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‘Suicidal’ man preys on women with kind hearts
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PHUKET: A woman noticed a “suicidal man” on a Web board, felt his pain and decided to reach out with a caring heart.

While the man soon said she had become the light of his life, the truth was that he had told many women the same thing and viewed them all as his victims.

“He has committed more than 100 crimes during the past three years,” Metropolitan Police commissioner Lt-General Kamronwit Toopkrajang said yesterday.

One of the victims of suspect Chakorn “Ome” Boonchern, aged 33, was so angry that she slapped him in the face at the Metropolitan Police Bureau yesterday.

Chakorn was arrested on Sunday night at a flat in Bangkok’s Lat Phrao district. Found in his room were 136 apparently stolen items, namely, handbags, ATM cards, credit cards, computer notebooks and cellphones.

“I can’t explain why I was so gullible. But I believe all of us would feel the same for another fellow human being when he said he was thinking about committing suicide,” the victim said, speaking on condition that her name was withheld.

“I offered words of encouragement and we began chatting online and on the phone,” she said. “After a week, he invited me to meet him and his parents, saying that he wanted to thank me in person.”

He described himself as a son of a famous politician and claimed his surname was “Thienthong”, she added. When they met, he told her to get a facial massage before meeting his parents, so that she had a “neat” look.

“He offered to carry my handbag for me. I didn’t suspect anything because he also put his wallet and cellphone in there,” she said. “But after I came out of the massage room, I found that he was gone.”

She headed straight to Lat Phrao police station to file a complaint and found that four other women had already lodged similar complaints.

Another victim said she had met Chakorn online in the same way and, at his insistence, agreed to meet him at a coffee shop in Bang Na district.

“He suggested that I get my hair washed and set before meeting his parents. I agreed, only to find out that he had run off with my bag [while I was being treated],” she said.

She said she hoped her case would serve to remind women not to fall victim to such a ruse because of a soft heart. “Don’t believe anyone too fast,” said the woman, who has since founded a Facebook page called “Hunt Down Ai Ome”. As of yesterday, the page had 2,866 “likes”.

Kamronwit said five women had also lodged rape complaints against Chakorn.

Chakorn, who appeared stressed at yesterday’s press conference, said: “I plead guilty to all theft charges, but not to sexual assault. You can check the recordings from security cameras, all those women walked out of the rooms normally and some even held my hand.”

Chakorn said he had lived off his victims for the past three years, during which time he had also given his wife and their child 15,000 baht a month.

Maj-General Pisit Pisutsak, deputy commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, said Chakorn had regularly moved from one rented place to the next so as to avoid arrest and suspicion.

“We managed to track him down this time because he contacted a professional photographer who had just lost his camera on Saturday night. Chakorn claimed he would return the camera if he got a 30,000 baht reward,” Pisit said. “The photographer alerted the police.”

— Phuket Gazette Editors

 

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‘Safe zone’ in Thailand for refugees fleeing Myanmar violence

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Due to the ongoing violence between the Myanmar military and ethnic troops, the Thai military has set up a “safe zone” for thousands of refugees in Mae Hong Son near the Salween River, the natural border between Thailand and Myanmar.

The prominent armed wing of the Karen National Union has openly supported the anti-coup movement in Myanmar, leading to clashes with the military junta. Recently, the Karen National Liberation Army reported took over a military outpost near the Thai border. Those just across the Salween River in Thailand said they could hear the gunshots and explosions.

Defence Ministry spokesperson Kongcheep Tantravanich says shelter and humanitarian assistance are being provided for around 2,200 people who have fled Myanmar.

Kongcheep says the “safe zone” is under tight security and only those authorised can enter. There are strict health and disease control measures are in place to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

His statement comes after the local civil rights group People of Salween River Basin Network called on the Thai government not to push refugees back, claiming that Thai soldiers had been ordered to tell the refugees to return to their home country due to a potential negative impact with border trade.

They say the Myanmar military has been carrying out airstrikes on Karen army bases and many Karen villagers fear for their safety.

Mae Hong Son governor, Sitthichai Jindaluang, also told a United Nations representative last week that refugees have been given shelter and assistance.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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Covid UPDATE: 1,630 new cases and 22 deaths, provincial totals

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1,630 new Covid-19 cases and 22 coronavirus-related deaths were reported today in the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration’s daily briefing. There are now 29,376 active Covid-19 cases. Since the start of the pandemic last year, the CCSA has reported 85,005 Covid-19 cases and 421 Covid-related deaths.

Out of the 22 deaths, most of the patients had chronic illnesses. Many contracted the virus from family members or close friends.

Most of the new cases were detected in Bangkok, particularly in districts with crowded communities and markets. While cases in Bangkok continue to be high, CCSA spokesperson Natapanu Nopakun says the number of new cases in most other provinces in Thailand is decreasing.

Health officials are rolling out proactive case finding campaigns in several high-risk communities, testing 9,000 to 10,000 per day, Nopakun says, adding that officials are working to provide the appropriate treatment as quickly as possible.

Those who test positive for Covid-19 and are asymptomatic must stay at an official field hospital for 14 days and then self-isolate at home for another 14 days.

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Thailand donates cash, equipment to Laos to help combat Covid-19 outbreak

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With Laos, just north of Thailand, under lockdown measures to control a spike of Covid-19 infections, the Royal Thai Embassy to Laos helping the country combat the outbreak and has donated cash and materials valued altogether at more than 16 million baht.

While cases have remained low in Laos since the start of the pandemic last year with active cases typically under 10, there was a spike in cases in mid-April and active cases are now at 1,302. The country reported its first coronavirus-related death yesterday.

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Active Covid-19 cases in Laos as of 9 May 2021, according to Worldometers.

Donations from Thailand help supply mobile biosafety labs to conduct swab Covid-19 testing and beds for Covid-19 patients as well as protective equipment such including 50,000 medical masks and more than 2,000 Personal Protective Equipment, or PPE, outfits.

An order of supplies valued at 8.5 million baht is set to be delivered by the end of the month. That order will have 2,000 more PPE outfits, Covid-19 test equipment, DNA/RNA extraction kits, and 2,500 test kits. Other equipment provided by Thailand include a defibrillator, patient monitoring machine, infrared thermometers, oxygen regulators, and pulse oximeters.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

 

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