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Disgraced tycoon Boonkeng shot in Bangkok

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BANGKOK (Phuket Gazette/Kom Chad Luek): Disgraced businessman Boonkeng Srisansuchart, evicted in 2004 from land in the Panturat Hills along the bypass road, was wounded in a gun attack in Bangkok on Saturday morning.

An associate of his, Nimit Pokaphol, a former civil servant in the Phuket Provincial Land Office (PPLO), was killed in the attack by a round from a .22 firearm.

K. Boonkeng, 57, was injured in the neck by a single shot and spent time under police guard in a Bangkok hospital before returning today to Phuket.

K. Boonkeng and K. Nimit had traveled to Bangkok to meet with the 80-year-old former Deputy Commander of Police Region 8, Pol Maj Gen Preecha Pakpaiboon. They were shot as they walked through Lad Phrao District to hail a taxi after the meeting.

Although the motive behind the attack is not yet known, Pol Lt Col Teerawat Mungkalasiri, Deputy Superintendent of Chok Chai Police Station in Bangkok, speculated that it may have been in connection with a business deal.

According to the Kom Chad Luek newspaper, a close relative of the injured tycoon suggested that a soured land deal was the cause for the attack.

However, another relative of K. Boonkeng said that it was K. Nimit who was the intended and successful target of the assassination, suggesting that K. Boonkeng had simply been in the wrong place at the wrong time.

In June 2004, four plots of land in the Panturat Hills were seized from K. Boonkeng by the Anti-Money Laundering Office (AMLO) in Bangkok. AMLO confiscated the land after the Phuket Appeal Court ruled that K. Boonkeng had wrongfully obtained it.

AMLO confirmed that all four plots were SorPorKor land, which is land owned by the state but allocated to poor, landless farmers for use in providing for themselves and their families.

It has been alleged that, in 1983, a provincial vice-governor allowed K. Boonkeng to take out a 30-year lease on the four plots, totaling 76 rai and comprising forest and agricultural land.

K. Boonkeng was said to be planning to use the land to collect water for a development of prestige homes, but the properties were never built.

AMLO accused K. Boonkeng of obtaining Chanote or NorSor 3 Gor titles to the land with the help of corrupt staff in the provincial Land Office. AMLO had already confiscated assets worth around 30 million baht from former land officers accused of producing fake land papers.

Lt Col Teerawat said that officers are continuing their investigations into the double shooting.

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Woman arrested for abandoning newborn baby on a bench in Phuket

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Police tracked down and arrested a Burmese woman who allegedly left her newborn baby on a bench in Phuket’s Patong area last week. The mother faces charges of abandoning a baby.

The newborn was left in a reusable shopping bag on a bench behind a Krungthai Bank branch. A woman in the area heard the baby crying and found the newborn in the bag along with a bottle of milk, diapers and clothing. Police reviewed surveillance camera footage shows a woman, police later identified as Ei Ei Phyu, leaving the bag on the bench.

Police say the woman gave birth on September 9 at a local hospital in Surat Thani’s Phun Phin district. Ei Ei allegedly took a van from Surat Thani to Phuket on September 22 and stayed with a friend in Patong. The early the next morning, she allegedly left her baby on the bench before boarding a bus back to Surat Thani.

Burmese workers in the Patong area told police Ei Ei used to work at a local Indian food restaurant before she moved to Surat Thani to work as a rubber tapper. Ei Ei allegedly told police she is not in the position to raise a child.

In earlier reports, police said the baby is healthy and does not appear to have any injuries.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Phuket police arrest 6 after finding large amounts of methamphetamine in raid

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Phuket Provincial Police have arrested 6 people after finding large amounts of methamphetamine and other drugs during a raid. One suspect alone allegedly had 7.6 kilograms of crystal meth (ya ice) and over 12,500 methamphetamine pills (ya bah). 29 year old Surasak ‘Bank’ Wijit and 27 year old Panida ‘Mei’ Saeyang were arrested at an apartment car park in Soi Lookkaew, Moo 6, Rassada, in eastern Phuket, after they were found in possession of the drugs.

Police also found 2 mobile phones and a red Honda PCX, registered in Phuket, as evidence. Both suspects have been charged with posessing a Category 1 drug with the intent to sell.

Other suspects arrested at the same time include 36 year old from Chiang Rai, 42 year old Sarawut ‘An’ Srichanon, from Ranong and 31 year old Pornthep ‘Iew’ Thepchampa, who were charged with the same crimes in Chalong after police found more drugs in their possession. 33 year old Kamon ‘Kung’ Sae-ngow, was arrested as well after police found kratom juice and leaves at a house in Rassada. He was taken to Phuket City Police station and was charged with a Category 5 drug possession.

SOURCE:The Phuket News

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Phuket Muay Thai fighter is the first Thai national to compete in UFC

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The upcoming Ultimate Fighting Championship Fight Night event in Abu Dhabi will feature Thailand’s only national marking her third fight with the UFC, the world’s largest mixed martial arts competition. 24 year old Loma Lookboonme, from Burirram in northeastern Thailand, will fight in the event on October 3, 2020.

Loma is a Muay Thai fighter who has adapted her MMA skills to fight in the UFC where she currently trains at the Tiger Muay Thai gym in Phuket. Loma qualified for the national team at the age of 19 and has fought in over 12 nations worldwide. She currently trains 6 days a week starting daily at 6:30am with a 3 kilometre run. In the UFC, she will be competing against China’s Angela Lee who is the undisputed champion of the 52 kilogram fist weight category.

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Loma’s parents are former Muay Thai fighters and her 2 sisters currently compete as well. She reportedly started training at 8 years old after being inspired by her father, whom she describes as her “hero.”

Like most Thais in such fighting sports, Muay Thai offers a way to rise out of poverty-and fighting for the UFC can be financially lucrative. But Loma says her only Thai sponsor is the gym where she trains, with the rest of her sponsors being from foreign brands. She says she is trying to get more Thai sponsors but feels that maybe she needs to win the UFC first before Thai brands notice her.

Loma lost her last fight and says her new opponent gives her nothing to lose. She says her goal is to get into the Top 10, but is not sure when it will happen. Loma says for now, it would be good to fight against someone in the Top 10 to help her prepare for her future.

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