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PM orders security review for nation’s armouries in wake of mass shooting

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The death toll from the weekend’s shooting rampage in Korat has climbed 30, with 57 others injured. PM Prayut Chan-o-cha, himself a general, yesterday ordered a review of security at the nation’s armouries.

“If we had fully followed the standard security procedure, we would have been able to mitigate the degree of violence in this incident. Even if we insisted we had completely followed a proper security procedure, the question is what more could we have done to improve the efficiency of security measures?”

Prayut said that the ease with which weapons were taken by the gunman after he shot and killed the officer guarding the armoury was cause for concern.

Army chief Apirat Kongsompong says Jakrapanth knew the people at the armoury well and they would have not have expected untoward behaviour from him. An urgent order has been sent out to all army units to adopt stricter security measures, including that bolt carriers of guns in guard post armouries are removed and kept separately by the chief of the post. Under the new measures, ammunition and machine guns will no longer be stored at any guard post.

Commandos from elite police units yesterday shot dead Sergeant Major 1st Class Jakrapanth Thomma after he went on a shooting rampage in Korat, Nakhon Ratchasima that left 30 dead, after an operation involving hundreds of security personnel.

Prayut, meanwhile, defended the lengthy stand-off, saying the hostages and number of bystanders at the scene forced police to act cautiously to prevent further loss of life.

As for the gunman’s motive, Prayut said he’d learned there was a personal conflict involving a dispute over a house sale with a relative of Jakrapanth’s commanding officer, which arose three days before the incident.

“They would never have thought the dispute would result in this extreme violence because he [Jakrapanth] was normally not evil. But what he has done is wholly evil.”

Just hours before his attack began on Saturday, the Jakrapanth posted on Facebook denouncing “greedy people who take advantage of others,” demanding “Do they think they can spend the money in hell?” He broadcast much of the spree on Facebook Live as well as frequent updates to his account charting the attack from the army barracks in the city to the mall. Some observers are angry he was able to exploit Facebook to draw publicity for five hours before the social media giant pulled his account down.

Meanwhile, thousands attended a candlelight vigil in Nakhon Ratchasima in memory of the massacre’s victims.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Mother and daughter arrested over 7 million baht fortune-telling scam

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Appears the pair weren’t smart enough to predict the police coming to their door.

A Thai fortune teller and her daughter have been arrested after charging a customer more than 7 million baht for predictions and forecasts about their life. Normally, fortune-telling sessions, popular in Thai life, range between 100 and thousands of baht, depending on the popularity of the fortune teller and the methods they use.

And then there’s the fortune tellers who adorn their predictions with additional elaborate rituals than push up the price. 48 year old Samorn and her daughter 19 year old Sukanya were arrested with and arrest warrant from the Roi Et Court, north-eastern Thailand.

Samorn aka. “Auntie Doctor” rented a space at a Roi Et market in 2018. Sukjai was one of her victims that walked in and decided on a session. Samorn informed Sukjai that she had bad luck in her life, according to the cards, and that she “will be unhappily burdened with a heavy problem”.

Samorn offered to help her get rid of her bad luck but (surprise) she would have to purchase offerings for the ritual.

To make things even easier, Samorn claimed that Sukjai didn’t have to be with her when the ritual was being done. Instead would send a photo confirming the ritual had been completed. But Samorn kept calling Sukjai with more warnings about impending bad luck, including references to members of her family.

Now time to super-size the scam!

Samorn stated that she could solve ALL of Sukjai’s bad luck. Over a period of 4-6 months in 2019 Samorn had used her daughter’s bank account to bank the money transfers from Sukjai. The full amount totalled 7,285,622 baht.

Police investigated Samorn and Sukanya and discovered they used the same scam with other victim, taking advantage of their lack of education and personal sadnesses There were 2 other victims in Samut Prakan province with damages totalling 220,000 baht. In the case of one of those victims Samorn returned 170,000 baht in exchange to not take the case to court, according to Thai Residents.

The fortune telling gang told police they’d used the money for gambling, online casinos, had purchased 2 vehicles and renovated their home in Roi Et, so the money was all gone. The pair have been sent to the Pathumrat Police Station for prosecution.

SOURCE: Thai Residents | INN News

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Udon Thani thief arrested after “invisibility spell” fails to work

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Police in the northeastern province of Udon Thani yesterday arrested a thief claiming to have magical powers, after his “invisibility spell” failed to work. Thirty-two year old Anurak Promwang claims to have used the spell successfully many times in the past, and blames the removal of his trousers for his arrest. Security footage captured the thief in action, including the moment he left the building wearing just a shirt and underwear.

Officials say the Theerada Pharmacy in Udon Thani City was robbed. Security footage not only showed the thief in his underwear, revealing tattoos on his legs, but also his Toyota truck. At the suspect’s home officers found evidence including the truck, pliers and screwdrivers used to break into the store, cosmetics, and pharmaceutical products. They say this is not Anurak’s first time robbing a store and believe he has robbed at least 10 other businesses in the area.

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PHOTO: The “invisible” thief captured on CCTV – Khaosod

Anurak was jailed 13 years ago for a drug offence. When released, he worked as a delivery driver in Bangkok, later returning home to Udon Thani to stay with his wife, with whom he had a child. Anurak told police he entered monkhood for eight years, during which time he “learned magic and got tattoos” that could help him. He says he mastered the “invisibility spell,” allowing him to rob at least 10 businesses without being caught.

Anurak believes he was just unlucky this time. While he was breaking into the shop, his trousers ripped and he wasn’t able to walk comfortably, so he took them off, leaving him in his underwear and exposing his tattoos. He believes this is the reason the spell didn’t work and he was caught on security footage.

SOURCE: Thai Residents

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Principal beats 10 year old, threatens to kill him and “eat his liver with whisky”

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A grandpa in the northeastern province of Surin couldn’t take it anymore and decided to file a police report after a school principal gave his 10 year old grandson a head injury. The statement alleges that the principal threatened to beat the boy to death and to “eat the child’s liver with whisky.” 83 year old “Supon” filed the report at the Sanom Police Station in Surin Sanook News Team reports.

Supon alleges that the principal called his grandson in for a talk, and beat the boy on the head and arms so badly that the boy ended up with a bleeding 10 centimetre head wound. Officials went to inspect the school and a meeting took place with the school’s principal during which he admitted that the report was true.

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Supon complained that what happened to his grandson shouldn’t happen in this day and age. The principal says he hit the child because he could no longer handle the boy’s behaviour. Every day the boy would be called in to meet the principal at least 3 times. He was angry and told the child that he should be beaten to death and his liver eaten with whisky. This scared the boy so badly he refused to go to school for 3 days.

Nattanee Anusasnan an official of the Provincial Social Development and Human Security Office, stated that the topic is very sensitive. “The boy is young and he is still learning. No matter how much he is acting out there should be a better solution than violence. Parents should understand if a child prefers book study or sports and choose appropriately the school that matches the child.”

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She hoped the boy’s parents and the principal could come to an agreement, but the case will be dealt with by police and according to law.

SOURCE: Thai Residents | Daily News

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