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Krabi murder victims’ relatives win civil appeal

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by Sitthichai Sikhawat

An appeals court has today approved a civil lawsuit appeal for financial compensation for their murdered relatives in a Krabi massacre.

A village headman and 10 members of his family were shot in the head in an execution style massacre at their home in Krabi. Carried out by several assailants yesterday, the massacre left eight dead and three others with serious injuries. Read the rest of the original story HERE.

The Nation reports that Khao Ngam village headman Worayuth Sunglung and seven relatives, including three children, were shot dead at their house in Krabi’s Ao Luek district on July 11, 2017.

Only three people survived the attack, which occurred following an hours-long hostage standoff with 11 victims.

The appeals court said the seven relatives, who filed the appeal, were not co-plaintiffs in the criminal lawsuit and their appeal regarding the criminal procedure was dismissed.

In March this year, the Krabi Provincial Court gave a death sentence to 41 year old money-lender Surifath “Bang Fath” Bannopwongsakul and Khomsan Wiangnon, 41, Abdulloh Doloh, 30, Arun Thongkham, 29, Prajak Boontoy, 36, and Thanachai Jamnong, 41.

Two other defendants, 37 year old Tawatchai Boonkong and 41 year old Chalita Sangkhachart, received a 21 month jail term and a 12 month term respectively for more minor roles in the crime.

In the civil action for compensation, the primary court ordered the six murderers to pay 630,000 to 2.4 million baht to each of the eight plaintiffs.

The killing reportedly stemmed from Surifath’s dispute with the 46 year old Worayuth after Surifath failed to return land deeds, placed as collateral for a loan, to Worayuth after the debts were already repaid. The dispute caused both sides to threaten each other before the massacre occurred.

Surifath’s lawyer Kriangsak Saraphi said he had contacted his client after the appeals court verdict and had agreed to pay the compensation to the victims’ relatives.

The relatives, who filed the appeal, were reportedly satisfied with the verdict.

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Man found with drugs at Krabi checkpoint

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A man has been arrested with methamphetamine pills at a checkpoint in Krabi today. He was stopped at the checkpoint because his girlfriend wasn’t wearing a bike helmet.

The Krabi City Police arrested 22 year old Atsadawut Nuisuchon who was driving his motorbike past a checkpoint in Krabi city centre today. He was found with 20 methamphetamine pills.

Police stopped him as his girlfriend wasn’t wearing a safety helmet. Atsadawut fled the scene but left his motorbike and girlfriend behind.

Police followed him and arrested him within half an hour. He and his girlfriend were taken to Krabi City Police Station for further legal action.

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Fake 500 baht banknote found in Krabi store

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A fake 500 baht banknote has been discovered at a convenience store in Krabi.

Police headed to the store in Mueang Krabi District after they were notified of the dodgy 500 baht note.

43 year old Maimunoh Somsa, the store manager, was waiting for police with the item in question – a very good copy of a 500 baht Thai banknote.

The manager told police that at about noon on Wednesday there was a woman buying cigarettes and a lighter for 72 baht. She handed over the 500 baht banknote. The staffer didn’t realise at that time that it was a fake. It was later discovered long after the woman had made her purchase.

Police are continuing their investigations to find the suspect and track down the source of the fake note.

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Maya Bay’s extended closure “vital to conserve the ecology”

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Worapot Lomlim, chief of the Hat Nopparatthara-Phi-Phi Islands national park has confirmed that he might keep Maya Bay closed for up to five years to allow the current recovery to continue.

The Department of National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation has agreed to extend the closure of Ao Maya, or Maya Bay, located on one of the Phi Phi islands between Krabi and Phuket, for another six month period after an initial 10 month closure to allow nature to regenerate the ecosystem.

The Chief reports that the local ecological systems of Maya Bay, degraded by years of accelerating tourist traffic, has steadily improved during the current closure. Up to 5,000 tourists a day were visiting Maya Bay at its peak before authorities weighed up the pressures of the conservationists and tour operators and decided it was best to close the popular tourist attraction for an extended period

He cited the frequent sightings of blacktip reef sharks near the beach and the gradual growth of some 23,000 corals farmed at a coral centre in Trang province, which were planted in the Bay with the help of volunteer divers.

After the next six-month extended closure, Khon Worapot indicated that the department will consider extending the closure for an even longer period, up to 4-5 years, to allow full rehabilitation of the environment and the ecological system.

Maya Bay was closed to all tourist access on June 1, 2018.

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