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“Jealous’ man admits stabbing Brit

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KRABI: The taxi driver who allegedly stabbed Briton Richard Mark Collins to death in a jealous rage on the evening of March 8 has confessed to killing Mr Collins, but claims he acted in self-defense.

The suspect, 29-year-old Uthane Douangnoi, is being held in the Krabi Provincial Court jail while he awaits a court appearance on a charge of murder.

According to a statement given to police by the suspect’s former common-law wife, 26-year-old Sunisa Sirirod, Uthane acted out of jealousy after he mistakenly thought the Briton was romantically involved with her.

Sunisa, who operates a tour agency and employed her ex-husband as a driver, told the Gazette that she had been friends with Collins, a native of Hereford, England, for about three years.

She described her relationship with Collins as “platonic”. She said that Collins had visited the province several times previously, but had never before met her ex-husband.

Sunisa said she had agreed to pick up Collins and his girlfriend, Panida Meedi, 24, from Krabi Airport at 11 am on the morning of March 8. The couple were on holiday from Bangkok, where Collins was employed on the Suvarnabhumi Airport project.

Together with her roommate Somjai Srikate, Sunisa picked the couple up from the airport and took them to their room at the Greenery Hotel in Krabi Town. The four made arrangements to meet later on at the hotel and then have dinner at a restaurant in Ao Nang at 7:30.

“I picked up them up at the hotel and I let Mr Collins drive while I sat next to him in the front seat, with Somjai and Panida in the back. My ex-husband Uthane may have seen us together because we passed his taxi in Krabi Town. This may have made him jealous,” she said.

“Coming back from dinner, we continued to drink in a bar downtown. Ten minutes later, Uthane called me and asked me why I was out partying with Collins … I told him we were just friends and that Collins was here with his girlfriend. But he said that he needed to talk to Collins and asked me to bring him to his house,” she said.

Although they were no longer husband and wife, Uthane lived just two doors away from Sunisa at 289/12 Uttrarakit Rd, one in a row of townhouses in Tambon Paknum, Muang District.

“I decided to return home with K. Somjai. When I got there, Uthane came over asking where Mr Collins was. He said that if I didn’t bring Mr Collins to talk to him, then he would go confront him in the bar where he had stayed on drinking with his girlfriend.

“So I called Mr Collins on the phone and told him my ex-husband wanted to speak to him,” she said, adding that Uthane was already drunk from having had two small bottles of Singha beer.

“So I asked my friend Somjai to pick up Mr Collins by motorcycle, take his girlfriend back to the hotel, and return to my home with Mr Collins so that he could speak to Uthane to clear up the misunderstanding,” she said.

Sensing trouble, she called the emergency 191 number after Somjai had left to pick up Mr Collins.

Somjai soon returned to Sunisa’s home with Mr Collins, leaving Panida in the bar. They then went to see Uthane.

“Uthane first told Mr Collins to wait. He then came back with a photo album showing our wedding pictures [to get the point across that Sunisa and he had been married]. He had a small knife tucked away in his trousers, in the small of his back. He threatened to kill all three of us if we couldn’t [solve] the matter by talking

“I tried to protect Mr Collins by standing in front of him, but soon after that they started exchanging heavy blows and both of them fell to the floor. Uthane got up and drew his knife, but Mr Collins was able to grab his wrist and prevent Uthane from stabbing him with it. Then Mr Collins ran out of the house, with Uthane chasing him.

“When I got outside, I saw Mr Collins had wrestled Uthane to the ground. But from below, Uthane had stabbed him twice, once in the stomach and once near the heart,” she said.

Before Uthane had a chance to flee, police arrived with members of the Poh Tek Tung Rescue Foundation. The police took Uthane into custody and Mr Collins was rushed to Krabi Hospital.

“It was only five minutes from my house to the hospital. I rode in the rescue vehicle with Mr Collins, desperately trying to keep him from losing consciousness. He later died at the hospital,” she said.

“I am still in shock and I haven’t had a chance to say anything to Mr Collins’s girlfriend. It was all a misunderstanding,”she said.

Pol Lt Col Charkra Saowakol of Krabi’s Muang District Police told the Gazette that Uthane would be charged with premeditated murder.

If found guilty he would be subject to a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. The sentence could be reduced if he confessed to the charges, Col Charkra said.

Physical evidence from the crime scene, including the bloody knife, has already been sent for analysis to the Police Forensic Science Office in Bangkok, he added.

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Mystery surrounds security guard found dead in his Phuket room

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The security guard of a hotel in Nai Yang, northern Phuket, 52 year old Yingyot Butsabong, from Maha Sarakham province, was found dead yesterday (October 16) in his room. Police remain mystified how the man came to grief.

