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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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Southern Thailand braces for rough weather and rain

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The Thailand Meteorological Department issued a weather warning for southern Thailand with torrential rain forecast to hit the region throughout the weekend. The heavy monsoon over the Gulf of Thailand and south of the country is being blamed for the rough weather, with the TMD predicting flash flooding in many areas.

(Phuket, Hat Yai and Hua Hin’s forecast below)

“Waves are expected to reach 2 metres in height in the lower Gulf of Thailand and possibly higher at the height of the storm. Ships are advised to proceed with caution.”

For the north and northeast of Thailand, the TMD forecasts strong winds and cooler mornings as the arrival of the “winter” season, coupled with a moderate high-pressure system, causes temperatures to dip.

Hua Hin’s five day forecast

Southern Thailand braces for rough weather and rain | News by The Thaiger

Phuket’s five day forecast

Southern Thailand braces for rough weather and rain | News by The Thaiger

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Now you see him, now you don’t… Patong Police hunt foreigner over $30k theft

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Patong Police have yet to develop any tangible leads tracking down a foreigner who made off with US$30,000 in cash from a currency exchange booth in Kalim, north of Patong in Phuket, last Tuesday.

The man is about 168 centimetres tall with grey hair and around 60 years old, Patong police told The Phuket News.

“We have no clue what nationality he is.”

He was last seen at the currency exchange booth wearing a purple polo shirt, blue jeans and black cap. Police have checked hotels in the area, police stations across the island and Phuket Immigration, but have yet to join the dots and come up with firm leads.

“Investigators have checked CCTV in the area and collected what evidence we have but we still do not know the man’s name or where he was staying.”

The man had visited the booth several times before Tuesday, when he disappeared with the $30,000 in US banknotes, according to police.

“It was always small amounts”, he added, noting that the amounts didn’t warrant staff at the exchange booth to check the man’s passport before making the exchange.

The man arrived at the booth again at about 1pm on Tuesday, saying that he had 900,000 baht cash to exchange.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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Mystery surrounds security guard found dead in his Phuket room

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The security guard of a hotel in Nai Yang, northern Phuket, 52 year old Yingyot Butsabong, from Maha Sarakham province, was found dead yesterday (October 16) in his room. Police remain mystified how the man came to grief.

A woman named Supattra received a call from the hotel he worked at and was informed that he didn’t show up at work yesterday, so she went to his apartment to check on him.

She saw that his room was locked from the inside, so used the key she had in her possession to open the room and found Yingyot laying on the floor, face down. She thought he was just sleeping so she tried to wake him up but once she flipped him, she found that he already passed away.

She immediately called Saku police, and once on the scene, police found that there was some blood on the floor. The man had a 2 centimetre wound on his left eyebrow which was deep into his skull. There was also a wound on his chin about 1 centimetre long and about a centimetre deep. His left eye had a bruise which looked like he was attacked by a hard object.

Police report that he had been dead for around four hours in the room.

The room was not ransacked and there was no sign of fighting or theft. His body has been sent to Thalang Hospital for a detailed autopsy and to look into the cause of death.

SOURCE: Phuket Hot News

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