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PETCHABURI (The Nation): An English country squire was killed and his body burnt on a charcoal fire after he divorced his Thai wife because of her gambling debts.

After being burned, the body of Toby Charnaud, 41, was then dismembered and parts scattered in Kaeng Krachan national park, a court in Phetchaburi was told on Monday.

Charnaud had sold Latimer Farm near Chippenham in Wiltshire, after falling in love with a bargirl in Bangkok. He went to live in Hua Hin, where he bought two bars to run with his new wife, Pannada.

But after he took Pannada home to visit his parents in Britain, the marriage began to fall apart. Charnaud eventually divorced Pannada because of her gambling debts, giving her a 777,000-baht settlement. They shared custody of their five-year-old son.

In April last year Pannada, 35, reported Charnaud missing to police, but in court on Monday she admitted she had lied; on March 27 last year she had in fact helped five relatives and friends from her home province of Yasothon in the Northeast to dispose of his body.

Pannada denied premeditated murder and being an accomplice to murder but Boontin Puipong, Sattri Sripatum and Nipit Satabut admitted murder with provocation. They have said they were provoked because Charnaud had interrupted them while they were drinking whisky.

Pannada said, “I was at the market and returned home to find my ex-husband dead.”

All four were also charged with possessing a gun in a public place, deceiving police, and concealing the body.

Two other defendants, Somsak Papai and Wisan Samaksri, denied all charges. Their only involvement, they said, was that they moved Charnaud’s car after the murder.

In Britain, after Charnaud was reported missing, his sister Hannah Allen and his parents, Jeremy, 67, and Sarah, 65, became suspicious. They hired a Thailand-based Scottish private detective, who checked mobile-phone records and discovered that Toby had been at his ex-wife’s house on the day he supposedly disappeared.

When police raided the house, two of the defendants confessed and led police to where they had dumped the body parts.

Toby Charnaud had arrived to visit his five-year-old son Daniel, Phetchaburi Provincial Court was told. At first the relatives and friends of Pannada tried to kill him with a long-barrelled hunting musket but it misfired. They then clubbed him to death with an iron bar and wooden staves.

They burned his body on a charcoal fire, using 20 kilograms of charcoal they had bought earlier in the day. They then cut up the charred body and distributing the parts around Kaeng Krachan National Park on the Thai-Burma border.

The Charnaud family’s lawyer, Boonchu Yensabai, who is jointly prosecuting the defendants said: “The only motive can be that Pannada expected to inherit everything through their son. If she is acquitted of conspiracy to murder, we will appeal.”

In a letter to the court, Mrs Sarah Charnaud said: “For me, his mother, one of the worst horrors of his death is the fact that the first attempt to kill him failed and he would have been aware of his murderers making their fatal attack. His fear and concern for his son would have been overwhelming.

“Toby was a wonderful father to his son and it is so unfair that a small boy has been deprived of a great father and a father has been deprived of seeing his son grow up.

” It is difficult to come to terms with the fact that this woman was behind the murder of the father of her child.

“I trust the court will judge fairly and also understand that I cannot be there to hear the defence downgrade the value of human life and to hear more details of my son’s horrific death.”

Gentleman farmer Toby Charnaud predicted his own death in a short story competition organized by a magazine in Bangkok, his sister Hannah Allen believes.

The story, entitled Rainfall, is about a British man called Guy who falls in love with a Thai woman and whose life then falls apart.

She does not come home at nights. She builds up gambling debts. Eventually he is murdered by his best Thai friend, who – though Guy does not know this – is one of his wife’s lovers.

The story won first prize.

Said his mother, “The story is eerie. I am sure he had his suspicions.”

The case was adjourned until September 6.

 

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For travellers to Phuket, testing is out, quarantine is in

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The on-again-off-again plans for testing people for Covid-19 as they arrive in Phuket will be replaced by quarantine after May 15, according to Vice Governor Piyapong Choowong’s latest announcement. In an online video broadcast last night, the vice governor confirmed the new scheme after Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew first mentioned it in an executive meeting at Phuket Provincial Hall yesterday.

There are now 25 provinces on the Phuket red zone list that they instated on April 22, with anyone arriving from those places required to have proof that they are either fully vaccinated or tested negative for Covid-19 within the last 72 hours. Without proof, people have to take a rapid antigen test to confirm they did not have Covid-19 before they would be allowed on the island. The test was first set to be 300 baht for everyone, and later controversially made free for Thai people and 500 baht for foreigners.

There had been some back and forth with budget concerns of being able to provide the mass testing and who would pay how much for continued testing. Perhaps requiring people to quarantine in Phuket is cheaper than testing them when they arrive (cheaper for Phuket officials anyway).

The original scheme was set to expire May 15, and announcements were made about extending the plan and stopping testing right away. For now, this debate seems to have settled on replacing the testing with a mandatory quarantine upon entering Phuket.

The vice-governor explained that the rapid antigen test will continue through May 14, and then starting May 15, anyone who arrives without a vaccine or a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of arriving in Phuket will be required to quarantine for 14 days. They set a goal of zero new infections by the end of the next two weeks. And he stated they are committed to doing whatever it takes as “Phuket cannot continue with this risk”.

Speaking to The Phuket News… β€œWe want to send a sign to the country that we are cleaning up our province. The 3 vice governors [in Phuket] have been ordered to take care of each district by cooperating with local administration officers as well as community leaders to do proactive screening,”

After announcing the quarantine plan for Phuket, the vice governor spoke confidently that in the near future the island will have enough jabs to vaccinate every person on the island. Religious leaders from any faith are currently being vaccinated because of their general proximity to people during religious ceremonies and practices.

Vice Governor Piyapong pled with people with the people of Phuket who were on the fence about Covid-19 vaccinations, anti-vaxxers, or those otherwise resisting getting the jabs needed to reach herd immunity.

“If you are still deciding whether or not to get vaccinated, please come to get vaccinated”

SOURCE: The Phuket News

 

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Disease Control Department back-peddled saying that that foreigners living in Thailand WILL also be vaccinated, governor of Chiang Mai is calling for the ban on dining in at restaurants in the northern city to be lifted and for eateries to be allowed to serve food on-site until 9pm, Tourism and Sports Minister insists the southern island of Phuket must record zero Covid-19 cases if a planned July re-opening is to go ahead, and 150 million baht worth of methamphetamine pills were impounded in Nakhon Phanom yesterday

 

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You’ll also need a general knowledge of the Thai news cycle as the content will be largely centred around daily news and current affairs. Knowledge of social media, and especially YouTube, will be an advantage.

Prior work in the TV or video production industry would be a requirement; we couldn’t care less about your educational qualifications. The role would be Monday to Friday.

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