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Ex-convict charged with seven counts of rape in Phuket

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PHUKET: Patong Police yesterday arrested a Pattani man for rape, impersonating an officer of the law, robbery and house encroachment.

“Russanee Bahe, 32, has confessed to seven counts of rape,” Lt Col Somsak Thongkliang of Patong Police told the Phuket Gazette.

Col Somsak led a team of officers to arrest him at the ‘Best Store’ hotel in the China Town area at about 8pm. They found drug paraphernalia in his room.

“On Wednesday, a 33-year-old masseuse, who requested that her name be withheld, filed a complaint against Mr Russanee. She said that while she was walking past Patong Hospital, a man came to her and solicited her services for 4,000 baht. She said she did not doubt his intentions as she believed him to be a police officer,” said Col Somsak.

“She went with him on his motorbike and said he took her to a forest on Phra Paramee Road, forced himself on her and robbed her of 2,000 baht,” he added.

Another masseuse had filed a similar complaint last Saturday.

“The second victim, who also asked that her name be withheld, said that while she was sleeping in her room in Patong, a man barged in, claimed to be a police officer and forced himself on her. However, as her daughter was also in the same room, he didn’t go through with it and instead stole 1,500 baht and ran away,” said Col Somsak.

“We checked CCTV footage in the areas where the incidents occurred. After learning the suspect’s identity and confirming his involvement in both cases, we checked his previous records and learned that he had a prior conviction of rape and had just been released from prison last year,” he added.

Both victims confirmed the suspect’s identity after police showed them a photograph. Officers then issued an arrest warrant for him.

“Mr Russanee said the reason he chose masseuses as victims was that he did not believe they would dare to file an official complaint. He also confessed to using the money to buy drugs,” said Col Somsak.

“We want to warn the public to be careful of any person claiming to be a police officer. Please ask to see the officer’s ID every time. If you suspect anything amiss, call 191 immediately,” he added.

— Kritsada Mueanhawong



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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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