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British woman murdered, boyfriend sought

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PATONG: A 31-year old British woman, Debra O’Hanlon, was found dead in the Eric Guesthouse on Nanai Rd around 2 pm yesterday.

Police say they are searching for her boyfriend, Briton Paul Chetwynd-Talbot, also 31 and also British, in connection with her death.

The two were apparently staying in the same room in the guesthouse and police told the Gazette that Talbot has not been seen since before Ms O’Hanlon’s body was found.

One witness claimed to have seen the couple entering their room late on Sunday night and Talbot leaving alone some time later.

Talbot and Ms O’Hanlon had owned the Red Or Dead bar in Patong, but are believed to have sold it after the December 26, 2004, tsunami wiped out the business financially.

Pol Lt Padungpong Duksukaew, Duty Officer of Kathu Police Station, told the Gazette that Ms O’Hanlon and Talbot flew back to England after the bar was sold. Talbot is thought to have returned to Phuket in May.

Lt Padungpong said that Ms O’Hanlon came to Thailand in the past few days to try to persuade Talbot to return to England.

Pol Col Teeraphol Thipjaroen, Superintendent of Kathu Police Station, told the Gazette that an initial examination of the body suggested that Ms O’Hanlon had been struck hard in the face with a blunt object and that her neck was broken.

He also said that whoever caused her death may be injured; blood was found at the scene, yet there were no cuts or lacerations on the victim’s body. Samples of blood collected from the apartment have been sent for analysis, he said.

Lt Padungpong said that friends and staff at the guesthouse became concerned about the couple because they had not turned up to farewell parties as expected on Sunday and Monday night.

Col Teeraphol and Lt Padungpong agreed that Talbot was suspected of killing Ms O’Hanlon because, they said, it was reported that the couple had been heard arguing loudly in the days before her death, and because Talbot has not been seen since the body was discovered.

Col Teeraphol said that he was sure that Talbot was still in Thailand. “We have checked all the airlines and alerted the Immigration Department, but there is no record of him having left the country,” he explained.

Ms O’Hanlon’s body has been taken to Wachira Phuket Hospital for autopsy.



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Slow loris released back into Phuket forest

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PHOTOS: Department of National Parks

Officers from of the Khao Phra Thaeo Non-Hunting Area have helped in the release of a slow loris back into the wild yesterday.

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation reports that the head of Khao Phra Thaeo Non-Hunting Area, Pongchart Chueahom, yesterday released the slow loris to the Khao Phra Thaeo Non-Hunting Are in Thalang.

The slow loris was found near a furniture factory in Thalang last week. It was being treated at a pet hospital before being handed over to Khun Pongchart when it was ready to be set free.

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Seastead structure dragged back to shore by Royal Thai Navy

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A floating seastead has today been towed by a naval vessel back to the Port of Phuket in Cape Panwa. Meanwhile the Deputy PM Wissanu Krea-ngam is challenging the owners and builders of the structure to take the Thai Government and Navy to the International Court of Justice.

The Royal Thai Navy’s Third Fleet ventured out with a group of reporters on Saturday to inspect the floating seastead, the first of about 20 planned Ocean Builders for the open waters about 22km from Phuket’s Koh Racha Yai.

Nothing valuable was found on board the octagon-shaped steel and aluminium structure which was attached to a floating platform.

Two vessels were used in today’s operation. The living quarters were detached and placed on the first vessel and the second towed the floating platform to the shore for safe keeping pending legal action against its owner as well as the builder, Ocean Builders Company.

Dr. Wissanu said yesterday that Thai authorities were authorised to remove or dismantle the floating housing unit with or without the consent of its owner after finding the structure could pose a threat to Thai national security and sovereignty in accordance with Article 119 of the Criminal Code.

He said that the structure also posed an obstacle to vessels and was located not far from an oil rig.

Regarding the threat by Ocean Builders Company to sue the Thai government in the International Court of Justice for the removal, the deputy PM says he welcomes the move, noting that no government anywhere would allow a seastead settlement near their maritime territory.

Seasteader Chad Andrew Edwartowski and his Thai wife, Mrs. Nadia Summergirl, are wanted by the Thai police for questioning after Thai immigration revoked the American’s non-immigrant visa and blacklisted him.

SOURCE: Thai PBS

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Phuket taxi slams into tree in Phattalung

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PHOTOS: Phattalung Rescue

Two people have sustained serious injuries after a Phuket taxi slammed into a tree in Phattalung last night.

Phattalung rescue workers were notified of the accident in Mueang Pattalung District at 7.57pm last night (Sunday).

They arrived at the scene to find the Phuket registered taxi resting in front of the big tree on the side of the road near a temple. The front of the vehicle had extensive damage following the collision.

The two people who sustained serious injuries were 58 year old Wanchai Srithong and 64 year old Jamras Srithong. They were both taken to the Phattalung Hospital.

Pattalung City Police are continuing their investigation. There has been no explanation given at this stage as to why a Phuket taxi was in Phattalung.

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