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CSD called in after diver’s disappearance

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KAMALA: The family of missing divemaster Phikun “Nori” Srisaksungnoen traveled to Bangkok on December 22 and filed a missing-person report with the Crime Suppression Division (CSD), which is now investigating the disappearance independently of Kathu Police Station. K. Nori’s mother, 54-year-old Soi Mungpanklang, and her younger sister Thanachat Srisaksungnoen, 23, told CSD officials that the investigation by Kathu Police Station had stalled, and that they had reason to believe K. Nori was murdered by her German ex-husband. They fear that he disposed of her body by feeding it to one of the more than 200 snakes kept on his large hillside estate in Kamala – a claim that her ex-husband rejects. The story has been widely and colorfully published in the Thai press, but police officers confirm that no charges have been laid. They say they have yet to discover meaningful evidence, and that the ex-husband has been cooperating with them in their investigations. K. Nori, 25, was last seen at about 10 pm on November 29 at a bar in Kamala, where she had been celebrating with friends after a dive. Her family members, who also live in Kamala, said her disappearance was strange because she left behind her car and two children, who are now being cared for by their father. K. Phikun ended the relationship with her husband about six months ago after 10 years of living together as man and wife in an unregistered marriage which began when K. Nori was just 15 years old. Apparently the estranged couple continued to live on the same estate even after the marriage ended. CSD interrogator Pol Capt Direk Chomyong told the Gazette that the family was concerned that K. Pikun’s estranged husband might have murdered her in a jealous rage because she had taken a new lover. They also feared that he fed her body to a snake, adding that one of his three-meter pythons had gone missing. Capt Direk quoted K. Thanachat as telling him that K. Nori and her ex-husband fought many times because he was jealous of her new boyfriend. They told the CSD that until late on the evening of November 29, neighbors often reported hearing screams coming from the house, but that after that there was only silence, and nobody had seen K Nori since. Kathu Police Station Superintendent Pol Col Chalit Thinthani told the Gazette that he had not yet been contacted by the CSD. He confirmed that a search of the grounds had turned up one of K. Pikun’s shoes, which was stained with blood. Col Chalit said, “[The husband] keeps more that 200 snakes in his home, but he denies killing his wife. He told us that K. Nori [probably] ran away with her lover. While we were there, he allowed the police to make a search.” Col Chalit said that a check had revealed that all of the snakes were legally registered and were used for educational purposes. He added that Kathu Police will continue to investigate. “A few days ago somebody told us they saw somebody that looks like K. Nori walking along Patong Beach,” he added. Marcus Etter of Merlin Divers, where K. Nori had worked, described the missing woman as his business partner and told the Gazette that he had still not been contacted by her. He is offering a 50,000-baht reward for her return. Anyone who has seen K. Nori is asked to notify his or her local police station, or to contact Mr Etter at 076-385518, 06-6829861, or [email protected]



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Police searching for the killer after shooting near Saphan Hin

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A Thai man has been shot dead near Saphan Hin in eastern Phuket earlier today. The arrest warrant has already been issued for the suspect.

The Wichit Police were notified of the incident on Rattanakosin 200 pi Road near Saphan Hin at 3.40am this morning.

Police and rescue workers arrived to find the body of 30 year old Teerasak Saeong from Phuket covered with blood and laying on the road. Two bullet wounds were found on his right and left temple.

Seven bullets were also found around Mr Teerasak’s body. Nearby they found a motorbike. His body was taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital for full autopsy and identification.

Witnesses told police that Mr Teerasak was stopped on his motorbike and was talking with the suspect who was in a black car. The suspect shot at Mr Teerasak and sped away.

Mr Teerasak was the son of a member of Rassada’s Municipal Council. At this stage police believe that the two had personal conflicts. Police are now searching for the driver of the vehicle who shot Mr Teerasak.

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Danish tourist dies in Phuket road accident

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A male Danish tourist, driving a motorbike, has died after colliding with a truck in front of a market in Kathu.

The Kathu Police were notified of the incident on Phra Phuket Keaw Road in front of the new outdoor Vintage Market in Kathu at 3am yesterday morning.

Police and Kusoldharm rescue workers arrived at the U-turn to find the truck and driver waiting. The driver of the truck was 36 year old Sontaya Suchata waiting in the middle of the U-turn area.

Nearby they found a damaged Honda PCX and 51 year old Claus Pathuel Jensen, a Danish national from Glostrup. He was found unconscious under the truck. He was rushed to Vachira Phuket Hospital but was pronounced dead upon arrival.

Police report that the truck was going to take a U-turn outside the market area. The truck driver says he was unaware that Mr Jensen was coming from behind in the right lane. The motorbike was unable to avoid the collision with the truck and Mr Jensen PCX ploughed into the rear of the vehicle.

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Australian woman deported for overstaying visa by over 100 days

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PHOTOS: Facebook/Claire Johnson

An Australian woman, who was caught overstaying her visa by 111 days, will be released from detention and deported by Thai authorities tonight.

She came to the media’s attention on Monday after sending urgent messages to a friend saying that she was being taken to a detention centre and that “they are taking my phone”.

46 year old Claire Amelia Johnson is an Australian Gold Coast resident. She will depart Bangkok on a QANTAS flight scheduled to arrive in Sydney tomorrow (Friday) morning.

She was due to return to Australia more than a week ago but on Monday evening sent messages to her friend Juliet Potter and told her that she was in an immigration detention centre in Bangkok and begged her to please “help me”.

Read The Thaiger story about her desperate pleas HERE.

Ms Johnson had been running a medical tourism business called Cosmetic Holidays International that offered cosmetic packages in Phuket”.

The business was voluntarily deregistered with the Australian Securities Commission in May 2017, after five years of operation, but her social media accounts continued to promote her cosmetic-surgery tourism business.

Thailand’s immigration chief, Surachate Hakparn, told Australia’s Fairfax media that Ms Johnson had been arrested, as well as fined, and would be deported after overstaying her tourist visa by more than 100 days.

“My Immigration Department will send her to Australia. She leaves tonight.”

Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade would say only that it was “providing consular assistance to an Australian woman detained in Thailand”, without naming Claire.

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