A woman named Supattra received a call from the hotel he worked at and was informed that he didn’t show up at work yesterday, so she went to his apartment to check on him.

She saw that his room was locked from the inside, so used the key she had in her possession to open the room and found Yingyot laying on the floor, face down. She thought he was just sleeping so she tried to wake him up but once she flipped him, she found that he already passed away.

She immediately called Saku police, and once on the scene, police found that there was some blood on the floor. The man had a 2 centimetre wound on his left eyebrow which was deep into his skull. There was also a wound on his chin about 1 centimetre long and about a centimetre deep. His left eye had a bruise which looked like he was attacked by a hard object.

Police report that he had been dead for around four hours in the room.

The room was not ransacked and there was no sign of fighting or theft. His body has been sent to Thalang Hospital for a detailed autopsy and to look into the cause of death.

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‘Always Smile Journey’ raises fund to provide free English classes for underprivileged people

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On October 18, the ‘Always Smile Journey’ group and its partners will host an exhibition with plenty of fun activities at the Yak Yai Market, near Chalong Circle, in Phuket. This event was designed to raise funds to provide free English classes for underprivileged people on the island of Phuket on Saturdays and Sundays. The group does not accept donations but aims to raise money through the sales of the products available at the event.

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From 2 pm to 8 pm, there will be a number of artists, musicians and performers who will keep the attendees entertained along the way. There will be a short film about His Majesty King Rama 9 as well as fun activities and games for kids and families, which are all free of charge.

The big bike crew is also a part of this event. They will ride a parade from Rawai Beach heading to the market and showcase their gorgeous two-wheel buddies.

One of the highlights of the Always Smile Journey exhibition is the ‘Happening’ artists group, who will draw and paint a picture of the His Majesty King Rama 9 under the name ‘Street Art King Bhumibol’ on a 4×10 meter sign live at the event so the guests will experience this large-scale art in action. The Happening will also offer portrait sketching for the participants.

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One of the works created by the Happening team; a painting of HM the King Rama 9 on a huge wall (Photo credit: Chawat Chumpasan)

There will also be some western menus available at the event which will be donated to underprivileged children.

This free English class project has over seven years of experience through its cooperation working with individuals and other charity organizations. Throughout the years, the group visited several areas such as Ban Laem Hoy School, Ban Bopud School and Ban Angthong School in Samui, Surat Thani province, Ban Bueng Ao Oun School and Ban Kakoh Rayong, in Surin province, Jalae Village of Lahu (Muser) in Chiang Rai province, as well as community education centers in Siem Reap, Cambodia and in Luang Prabang, in Laos.

This event is a cooperation between several groups, including Happening, Yak Yai Market and Arrow Media, Tattoo artist group, Thonburi Art School Alumni, International School of Tourism, Suratthani Rajabhat University, big bike group from Phuket, artists/performers/musicians from many provinces as well as several businesses across Phuket.

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The world’s fastest growing tourist destinations

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PHOTO: Hello Phuket – destined for huge tourist growth in the next six years – fodors.com

In 2018, international tourist arrival traffic grew by 6% to reach a total of 1.4 billion world tourists, according to research by UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. And there’s a lot more to come with international travel predicted to increase by a massive 35% over the next six years to 2025.

But where is all that extra traffic going to go? Which destinations are quiet now that might be swarming with tourists in the years to come? Two destinations in Thailand are set for a prosperous future, according to the data. Whilst almost all the growth is excepted to be to Asian destinations, an under-visited resource for world tourism so far.

Euromonitor data has been used to simulate tourist growth models and reveal the fastest growing projected visitor arrivals in major cities and destinations around the world for 2025, compared to arrival figures in 2018.

In Thailand, Phuket’s tourist traffic is poised to increase up to 85% in the next six years, from nearly 12 million arrivals in 2018 to over 22 million in 2025. Bangkok is predicted to see the 8th most prolific rise in tourist traffic, with arrivals in Bangkok set to swell an additional 68% during the same period. Doha, the capital of Qatar, is set to explode with 104% increase in traffic over the next six years.

The data also predicts that both Bangkok and Phuket will rebound big time in 2020, Phuket in particular with a growth of around 20% for the next year, accord to the data from TravelSupermarket.com.

By 2025 the data predicts that Bangkok will be the world’s #1 tourist destination, a position it’s held before in recent years. The Thai capital will be followed by Singapore, Dubai, Phuket and Kuala Lumpur, making South East Asia the world’s emerging tourism hotspot.

Some of the world’s favourites – New York, Paris, London – will continue to grow their tourist numbers but not at the rate of most Asian destinations.

You can read the full list HERE.

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Stats compiled by travelsupermarket.com

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Stats compiled by travelsupermarket.com

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