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Chalong Police pressured over Knudsen murder

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PHUKET: Phuket Provincial Police expect the investigation into the stabbing murder of Norwegian Simen Sparre Knudsen to end in arrests soon.

Knudsen, a resident of Phuket for 20 years, was stabbed and left for dead on a dark, hilly roadside in Rawai on September 23.

He later died in hospital, despite a valiant effort by a German man to save his life. Knudsen’s wife later told the Gazette that all of his valuable were missing from the hip bag he always wore when he left the house.

Phuket Provincial Police Deputy Commander Col Paween Pongsirin told the Gazette this morning that the provincial police had come under a great deal of pressure to bring the culprits to justice, as the case has a direct bearing on Phuket’s image as a tourist destination.

Col Paween was speaking at a press conference at Phuket International Airport this morning to announce the conclusion of the victim identification work following the September 16 One-Two-Go air crash that claimed 89 lives.

Col Paween said he was following the investigation closely and was confident that it would be solved quickly, although he did not release any details about the investigation being conducted by Chalong Police.

A cause for optimism, he noted that most people who carry out violent robberies were career criminals with police records and most have already spent time behind bars.

“We realize that more needs to be done for criminals after their release so that they do not return to crime,” he said.

Chalong Police yesterday arrested one suspect in Karon for robbing a foreigner. The man has since admitted it was his fourth such robbery this year, he said.

Although the case appears to be unrelated to the Knudsen murder, Col Paween said that he had ordered Chalong Police to have the man re-enact the crimes so that his victims be found and compensated, if possible.

Chalong Police have also been ordered to use the man’s testimony to help identify risk areas and ensure they are made safer for both residents and tourists.

Earlier, the Karon Tambon Chief Winai Chidchiew criticized Chalong Police in the Thai-language press for not doing enough to bring perpetrators of wing raaw (snatch and run) crimes to justice.

“The situation is out of control in Karon,” he said.



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Some restrictions lifted for superyachts in the region

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Thailand is poised to ease rules on bareboat charters as well as introducing new measures to attract more luxury and super yachts into the region.

The new measures were laid out in a presentation called “Highlighting Strategies for Attracting Yachts and Improving Safety at Sea” held at the 2019 Thailand Yacht Show and Rendezvous in Phuket.

Gordon Fernandes, Asia Pacific Superyachts co-founder, outlined new measures to attract Superyachts in the meeting attended by officials from Thailand’s Customs Department.

Representing Thailand’s Customs Department, Kanchana Suwanicho, updated delegates on the rules applying for a temporary stay for yachts as well as outlining revisions for bareboat charter rules.

ttrweekly.com reports that, under the revisions, bareboat charters will not need to hire a Thai registered captain and engineer to be present on board vessels for the sailing duration.

“Out-dated rules are being reviewed, but due to recent boating tragedies involving foreign tourists authorities are concerned about potential safety lapses.”

Stating that Thailand wants to continue being the ‘Yachting Hub for Asia’ Kanchana said bareboat charters would not be required to hire a Thai captain and engineer, but the charterer would be required to show they had qualified personnel to assume full responsibility.

The Revenue department confirmed it was actively working to resolve a stumbling block linked to Superyacht charter licences.

“Once this stumbling block has been removed foreign flagged yachts, over 30 metres long, will be allowed to legally charter in Thailand. This will be a major boom for the industry both in Phuket and across the region.”

The easing of restrictions for superyachts coming to the region has been a major issue of the founder of the Thailand Yacht Show and Singapore Yacht Show, Andy Treadwell.

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Attendees of the “Highlighting Strategies for Attracting Yachts and Improving Safety at Sea”

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Suspect hands himself in to police, denies charges in Saphan Hin shooting

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A suspect has handed himself in to police after an arrest warrant was issued over a Saphan Hin shooting last week. The suspect is denying the charges.

A Thai man was shot dead near Saphan Hin in eastern Phuket last week. An arrest warrant was issued for the suspect shortly after as police went hunting for the suspect identified by witnesses.

Read more about the shooting HERE.

Wichit Police Chief Col Nikorn Somsuk says, “The suspect is 23 year old Jakkrit Sangsaard. Yesterday he presented himself to police for the shooting and carrying gun in public changes. He has denied the charges and been bailed.”

“At this stage we believe that the suspect and the dead man, Teerasak, had a previous conflict.. Teerasak stopped his motorbike and tried to fire a shot at the suspect but the gun misfired. The suspect then shot back. We are continuing our investigation.”

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Legal action taken against people who removed beer cans from beer truck accident scene

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PHOTOS / VIDEO:  Thanakrit Asulyakul / Mana Sombat / Kanlaya Singkangrang / Kritsada Mueanhawong

Legal action has already been taken against four people who ‘removed’ beer cans after a truck carrying boxes of beer cans overturned in Phuket on January 11.

A logistic company representative has filed a report with police after more than 80,000 beer cans, valued at more than two million baht, mysteriously “vanished” after the truck overturned in Rassada.

Read more about the incident outside a Rassada 7/11 HERE.

The Phuket City Police Chief Col Sompong Thiparpakun says, “Four people have now been arrested. They have admitted that they saw other people taking beer cans, so they did too. They say they have consumed the contents of all beer cans. ”

“If evidence can be provided that other people took these beer cans and sold them, legal action will be taken against them too.”

“It was illegal to remove these items from the crash scene.”

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