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Irishman fights off crazed attacker

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RAWAI, PHUKET: An Irish guesthouse operator is lucky to be alive after fending off a brutal nighttime assault by a crazed, gun-wielding intruder on Tuesday, March 3.

Roger Corrigan, 48-year-old proprietor of the Majestic Villas resort on Saiyuan Rd, was awoken at about 4:30 am by a man who jumped on him as he slept in his bed and began beating him in the the head with a pistol.

Despite being disoriented and badly hurt, Mr Corrigan managed to kick off the intruder.

The man then aimed the gun at him and pulled the trigger but – possibly due to damage sustained to it during the initial assault – it failed to go off, Corrigan says.

Mr Corrigan was then able to recover sufficiently to fight off his attacker with a nearby iron.

“He was hitting me with the barrel of the gun and I think that’s what misaligned the gun and maybe saved my life. He was pointing the gun at me and pulling the trigger but nothing happened, so I picked up the iron and hit him with it, and chased him out of here,” he told the Gazette at the scene of the crime.

“I must have got him once at least, because the iron was covered in blood and I don’t think it was mine,” he added.

Mr Corrigan, who has lived in Thailand for five years, sustained a fractured skull during the attack, requiring 46 stitches to close facial lacerations sustained in the pistol-whipping.

The Irishman suspects the intruder may have been high on drugs.

“I made eye contact with him when he was on top of me and he was wired. He looked like a ‘ya bah-head’ [methamphetamine addict], probably trying to steal something to take to the pawn shop,” he said.

The intruder gained access through sliding doors at the rear of the property, which were shut but not locked.

Chalong Police, who arrived at the scene after the attacker fled, reportedly said that it was the eleventh break-in they had been responded to that night.

“This attack hasn’t changed my opinion of Thailand. This sort of thing could happen anywhere. I’m going to hire a security guard now. I was pretty relaxed about security before this but that has all changed now,” said Mr Corrigan.

The attack came about one week after British national Ian Kenneth Stuart was bludgeoned to death in his bed in a shophouse at the Tesco-Lotus junction in Kathu on February 23.

Tung Tong Police, who now believe that that murder was the result of a bungled burglary attempt, have not reported any progress in the investigation.

— James Goyder



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Slow loris released back into Phuket forest

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PHOTOS: Department of National Parks

Officers from of the Khao Phra Thaeo Non-Hunting Area have helped in the release of a slow loris back into the wild yesterday.

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation reports that the head of Khao Phra Thaeo Non-Hunting Area, Pongchart Chueahom, yesterday released the slow loris to the Khao Phra Thaeo Non-Hunting Are in Thalang.

The slow loris was found near a furniture factory in Thalang last week. It was being treated at a pet hospital before being handed over to Khun Pongchart when it was ready to be set free.

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Seastead structure dragged back to shore by Royal Thai Navy

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A floating seastead has today been towed by a naval vessel back to the Port of Phuket in Cape Panwa. Meanwhile the Deputy PM Wissanu Krea-ngam is challenging the owners and builders of the structure to take the Thai Government and Navy to the International Court of Justice.

The Royal Thai Navy’s Third Fleet ventured out with a group of reporters on Saturday to inspect the floating seastead, the first of about 20 planned Ocean Builders for the open waters about 22km from Phuket’s Koh Racha Yai.

Nothing valuable was found on board the octagon-shaped steel and aluminium structure which was attached to a floating platform.

Two vessels were used in today’s operation. The living quarters were detached and placed on the first vessel and the second towed the floating platform to the shore for safe keeping pending legal action against its owner as well as the builder, Ocean Builders Company.

Dr. Wissanu said yesterday that Thai authorities were authorised to remove or dismantle the floating housing unit with or without the consent of its owner after finding the structure could pose a threat to Thai national security and sovereignty in accordance with Article 119 of the Criminal Code.

He said that the structure also posed an obstacle to vessels and was located not far from an oil rig.

Regarding the threat by Ocean Builders Company to sue the Thai government in the International Court of Justice for the removal, the deputy PM says he welcomes the move, noting that no government anywhere would allow a seastead settlement near their maritime territory.

Seasteader Chad Andrew Edwartowski and his Thai wife, Mrs. Nadia Summergirl, are wanted by the Thai police for questioning after Thai immigration revoked the American’s non-immigrant visa and blacklisted him.

SOURCE: Thai PBS

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Phuket taxi slams into tree in Phattalung

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PHOTOS: Phattalung Rescue

Two people have sustained serious injuries after a Phuket taxi slammed into a tree in Phattalung last night.

Phattalung rescue workers were notified of the accident in Mueang Pattalung District at 7.57pm last night (Sunday).

They arrived at the scene to find the Phuket registered taxi resting in front of the big tree on the side of the road near a temple. The front of the vehicle had extensive damage following the collision.

The two people who sustained serious injuries were 58 year old Wanchai Srithong and 64 year old Jamras Srithong. They were both taken to the Phattalung Hospital.

Pattalung City Police are continuing their investigation. There has been no explanation given at this stage as to why a Phuket taxi was in Phattalung.

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