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Girl raped, murdered on train: SRT employee says he was drunk when he did it

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SRT employee says he was drunk when he inflicted crime
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PHUKET: A NEW employee of the State Railway of Thailand has claimed he was drunk when he raped and killed a 13-year-old passenger on a Bangkok-bound train early on Sunday.
Wanchai Saengkhao, 22, confessed to the crime late Monday night.

A police source said Wanchai had been drinking beer with his co-workers prior to the assault.

Wanchai was also arrested on drug charges in Bangkok five years ago, the source added.

His victim, Kaem, was riding the train with her two sisters and the boyfriend of the older one. Her travel companions fell asleep in the wee hours of Sunday and when they woke up they could not find her.

Kaem’s family quickly lodged a complaint with police, who summoned SRT staff on that train for questioning.

Contrary to SRT Governor Prapat Chongsanguan’s claim that the staff on the train belonged to a subcontractor, the SRT website shows Wanchai had sailed through the SRT recruitment process in the middle of last month.


Naked body found in bushes

At about 4am yesterday, rescue workers found the naked body of Kaem in the bushes next to the railroad in Prachuap Khiri Khan’s Pran Buri district.

Kaem’s family rushed to scene and broke into tears.

On her Facebook page, Kaem’s older sister blamed herself for failing to protect Kaem.

“I’m such a terrible sister. I’m so sorry. But I promise I’ll pursue action against your attacker to the end… I love you very much. I love you the most.”

Kaem’s relatives tried to hit Wanchai when he showed up for a press conference at the Pran Buri Police Station yesterday. Eventually, the briefing was held at another location for the media only.

Deputy National Police chief Aek Angsananont said he instructed investigators to conclude Kaem’s case within seven days.

An autopsy showed Kaem was most likely suffocated and was sexually violated.

Police are gathering more evidence to see if Wanchai was not alone.

The SRT’s Prapat said he was deeply saddened by the tragedy and would offer remedial measures to Kaem’s family.

— Phuket Gazette Editors

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Police accuse anonymous social media users of inciting looting during protests

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A spokesman for the Thai police says the Digital Economy and Society Ministry has asked for action to be taken against 58 social media accounts accused of encouraging looting at anti-government protests. Siriwat Deepor says the anonymous Twitter accounts are pointing to political demonstrations in other countries where looting occurs and property is destroyed.

“Chats in Twitter are claiming this kind of action (looting) occurs during rallies abroad. They are persuading participants to destroy government and private property at rally sites to raise the level of protest. We are concerned over this behaviour and would like to warn people who attend rallies not to become a tool of the bad guys who are trying to provoke these actions. Besides violating the emergency decree, such offences constitute theft, robbery, or causing loss of property under the Criminal Code.”

He adds that some responsible social media users warn against such actions and continue to advocate for peaceful protest as a way to achieve their objectives.

“We would like to thank you for your mindfulness in warning each other as a precautionary measure against third-party or malicious intervention.”

Siriwat adds that anyone caught using social media to incite violence at political rallies will be prosecuted for violation of the Computer Crimes Act and the emergency decree. His warning comes after police denied there were plans to block access to online platforms or media outlets.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Thai hotels to offer 1,000 baht discounts for expats

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To stimulate domestic tourism and help revive the economy after the pandemic, hotels plan to offer expats a 1,000 baht discount on rooms until the end of the year. A debt moratorium, put in place to help businesses hurt by the pandemic, is ending this month and hotels need a boost.

The Thai Hotels Association, or THA, says they will offer the discount on 5,000 room nights. Expats will need to show their passport. The discount is valid until December 31. THA president Marisa Sukosol Nunbhakdi says the new campaign supports the hotel industry during the tough economic situation. With a ban on international tourists over the past 7 months, many hotel rooms have been empty.

Even though Thailand is reopening borders to foreign visitors on the new Special Tourist Visa, the amount of international tourists expected to come in over the next month or so is a tiny fraction of the number of tourists arriving this time last year.

To reach out to foreigners who are already in the country, Thai hotels partnered with the Tourism Authority of Thailand for the Expat Travel Bonus program, offering travel, accommodation and other deals at events in Bangkok.

With the debt moratorium ending this month, Marisa says most hotels have restructured their debt with creditors. She says banks are trying to avoid nonperforming loans, which are loans more than 90 days overdue.

Since the coronavirus outbreak, occupancy rates have fallen drastically and many hotels temporarily closed. Marisa says it’s still necessary to continue with the stimulus campaign. She adds that the association is urging hotels not to raise the room rates or quote unfair prices to expats.

Thaiger Tip: Check whatever room rate you’re being offered under this new program with one of the online travel websites – bookings.com, aged.co, hotels.com, etc. Many of the hotels are already offering big discounts through the online booking portals.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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2 Thai protest leaders immediately re-arrested after being released on bail

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Authorities have re-arrested 2 of the leaders at the centre of anti-government protests right after they were granted temporary release on bail. Panasaya Sitthijirawattanakul, known as “Rung”, and Parit Chivarak, aka “Penguin”, were released yesterday from Patum Thani prison, north of Bangkok. They were being held on charges of violating the emergency decree and released alongside fellow protester Nutchanon Pairote, after Thammasat University professors paid bail of 200,000 baht for each of them.

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But they were promptly re-arrested on the basis of another warrant issued by police in the Bangkok sub-district of Chana Songkhram, this time charged over another mass gathering in violation of the emergency decree. They are being held pending another detention request being filed by police with the Dusit Municipality Court in the capital today.

It’s understood fellow activist, Nutchanon Pairote, who was apprehended alongside Panasaya the first time, and also released on bail, has not been re-arrested. He says protesters are celebrating after Cabinet approved a debate on re-drafting the Constitution.

“It is our first victory. We still cling to our 3 core demands in order to make Thailand a truly democratic country. If there is another gathering tomorrow, I will insist on going as I can’t leave any of my friends out there who are dedicating their time to fight for the country.”

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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