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Former mayor still sought on murder charge

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PHUKET: The former mayor of Patong, Dr Anan Ananthanawat, is still being sought by police three months after a warrant was issued for his arrest on charges of involvement in the murder of an ex-policeman. On October 21 last year, five men were arrested for their part in the killing of ex-Pol Sub-Lt Weerapol Panrod, who was shot dead in broad daylight in Phuket Town in December 1998. Under questioning, all five implicated Dr Anan in the murder. The warrant for his arrest was issued the following day. Pol Lt Col Paween Pongsirin, Deputy Superintendent of Investigation at Phuket Town Police Station, told the Gazatte that Dr Anan contacted Phuket police by phone early in November. Col Paween said Dr Anan was then at his residence in Chonburi province and told police that he would come back to Phuket to answer questions as soon as he had finished his business there. “We had several telephone conversations. In one, he asked if he could expect to be bailed out, and, if so, for how much. We told him no. Then we lost contact.” In coordination with Chonburi Provincial Police Headquarters, police from Phuket went to Dr Anan’s house with the arrest warrant but found the house empty. “There were some of his relatives in the same area, but they said they had not seen him for years,” said Col Paween. “Phuket police are still following up on the case. Several days ago, I contacted officers in Bangkok requesting their assistance as we’d heard he had been seen in that area,” said Col Paween. He would not be more specific on where Dr Anan had been spotted. “We really want to have him for investigation. He has been quiet since the beginning of the case. I believe he is trying to escape because this is a serious offense, and we’ve got a very strong case. This might scare him off.” A court hearing is scheduled for late March at which the five accused, currently in custody, will appear to answer charges. According to Col Paween, that hearing will go ahead with or without Dr Anan.



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UPDATE: Water truck driver presents himself to police after motorcycle death on Kata hill

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A water truck driver has presented himself to Karon Police after yesterday’s road accident on Kata Hill that killed a female motorcycle rider.

She died after skidding on oil spilled on the road, falling off the motorbike and being crushed by a water truck in Kata last night. Two others motorists following being also crashed and sustained injuries.

Read more about yesterday’s incident HERE.

This morning the water truck driver, Apichart Sripan, has himself to Karon Police for questioning over the incident.

Karon Police report that a drug and alcohol test has been conducted returning a zero result. But he has been charged with reckless driving causing injury and death.

In our earlier report, police say witnesses report the truck stopped 100 metres down the road. They say the driver got out of the truck to inspect the wheels. Witnesses tried to take photo of him but he got back into his truck and sped away.

UPDATE: Water truck driver presents himself to police after motorcycle death on Kata hill | News by The Thaiger

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68 Ridley’s sea turtles hatched on Phang Nga beach – VIDEO

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PHOTOS/VIDEO: The Wild Animal Rescue Foundation of Thailand

68 Ridley’s baby sea turtles have hatched on Tha Sai Beach in Thai Muang, Phang Nga and made their way to the sea last night.

Ridley’s sea turtles, a protected species in Thailand, have returned recently to Phang Nga beaches to breed over the past few months following a 23 year absence.

Read more about the return of the Ridley’s turtles HERE.

Last night 68 baby Ridley’s sea turtles, from 81 eggs survived, hatched and headed straight for the Andaman Sea. Two of them didn’t hatch and 11 eggs weren’t fertilised.

Bon voyage little turtles!

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Motorbike driver dies, another person injured after car driver slams into them

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A female motorbike driver has died while a male car driver has sustained injuries after a second car driver fell asleep at the wheel in Thalang crashing into them.

The incident happened on Srisoonthorn Road in Thalang at 2pm yesterday (Wednesday).

Police and emergency responders arrived to find a damaged motorbike and two damaged cars.

Police report that the car driver, Dechawat Taechanitisawat, fell asleep at the wheel. He lost control of his vehicle before colliding with the motorbike whose driver was 34 year old Ms Tanakorn Chadaphon and another car driven by 39 year old Pradit Ruecha.

They were both rushed to Thalang Hospital where Ms Tanakorn was later pronounced dead.

Police are continuing their investigation and will charge Dechawat Taechanitisawat.

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