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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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Phuket tops travel destination list of cheapest hotel prices – Dertour 2020 Price Index

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Phuket tops a list of the cheapest travel destinations with a 1 night stay at a hotel costing on average less than $30 USD, according to a study by the German travel company Dertour. Phuket is going through what some say is a “crisis”, certainly a current tourist vacuum. The island province largely relies on income from foreign tourists, but with travel bans over the last 7 months, hotels and other businesses in the tourism industry have been at a loss.

For domestic tourists, Phuket currently offers a serene, peaceful tropical stay where you’ll have a lot of the island to yourself. There are plenty of daily flights to the island, but all from domestic locations at this stage – the international terminal remains closed.

Along with being listed as hotels with the lowest price, Phuket also made the top 5 cities with the largest price drop from 2019 to 2020, according to Dertour’s 2020 Accommodation Price Index. The company studied hotel prices for 75 popular tourist destinations around the world. Bangkok was just above Phuket at the fourth city with the largest hotel price drop. Bangkok hotel prices dropped by 34.6% while Phuket’s hotel prices dropped by 33.8%.

Prices will continue to be low, CEO DER Touristik Central Europe Ingo Burmester says…

“Travel itself will be cheap in 2021… Although it has been a challenging period, we have seen a great deal of interest in domestic travel. We also predict a major catch-up effect for Mediterranean destinations, European trips and long-haul routes in 2021 as soon as travel restrictions are lifted.”

Phuket ranks as the destination with the cheapest accommodation prices at an average price of $29 USD, according to the list. Average prices for 3-star hotels are $26 USD and an average of $54 USD for 5-star hotels.

Bangkok followed, ranking fifth on the list of cities with the lowest hotel price at an average of $43 USD per night. 3-star hotels in Bangkok average at $30 per night and 5-star hotels average at $93 USD.

Top 5 destinations with the lowest price in accommodation

  1. Phuket: Average of $29 USD per night
  2. Delhi: Average of $34 USD per night
  3. Kuala Lumpur: Average of $36 USD per night
  4. Bali: Average of $36 USD per night
  5. Bangkok: Average of $43 USD per night

Top 5 destinations with the largest price drop in accommodation

  1. Amsterdam: Dropped by 51.6%
  2. San Francisco: Dropped by 39.2%
  3. Vancouver: Dropped by 37.1%
  4. Bangkok: Dropped by 34.6%
  5. Phuket: Dropped by 33.8%

To read Dertour’s full report, click HERE.

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Man arrested after allegedly slicing a man’s face with sickle

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A man was arrested on charges of grievous bodily harm after he allegedly sliced his friend’s face with a sickle, causing a gash about 25 centimetres long.

3 men, identified as Saeng, Ta and Rop, had been drinking at a shanty in Phuket’s Rassada district where Rop lived. An argument broke out over money. A bank transfer was apparently made, but no one received any money, according to Rop as he related the story to police.

The men didn’t come to an agreement and ended up going to bed. Ta stayed awake and slapped Saeng twice while he was falling asleep, Rop says. Saeng then got up, grabbed the sickle and swung the hooked blade across Ta’s cheek, Rop says.

Reports don’t go into detail about Ta’s condition, but photos of the scene by the Phuket News show a significant amount of blood on the concrete floor.

SOURCE: Phuket News

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PM to visit Phuket on Monday as island’s economy lies in tatters

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PM Prayut Chan-o-cha is to arrive in Phuket on Monday, where he will meet with local business leaders and discuss proposals for reviving the southern island’s devastated tourism sector. It’s understood a representative of Phuket’s Old Town area is to put forward an idea for promoting the historic centre as a tourist destination.

Since borders were closed in late March, in an effort to protect the country from the Covid-19 pandemic, Phuket’s tourist revenue has plummeted to practically zero, with countless businesses shuttered and thousands of jobs lost.

In addition to hearing suggestions from local operators on how to revive tourism on the island, the PM will also listen to requests for additional help from central government. The much-discussed Phuket Model never materialised, despite being seen at one point as the pilot project on which a wider re-opening of borders would be based.

While hotel occupancy in the province has increased from a pitiful 13.4% in June, September’s rates were still woefully low, at just 30%. This is despite a stimulus package introduced by the government in an effort to boost domestic tourism.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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