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Governor detained by angry mob

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PHUKET: The Governor of Phuket and a number of officials, including senior police and navy officers, were detained for nearly six hours today by an angry mob demanding justice over the killing of a 16-year-old boy last night. The mob also blocked a main road, trapping a number of tourists inside the Cape Panwa and Panwaburi resorts. Commodore Preecharn Jamjaroen, deputy director of civilian affairs at the navy base, said the situation arose after a dispute on Monday between five sailors from the Royal Thai Navy Third Fleet base and a group of local teenagers. The sailors were driving in a truck when one of the teenagers, Madat Hasap, 16, cut in front of them on his motorcycle. During the ensuing quarrel, Madat allegedly threatened to kill any sailor seen outside the base. The boy was shot with an M16 automatic rifle last night, receiving a fatal head wound. Governor Pongpayome Vasaputi was drawn into the conflict after a mob of 200 villagers, carrying the body of the boy and demanding that his killer be handed over to them, threatened to invade the naval base. Navy personnel armed with automatic rifles blocked the gates, warning that they would open fire on anyone trying to enter the base. Ignoring the warnings, the villagers marched into the compound and laid the boy’s body at the door of the main building. When Gov Pongpayome arrived at 10 am, the villagers demanded that the alleged killer be handed over to them. They threatened that if the killer was not delivered to them, they would burn down the base. The standoff was finally resolved after the five sailors involved in the initial conflict were arrested and the Governor agreed to go with representatives of the mob to observe the questioning of the five at the central Phuket Town police station. Commodore Preecharn said that one of the five, whom he named as Petty Officer First Class Wanchai Pongsawad, a financial clerk at the base, had confessed to shooting the boy. This is the third time in recent months that mobs have gathered in Phuket to demand justice. On September 14, a crowd of 50 people from the same area of Phuket besieged Phuket Town police station demanding action against officers who, they alleged, had beaten a local man, the driver of an illegal taxi, after stopping him for drunk-driving. The following day, nearly 100 villagers joined a heated protest at the Chalong Police Station to demand justice for a villager stabbed to death a week earlier in nearby Karon, in a karaoke bar owned by a police officer. In both cases the situation was resolved through mediation by high-ranking police officers.



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Motorbike driver smashes through glass window after accelerator malfunctions

Kritsada Mueanhawong

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A female motorbike driver has sustained injuries after her motorbike’s hand grip malfunctioned and she collided with a glass wall. Chalong Police were notified of the incident at an air conditioning shop at 6pm yesterday on Chao Fa West Road in Chalong.

Police and emergency responders arrived and found the shattered glass wall and a damaged motorbike. The injured 40 year old Naowarat Jankarn had already been taken to Chalong Hospital. She sustained injuries from cuts from the broken glass. Pools of blood were found on the floor.

Ms Naowarat told police that she had parked her motorbike in front of the shop since Wednesday . The motorbike was undrivable because the hand grip accelerator was malfunctioning.

Yesterday she started the motorbike, claiming she had forgotten about the broken accelerator.

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Police hunting for driver who threatened others with a gun on Phuket road – VIDEO

Kritsada Mueanhawong

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PHOTO: Tiw Tiw

The Thalang Police are hunting for the driver who was threatening other motorists on Thepkrasattri Road by waving a gun around out of the driver’s window of his red sedan in Thalang this morning.

A Facebook user ‘Tiw Tiw’ has posted the video with a message reading “where are the police, please follow him. The incident happened this morning in Thalang.”

The video shows a car switching from one lane to another.  The driver shows a gun in his car window and then appears to throw it out (at least he used his indicator).

The Thalang Police are investigating the incident and want to find the car driver for questioning.

 

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Phuket’s hotel and property players look north

Bill Barnett

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by Bill Barnett of c9hotelworks.com

One of Greater Phuket’s real estate and hotel market’s that has a decided buzz of late is the area north of Phuket over the Sarasin bridge in Phang Nga.

In Natai Beach, the entry of the Baba Beach Club and nearby Akyra has created renewed visibility for the broad West Coast stretch of white sand beach, extending north beyond Phuket.

Two upscale hotels are in the development phase in the vicinity, with one being flagged to an international hotel operator.

Up at the 1,000 plus rai Thai Muang mega-project, movement is once again underway, as is a nearby massive Japanese-led mixed-use project including a golf course.

Land values are currently running amuck in the Koh Kloi area where the AOT (Airports of Thailand) has reportedly acquired land for an upcoming Phang Nga airport which will provide Phuket with a second gateway alternative.

Premium land transactions are taking place, with the most notable being the recent trade of the former oceanfront site in Bodan that was to be at various stages first a Raffles and later a Ritz-Carlton Reserve.

Looking at Phuket’s light-rail initiative, one knock-on effect will be the eventual linkage between the island and larger connection to a broader rail terminus in Koh Kloi. This will likely spur real estate speculators to acquire peripheral locations.

As Phang Nga’s West Coast four land highway expansion moves forward to Khao Lak and beyond, Phuket’s Northern neighbor is seeing a renewed push in its tourism, property and infrastructure.

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