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Bad news for the Tiger of Thalang

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THALANG: Being the leader of a youth motorbike gang in Phuket is always dangerous. Occupational hazards include bullets and blades from members of rival gangs, police who will eventually make a charge stick, and carelessly-driven pickups that can quickly put an end to motorcycling mayhem. Despite the obvious risks, gang leader Kroekkriat Jantananon, from Baan Liphon in Thalang, would no doubt have been greatly surprised by the circumstances of his final undoing. At 27, Kroekkriat, who went by “Seua Liphon” or “Liphon Tiger”, was approaching retirement age as leader of his gang and decided to train a promising young man, “News”, to eventually take control of the group. News’s attempts to step into the shoes of leader of the gang, a Thai Rath reporter implied, led to him being charged with attempted murder early last year – a charge for which he was out on bail at the time of the events on New Year’s Day. Friends of Seua told reporters that the night started with the Liphon gang seeing in the new year at Patong Beach. After the countdown, the gang moved on to strut their stuff at Night Station disco on Rat-U-Thit 200 Pi Rd. While dancing at the club, News accidentally trod on the toe of a member of a local Patong gang, sparking a fracas. Pushing and shoving ensued, and the Patong gang member asked if News wanted “to take it outside”. News immediately accepted the challenge and, determined to prove his bravery, asked his friend Flat to accompany him to his bike to fetch a 9mm pistol from under the seat. News and Flat then walked back to teach the local boys a lesson, but were unable to find them. Determined not to let the slight on his honor go unpunished, News instructed Flat to drive the bike on a hunt for the enemy while News rode pillion, pistol at the ready. Unbeknownst to the two hunters, Seua and the other gang members had followed them out of the club. News and Flat found their quarry in the area of The Royal Paradise Hotel and were about to attack when Sq Ldr Sen Sgt Maj Amnat Kaewkrajok from Kathu District Police Station happened to pass by; seeing what was going on, he stepped in to put a stop to it. In front of crowds of Thai and foreign tourists, a ruckus ensued. News was thrown to the ground, but he managed to pull out his pistol and fire a shot into the air, just as Seua and the rest of the gang arrived on the scene. News, mistaking the newcomers for more members of the opposing gang, opened fire, hitting Seua in the neck and stomach, killing him. Also hit in the salvo were: Seua’s 24-year-old sister Netanapha, who was hit in the right leg; two gang members, Suwan Ratanapontri and Narong Thongkhod, both 20, who were grazed on the right shin and hit in the right knee respectively; and Phanitha Angsuchonsin, 22, who was seriously hurt after being hit in the stomach. On seeing the carnage he had created, News instructed Flat to drive him away from the scene before he could be apprehended by police. A local Thai-language daily reported on January 3 that police had caught up with News at his house in Tambon Srisoonthorn the next day as he was packing his bags to leave Phuket. During questioning News allegedly admitted that he had accidentally shot dead his own gang leader and that the gun he used had belonged to the victim. The report made no mention of the fate of Flat.

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Man stung by scorpion hiding in bag of fruit

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A Bangkok man has taken to social media to warn fruit lovers to check fruit thoroughly before eating it, after he was stung by a baby scorpion hiding in a bag of langsat fruit.

Pennung Chaiyachit says he put his hand in the bag, which contained about 2 kilos of the fruit, when he felt a sharp pain as if his thumb had been cut.

Mr Pennung washed his thumb and poured some rubbing alcohol on it but, despite there being no visible wound or any bleeding, his pain began to get worse and he decided to drive to hospital.

While waiting to see a doctor, Mr Pennung did an internet search which revealed a breed of tiny scorpion that can live on langsat fruit and has particularly powerful venom.

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The doctor decided to keep Mr Pennung in overnight as a precaution, giving him antibiotics and administering pain relief through IV.

Mr Pennung documented his experience on Facebook as a warning to others, advising them to always check bags of fruit thoroughly and always wash fruit before peeling.

SOURCE: Thai Residents

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Pet leopard not a hit with neighbours in Chonburi, Thailand

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A couple in Chonburi, eastern Thailand, have not ingratiated themselves with neighbours after it was revealed they’re keeping a pet leopard in their home.

It’s understood that a Thai woman known as Nittiya, and her foreign husband, nationality unconfirmed, have just recently moved to the area from Chiang Mai, and news of their unusual pet has put neighbours very much on edge.

The couple have just had a visit from the Thailand Wildlife Enforcement Network (Thailand-WEN) after anxious villagers notified officials, saying they believed the leopard had been acquired illegally.

They added that the leopard was living in the couple’s home and being treated as a pet, expressing concern that it could escape and attack people.

Yesterday, officials visited the home, which is surrounded by a 3-metre-high wall. Nittaya explained that the couple have had the leopard – named Typhoon – since it was born 4 years ago, producing the required documentation for inspection.

Officials agreed that the couple have the right to keep the leopard, but will need to apply for a new licence to keep it in its new location.

SOURCE: Thai Residents

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JetSki crashes into shop in Kamala, Phuket

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Not often we get to write this headline… “JetSki crashes into shop in Kamala”.

The jetski was being towed by a Saleng (motorcycle and side-car) through the streets of Kamala this afternoon when, for reasons we don’t yet (probably brake failure), the whole shebang went AWOL and ended up running into the front window of some tourist shops.

The jetskis are a common sight going through the backroads of the various west-coast shopping areas at the start and end of each day, on their way to the beach to hire to tourists, usually in a convoy with the jetski staff riding shotgun on top.

This time it was a lone JetSki, being towed by a saleng, that somehow veered off the street and into the roadside Kamala shops.

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