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Police claim they ‘had to kill’ north-east murder suspect

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PHOTO: Police bring suspects to re-enact the motorcycle and body disposal in the two provinces – The Nation

by Khamdee Phrommakong, Suriya Patathayo, Teerapol Khumsuk

Police claim they “had to kill” a wanted murder suspect, 29 year old Somsak “Au” Ledlod, in Yasothon’s Kham Khuan Kaeo district as he stole a pickup truck to flee and may have hurt the truck driver. Yasathon is north of Ubon Ratchathani in Thailand’s north-east, near the Laos border.

The comments from Yasothon police chief Maj General Pinyo Huankasin yesterday whilst speaking to the media.

Somsak, who police claim was a drug dealer and had served several prison sentences, was wanted for the murder of his girlfriend’s 34 year old ex-partner Chaiprasit Boonlert. He was fatally assaulted at Somsak’s house in Samut Prakran’s Bang Sao Thong district on February 2 and his body was then buried in woods in Chachoengsao’s Ban Pho district to conceal the crime.

Police traced Somsak’s movements from Ubon Ratchathani to Yasothon where the suspect had hijacked two trucks and one motorcycle during his escape and evasion of police.

He had allegedly reached the Pracha Ruamjai intersection at 7pm on Tuesday where he tried to hijack a third pickup.

“It was unlocked and waiting for a green light and police feared for the safety of the driver.”

The suspect sustained multiple gunshots – three in an arm, one in the chest, one in the stomach, one in the leg and two in back – because he also shot at officers, Pinyo said.

National police spokesman Colonel Krissana Pattanacharoen also said the armed suspect was killed because he resisted arrest.

Meanwhile, deputy police commissioner General Chalermkiat Srivorakan announced the arrest of the other five suspects, including Somsak’s girlfriend, 22 year old Plaethip Lokrak, whose chat messages allegedly lured the victim to the murder scene, and Somsak’s male friends and subordinates, all aged between 24 and 35.

They have been charged with conspiring in the assault and concealing the body to hide the cause of death. One more suspect, Jakkrit Noisawat, who was accused of helping to bury the body, was taken into custody from a prison where he was detained over a separate drug possession charge.

Somsak had Kitisak, Thanomsak and Wisarut dispose of the body and motorcycle in Soi Wat Bua Roy, Bang Sao Thong. But after police found the victim’s motorcycle, Somsak had Tinnakorn and Jakkrit move the body to bury in it in Chachoengsao.

Police said they later brought the suspects to re-enact the motorcycle and body disposal in the two provinces.

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Surin train runs over homeless man

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A homeless man has been killed after being hit by a passenger train in Surin’s main city district early today. Surin is north- east of Bangkok on the Cambodian border.

A policeman on duty at the Surin station was alerted at 5.48 am that the man, who police report appears to be in his 50s, was killed as the train left the station.

The Bangkok-Ubon Ratchathani train had stopped at the Surin Railway Station and the accident occurred while it was leaving the station for the next stop in its journey.

Police say the man was dragged by the train for about 30 metres before the train was stopped. The body was sent for an autopsy at Surin Hospital.

The policeman stationed at the station says he had frequently seen the homeless man walking along the tracks.

SOURCE: The Nation

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Plastic waste fire smothers village in acrid smoke

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by Prasit Tangprasert

Firefighters are struggling to control a major fire at a plastic waste-separating factory in Nakhon Ratchasima’s Noen Sung district which began on Wednesday afternoon and is still not completely completely extinguished. Nakhon Ratchasima is the gateway to the north-east, heading out of Bangkok.

Villagers in Ban Don Ree and Ban Som say they are worried about the health impact from the acrid smoke. Some residents have already moved to stay elsewhere.

Disaster Prevention and Mitigation officials are investigating to determine the cause of the fire.

The fire broke out at around 3pm on Wednesday at the abandoned plastic waste factory in Ban Don Ree in Tambon Don Chomphu where hundreds of tonnes of plastic waste were ignited.

Over 10 fire engines responded to the factory, which was abandoned nearly a decade ago as the previous owner reportedly faced a bankruptcy lawsuit and the property was passed onto a bank.

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PM concerned over public safety in northern areas because of tropical storm warnings

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Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha says he’s concerned over public safety in risk areas of tropical storms that have been forecast for the northern regions up until next Tuesday.

He’s instructed all authorities to promptly take preventive and relief measures against potential damage.

Deputy government spokesman Lt. Gen. Werachon Sukondhapatipak says the PM is concerned over the welfare and safety of people in risk areas of tropical storms expected in the upper parts of Thailand during the period March 14 and March 19.

Tropical storms are expected to begin to gather in the northeastern and eastern regions of the country and to prevail over the northern and central regions and Bangkok and outlying provinces at a later date.

The PM called on villagers to closely follow the radio news about the advice of the authorities such as the Meteorological Department.

The villagers are advised to refrain from being in open space or under big trees or instable signboards or buildings. Farmers were advised to brace for possible damage to their farm goods.

In addition, the premier instructed the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives and the armed forces to continually monitor the situation and alert the villagers in risk areas of tropical storms and to prepare plans for preventive and relief measures in prompt manner.

The weather for the southern part of the country, including the Andaman Coast, is for some potential thunderstorms but mostly fine, according to the Thai Meteorological Department.

SOURCE: NNT

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