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“It wasn’t me.” Russian denies stealing money and beating up exchange booth attendant in Pattaya

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“It wasn’t me.” Russian denies stealing money and beating up exchange booth attendant in Pattaya | The Thaiger

PHOTO: Daily News

The Russian man accused of attacking a Thai woman at a Jomtiem exchange booth and making off with nearly 700,000 baht is denying his involvement in the robbery. This is despite the incident being caught on CCTV.

Earlier 30 year old Sunee Kaewyu was assaulted and robbed in a money exchange booth on Sukhumvit Road outside the Ambassador City Hotel in Jomtien, Pattaya.

Police caught up with the alleged thief within ten hours of the crime.

34 year old Nikolay Rybakov was arrested at Suvarnabhumi Airport while attempting to leave the country with his Russian wife on Saturday.

Pol Gen Chalermkiat Sriworakhan reported that the Russian “continues to deny everything despite overwhelming evidence”.

He was found in possession of a black bag from the robbery. He said the money – 670,320 baht’s worth of local and US currency – was his.

An associated motorcycle and car were found parked in the airport lot.

Pol Gen Chalermkiat said that the suspect was an ex military man who had come to Thailand a year ago and had failed to find work and seen his savings dwindle as a result.

He said he desperately needed money so that he could take it back to Russia to start over.

Investigations are continuing to see if his wife was an accomplice to the crime.

Meanwhile the owner of the booth, 33 year old Chatchaya Chaiyayongkoon, has presented flowers to the police as thanks for their quick work in the case.

She says that Sunee had been hit 13 times and was recovering from facial injuries in a hospital in Sri Racha.

SOURCE: Daily News (Translated)



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Motorcyclist crushed by truck in Thalang

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Motorcyclist crushed by truck in Thalang | The Thaiger

A motorbike passenger has died following an incident with a truck in Thalang this morning.

Thalang Police were notified of the accident on Thepkasattri Road southbound in Mueang Mai, Thalang.

Police and rescue workers arrived to find the body of a woman, identified by police as Boonnam Thepnui from Pattalung.  Her body was taken to the Thalang Hospital.

A motorbike on the road and a truck waiting were found at the scene.

Thalang Police report that the truck, whose driver was Nikorn Pakpoe from Surat Thani, was heading from Thalang towards Phuket Town. The motorbike, whose driver was Kamron Tampueak from Krabi with Ms Boonnam, were heading from the same way. Kamron sustained only minor injuries in the incident.

The truck slightly tapped the motorbike and the motorbike fell down on the road. Ms Boonnam was crushed under the truck and died at the scene.

Police are further investigating the incident.

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If your motorbike is stolen, just wait a few days

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If your motorbike is stolen, just wait a few days | The Thaiger

Not only did he get his motorbike back, but he should go out and buy a lottery ticket. What are the chances…?

The owner of a stolen motorcycle got his transport back three days later after a man ran out of petrol just in front of him in Songkhla’s Muang district on Tuesday.

The owner of the motorcycle, identified only as Ken, and his friends briefly assaulted and captured the motorcyclist, identified only as 35 year old Piak, before handing over him to police.

But Piak was later released without charges after he claimed that he had borrowed the motorcycle from a friend. Police said they would later summon Piak’s friend for questioning.

Ken said his motorcycle was stolen from in front of his house in Songkhla’s Singha Nakhon district. He said he has been searching for it without success.

But he went to visit a friend in tambon Pawong in Songkhla’s Muang district and while he and several friends were eating there, Piak stopped in front of the house as the petrol ran out.

When Ken and friends came out to check whether Piak needed any help, Ken recognised his bike and captured the man.

SOURCE: The Nation

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Phuket beach back to normal after oil-spill clean-up

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Phuket beach back to normal after oil-spill clean-up | The Thaiger

PHOTOS: The Phuket PR Office

A beach in Ao Makham is almost back to normal following a big cleanup was launched to clear a black oil spill that had polluted 300 metres of shoreline yesterday.

The oil spill was located along a beach at Ao Makham in Wichit over the weekend. It is believed to be from a big ship.

Read more about the discovery and clean-up HERE.

Navy officers along with hotel staff in the area were helping to clean the beach and remove oil-stained sand.  Beachgoers and tourists were still enjoying the beach during the clean-up operations, despite a strong smell coming from the oil.

The Phuket PR Office is reporting that the Phuket Marine Office has already filed a report to police in order to identify suspects who may have released the oil. They say they will face full legal action when identified as this oil affects the marine environment and tourism.

More efforts on fishing and tour boats management are also being considered in order to prevent any waste or oil releasing into the sea.

Phuket beach back to normal after oil-spill clean-up | News by The Thaiger

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