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Incarcerated German youth’s mother died on Phuket

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PHUKET CITY: The mother of the German youth incarcerated in the Phuket Juvenile Observation and Protection Center on charges of sexually abusing minors died last month, the Gazette has learned.

The woman, who will not be named in order to protect the youth’s identity, died in Vachira Phuket Hospital on April 23. She was 56 years old.

The youth was allowed out of the detention center under police escort to attend her funeral.

German Ambassador to Thailand Dr Hanns Schumacher, who has been taking an interest in the youth’s case, said, “The death of his mother has certainly put him down. But he is well treated in prison.

“To be honest, I was impressed by how reasonable and calm this young man is under these circumstances, taking into account that he has spent the best years of his childhood under these miserable circumstances. We want to help him.”

The youth is being held on suspicion of conspiring to sexually abuse young boys in Patong, together with Dax Young, a 41-year-old British citizen.

For our previous report on the youth’s continuing incarceration, click here.

Though the Gazette has been unable to confirm the exact cause of death, it is known that the woman was seriously ill with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) for several years prior to her passing.

Interviewed in March with her daughter, she appeared to be suffering from anorexia and looked deeply unwell.

Since the mother moved to Phuket with her two children in late 2003 she suffered several severe bouts of the disease, resulting in hospitalizations in Phuket International Hospital (PIH), Bangkok Hospital and Vachira Hospital.

During a stay in PIH at the end of 2007, she discovered she was no longer covered by her health insurance.

When she was unable to pay her hospital bills, German Honorary Consul for Phuket Dirk Naumann became involved.

He urged her to return with her children to Germany, where social welfare would see that she was cared for.

But she refused to do so.

“She officially said she was afraid to go back because of the father of her children. I told her she shouldn’t be afraid because he’s sitting in prison for [an unrelated] attempted murder,” said Mr Naumann.

The woman told the Gazette she fled to Phuket four years ago to escape this man, who had become abusive and threatening when their relationship broke down.

When asked why she was determined not to return to Germany – despite the man’s imprisonment – she gave a number of reasons, including the effect of the climate on her condition and “the German mentality”.

The family remained in Phuket, supported at least partially by donations from friends and neighbors.

The German diplomatic mission suggests that the youth – and his sister – supported their mother financially, and that in the boy’s case some of the money came from Dax Young.

The woman denied that she received money from her son, and that she knew the true nature of her son’s relationship with Mr Young.

Her son remains in Phuket Juvenile Observation and Protection Center awaiting trial.

— Dan Waites



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Some restrictions lifted for superyachts in the region

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Thailand is poised to ease rules on bareboat charters as well as introducing new measures to attract more luxury and super yachts into the region.

The new measures were laid out in a presentation called “Highlighting Strategies for Attracting Yachts and Improving Safety at Sea” held at the 2019 Thailand Yacht Show and Rendezvous in Phuket.

Gordon Fernandes, Asia Pacific Superyachts co-founder, outlined new measures to attract Superyachts in the meeting attended by officials from Thailand’s Customs Department.

Representing Thailand’s Customs Department, Kanchana Suwanicho, updated delegates on the rules applying for a temporary stay for yachts as well as outlining revisions for bareboat charter rules.

ttrweekly.com reports that, under the revisions, bareboat charters will not need to hire a Thai registered captain and engineer to be present on board vessels for the sailing duration.

“Out-dated rules are being reviewed, but due to recent boating tragedies involving foreign tourists authorities are concerned about potential safety lapses.”

Stating that Thailand wants to continue being the ‘Yachting Hub for Asia’ Kanchana said bareboat charters would not be required to hire a Thai captain and engineer, but the charterer would be required to show they had qualified personnel to assume full responsibility.

The Revenue department confirmed it was actively working to resolve a stumbling block linked to Superyacht charter licences.

“Once this stumbling block has been removed foreign flagged yachts, over 30 metres long, will be allowed to legally charter in Thailand. This will be a major boom for the industry both in Phuket and across the region.”

The easing of restrictions for superyachts coming to the region has been a major issue of the founder of the Thailand Yacht Show and Singapore Yacht Show, Andy Treadwell.

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Attendees of the “Highlighting Strategies for Attracting Yachts and Improving Safety at Sea”

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Suspect hands himself in to police, denies charges in Saphan Hin shooting

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A suspect has handed himself in to police after an arrest warrant was issued over a Saphan Hin shooting last week. The suspect is denying the charges.

A Thai man was shot dead near Saphan Hin in eastern Phuket last week. An arrest warrant was issued for the suspect shortly after as police went hunting for the suspect identified by witnesses.

Read more about the shooting HERE.

Wichit Police Chief Col Nikorn Somsuk says, “The suspect is 23 year old Jakkrit Sangsaard. Yesterday he presented himself to police for the shooting and carrying gun in public changes. He has denied the charges and been bailed.”

“At this stage we believe that the suspect and the dead man, Teerasak, had a previous conflict.. Teerasak stopped his motorbike and tried to fire a shot at the suspect but the gun misfired. The suspect then shot back. We are continuing our investigation.”

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Legal action taken against people who removed beer cans from beer truck accident scene

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PHOTOS / VIDEO:  Thanakrit Asulyakul / Mana Sombat / Kanlaya Singkangrang / Kritsada Mueanhawong

Legal action has already been taken against four people who ‘removed’ beer cans after a truck carrying boxes of beer cans overturned in Phuket on January 11.

A logistic company representative has filed a report with police after more than 80,000 beer cans, valued at more than two million baht, mysteriously “vanished” after the truck overturned in Rassada.

Read more about the incident outside a Rassada 7/11 HERE.

The Phuket City Police Chief Col Sompong Thiparpakun says, “Four people have now been arrested. They have admitted that they saw other people taking beer cans, so they did too. They say they have consumed the contents of all beer cans. ”

“If evidence can be provided that other people took these beer cans and sold them, legal action will be taken against them too.”

“It was illegal to remove these items from the crash scene.”

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