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German youth arrested for sexual abuse of young boys

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 PATONG, PHUKET: A 17-year-old German national has confessed to charges of sexually molesting young boys following an investigation by the Department of Special Investigations (DSI) and Kathu Police.

The youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was arrested at 11.30 pm in Rawai on Monday.

The German is accused of conspiring to sexually abuse two young boys together with 41-year-old British national Dax J Young, who was arrested at his house on Soi Laksila, off Phra Barami Rd in Patong, at 6 pm on March 6.

For the previous reports click here and here.

Police have identified two victims aged nine and 13 are still investigating to determine whether more boys were abused.

The two accused were presented at a press conference at Kathu Police Station at 4.30 pm yesterday led by Phuket Provincial Police Commander Apirak Hongtong and DSI officer Pol Maj Jatuporn Arunleaktawin.

Maj Gen Apirak said the German youth was renting a house with his mother in Rawai and has lived in Thailand for one year.

Mr Young had befriended the German, who spent a lot of time at the older man’s house near Wat Suwansiriwong School, Maj Gen Apirak said.

Mr Young set up soccer nets in front of the house and often invited boys from the school to play football with them.

They enticed the children into the house with the promise of sweets and video games, then sexually abused them, police said.

Some boys went once and did not return to the house, while others returned several times. The accused paid some of the boys sums of 200-300 baht after their visits, police allege.

The alarm was raised when teachers at the school noticed that some of the boys in their care were spending time at the house.

In February, the teachers told The Mirror Foundation of their suspicions.

The foundation, a non-profit development organization known for its work with children, informed the DSI.

The DSI coordinated with social workers during its investigation and arranged for psychologists to interview boys who had come into contact with the accused.

At least two said they were abused.

A search of Mr Young’s and the German youth’s home yielded as evidence a laptop computer, two digital cameras, a video camera, 128 CDs, three video tapes, two DVDs, a male dildo, name cards, a hard drive, a flash drive, as well as nine Japanese-style nude cartoon books.

The photographs featured underage boys naked and engaged in sexual acts.

On Monday, Kathu Police Superintendent Grissak Songmoonnark showed the media a dossier of evidence containing graphic images of a Caucasian man alleged to be Mr Young performing anal sex on a boy whose age was estimated at no older than 12.

Mr Young, who was born in Kenya but carries a UK passport, has denied the charges.

The German youth has confessed to the charges, however.



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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.

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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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