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Hotel staff beaten up, hospitalized by undercover police

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PATONG BEACH: Kathu Police Station is in the hot seat due to complaints of “unnecessary roughness” while five men were being arrested yesterday morning. The five are Piyapong Kwanmuang, 20, Sahakij Payakka, 19, Sarawuth Sang-ngern, 20, Wanchai Klingklao, 20, and Winai Sumpaothong, 19 — all employees of the Tara Patong Hotel. Areerat Choomchuay, deputy personnel manager of the hotel, told the Gazette this morning that Sarawuth told her that he and his friends were at the Galaxy Discotheque in Soi Sunset, Patong, early Monday morning. Winai went home at around 5:00 am. Soon after, Piyapong had an argument with a man, returned to the staff dormitory, and then went back to the Galaxy with a pistol. He drew the gun on the man he had argued with – an undercover policeman –and was immediately surrounded by four or five of the policeman’s colleagues, also undercover officers from Kathu Police Station. A shot was fired as the men tried to take the pistol away from Piyapong, but no one was injured. According to the hotel’s management, Piyapong and his friends were then taken outside the disco, one by one, and beaten up by the undercover officers. The four were later taken to Kathu Police Station and charged with attempted murder of a police officer. The police then went to the hotel staff dormitory to search for more weapons. There, they found Winai sleeping. Winai was unable to tell the police anything about weapons. The officers then began to assault him in front of others living in the dormitory. He was later taken to Kathu Police Station. The five men were bailed out at around 11 am by Sutham Sae-Jia, personnel manager at the Tara Patong Hotel. They were later taken to Patong Hospital. Piyapong and Sahakij were badly injured and are now recovering at Wachira Phuket Hospital. Winai is in serious condition with a broken back at Patong Hospital. Sarawut and Wanchai have been released from Patong Hospital. The five men and their relatives have filed a complaint against the undercover officers at Kathu Police Station. Earlier today, they also lodged a complaint with Phuket Governor Charnchai Soontharamut. Pol Col Korkiat Wongworachart, superintendent of Kathu Police Station, could not be reached for comment.



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Phuket Town Beauty spa shooter kills himself in Saphan Hin

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UPDATE: The suspect in this morning’s shootings, 53 year old Chana Rodket from Songkhla, has shot and killed himself in Saphan His this afternoon. He was a housekeeper a the beauty spa where the shooting took place.

Earlier, a South Korean man and Thai woman were injured in a shooting at a beauty spa near Naka Market in Phuket Town.

The two sustained serious injuries from bullet wounds. Wichit Police reports that they was notified of the incident at ‘The Beauty Spa’ at 10.30am.

Police and emergency responders arrived at the scene to find two injuried from gun shots. Blood-stained towels were found around the scene of the shooting.

The two people shot were 74 year old South Korean man, Kwang Hee Kim (father of Ms Eun Mi Kim, the owner of the Beauty Spa) and a 56 year old Thai woman named as Somsri Chuatonghua, a staff member at the spa.

Both taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital.

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Two shot in Phuket Town beauty spa this morning

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A South Korean man and Thai woman have been injured in spa shooting in Phuket Town.

The two sustained serious injuries from bullet wounds after having been shot at the spa in Wichit today.

Wichit Police reports that they was notified of an incident at ‘The Beauty Spa’ in Wichit at 10.30am this morning.

Police and emergency responders arrived at the scene to find two injuried from gun shots – a 74 year old South Korean man, Kwang Hee Kim, and father of Ms Eun Mi Kim, the owner of the Beauty Spa.

The other person injured was a 56 year old Thai woman named as Somsri Chuatonghua who is staff at the spa.

They were both taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital. The suspect, Somphon, a house-keeper at the spa, is currently being sought by police.

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TAT expects 2.3 million tourists for this year’s Songkran

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The Tourism Authority of Thailand is expecting more than 2.3 million local and foreign tourists will join the various Songkran celebrations this year. They say that should generate 20 billion baht+ in revenue for tourism and tourism-related services.

TAT’s Governor Yuthasak Supasorn says 300,000 international arrivals are expected to celebrate the five day festival starting April 12, along with two million locals who will travel to celebrate Songkran this year. Songkran falling on a weekend this year will also bolster local tourism numbers.

The number of Songkran-specific visitors is up this year, partly because of the growing popularity of the festival internationally and the government extending the holiday to five days this year, now starting on April 12 (although ‘Songkran, the Thai New Year, is actually on April 13).

Songkran festival extended HERE.

He admits that the bad publicity about the poor air quality in the northern regions is a problem, especially around Chiang Mai which has become a big international visitor favorite over recent yers.

Chiang Mai is one of nine provinces in the North struggling with smoke haze, mostly because of open-air burning of farm waste and rubbish, and localised bush fires. The heavy smog has caused temporary suspension of flights between Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son although flights into Chiang Mai have been unaffected so far.

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