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Girls saved in Phuket, safely back in France

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PHUKET: The two French girls who spent eight months on the streets of Phuket are now back in France, where they are undergoing evaluation by social workers.

The girls, 12-year-old Manel and her sister Chaima, 11, have been reunited with their paternal grandmother and are now in the care of French social services.

Meanwhile, the Gazette has been informed of the important role played by two Belgian men in securing the girls’ return to France.

One of the Belgians, who asked that his name be withheld, was at the Patong Police Station on November 18 for a drunk-driving offense when he met the father of the girls in a holding cell.

The father gave the Belgian his mother’s number and asked him to call her and inform her of the girls’ situation.

Back in Belgium, the man called the grandmother, and one of his own relatives living in the Nai Harn area, to ask for assistance.

Chaima was living in a Patong guesthouse, while the more independent Manel divided her time between Kamala in the day and Soi Bangla by night.

The grandmother wired the Belgian 20,000 baht to pay for unpaid hotel bills in order to get back the passports of the two girls, which were being withheld in lieu of payment.

He turned this money over to French Consul Pierre Blondel, who worked with Tourist Police to get the passports back. Chaima, her passport recovered, flew out in early December with the consent of her father, who signed a consent form from a Bangkok Prison.

Manel was finally spotted on Soi Crocodile by Tourist Police Volunteers on the night of December 8 and flown home a few days later. Both flights were courtesy of the French government.

The grandmother told the Belgians that she was furious with her son for squandering an inheritance of almost a million baht during his eight-month stay in Phuket and for neglecting his daughters.

The grandmother said she had no intention of sending him any more money. At last report he was still in a Bangkok prison cell, unable to come up with the funds to pay the court-ordered fine for his drug conviction.

“The mother won’t pay his return fare to Europe or anything else, so he could be in Thailand for a long time,” the Belgian said.

— Stephen Fein



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Motorbike driver files official complaint after accident from fallen cables in Kata

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A motorbike driver has filed a report with police against a cable company after he became tangled up in their cabling while driving to work in Kata.

26 year old Chakaree Yawaekaree filled the report with Chalong Police against the local cable company.

Mr Chakaree told Police that he was driving to work in Kata on Friday morning. When he arrived at the scene he ran into the cabling that had dropped down, just above the road level. The cables hooked his motorbike and caused him to crash and fall off. He was taken to hospital where he was treated for scrapes, grazes and a badly injured right knee.

Chalong Police say they are continuing their investigation. They say the cables belong to a private company and that this kind of incident happens “very often”.

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Motorbike driver dies after colliding with sedan on Thepkasattri Road, Phuket

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A motorbike driver has died after colliding with a sedan driven by a Russian driver who was allegedly making a “risky” U-turn on Thepkrasattri Road in Koh Kaew yesterday.

The incident happened at 3.30pm yesterday.

Police and other emergency responders arrived to find a white sedan, a motorbike and a pickup truck.

The motorbike driver had sustained serious injuries – 19 year old Weerapat Chamnina – and had already been rushed tp Mission Phuket Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Police report that a white sedan, whose driver was a 37 year old Russian man, Maxim Shadrin, was heading along the southbound lane of Thepkasattri Road.

Police speculate that he was trying to make a U-turn but was allegedly out of the lane of traffic making the turn.

The motorbike collided with the rear of the man’s sedan.  The motorbike driver bounced off to the other side of the road (northbound lane).  Then a pickup truck hit the motorbike driver.

Police are continuing their investigation and examining all the CCTV footage.

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54 year old Swede dodges traffic in Thepkasattri Road, Phuket

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PHUKET: Achadtaya Chuenniran

A 54 year old Swedish tourist is now in custody after running around Thepkasattri road yesterday morning dodging cars and causing traffic mayhem. Luckily no cars came in contact with the man police described as ‘mentally ill’.

A video clip from the incident shows the man running in and out of the traffic on Thepkasattri Road in Thalang. The incident happened around 2.30am.

The road had to be closed for 20-30 minutes as police apprehended the man, unhurt. The motive for his dangerous antics have not become apparent at this stage.

The man, who remains named was taken to Thalang Hospital for checking then was transferred to Vachira Hospital in Phuket Town. Police revealed that his visa expired on the same day so they’ve contacted the local Swedish consular officials to check on the man’s family and travel situation.

The Swede is currently being evaluated and treated in the hospital’s psychiatric wing.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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