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MMA fighter Junie Browning surrenders to Phuket Police

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PHUKET: Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter Junie Browning turned himself over the Chalong Police yesterday afternoon.

Mr Browning walked into Chalong Police Station at about 2pm with his lawyer and filed a counter-complaint against Australian Simon Menzies.

Mr Menzies had already filed a complaint against Mr Browning after the pair became involved in a brawl in a bar in Karon.

The two men continued to fight at Patong Hospital, where they were receiving treatment for injuries sustained in the bar brawl, before Mr Browning absconded.

Mr Browning’s arrival came at the public request of the police, as he was wanted for questioning over the incident.

Capt Chianchai Duangsuwan confirmed to the Phuket Gazette that at no time had an arrest warrant been issued for Mr Browning as “it was not a serious case”.

Hoping to resolve the dispute without involving further legal action, police called Mr Menzies and his wife to come to the police station to talk with Mr Browning.

In order to avoid any further confrontation between the two, Chalong Police recommended that Mr Browning leave the police station while his lawyer negotiated with Mr Menzies.

Mr Browning’s lawyer offered to settle through payment of 15,000 baht.

The offer was rejected, as Mr Menzies claimed the damages to his bar cost at least 200,000 baht.

After 30 minutes of fruitless talks, police risked calling Mr Browning to return to the police station to speak directly with Mr Menzies.

The bar owner refused to budge, sticking to his original police complaint of Mr Browning attacking him and damaging his bar.

He also showed police wounds with stitches on his right arm that he said he sustained in the fight after Mr Browning allegedly struck him with a broken beer bottle.

However, Mr Browning maintained that he did not start the fight, and that he only fought back in self-defense.

Mr Browning also stuck to his police complaint against Mr Menzies for attempted murder, stealing his diamond earring and some money, and for trying to extort 300,000 baht from him over the phone in order to settle the dispute.

After the pair failed to reach agreement, Mr Browning flew to Bangkok last night in order to receive treatment at a hospital in Bangkok.

Mr Browning has several stitches to injuries in his head he said were sustained after he was struck twice from behind during the fight – once with a beer bottle and the second time with a glass mug.

He said that he originally planned to fly back to the United States on December 25, but now he was not so sure he would be able to.

Police will now continue their investigation into the two brawls, and Mr Browning and Mr Menzies will meet again in a rematch – but this time in court at a date yet to be set, the Gazette was told.

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Southern Thailand braces for rough weather and rain

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Southern Thailand braces for rough weather and rain | The Thaiger

The Thailand Meteorological Department issued a weather warning for southern Thailand with torrential rain forecast to hit the region throughout the weekend. The heavy monsoon over the Gulf of Thailand and south of the country is being blamed for the rough weather, with the TMD predicting flash flooding in many areas.

(Phuket, Hat Yai and Hua Hin’s forecast below)

“Waves are expected to reach 2 metres in height in the lower Gulf of Thailand and possibly higher at the height of the storm. Ships are advised to proceed with caution.”

For the north and northeast of Thailand, the TMD forecasts strong winds and cooler mornings as the arrival of the “winter” season, coupled with a moderate high-pressure system, causes temperatures to dip.

Hua Hin’s five day forecast

Southern Thailand braces for rough weather and rain | News by The Thaiger

Phuket’s five day forecast

Southern Thailand braces for rough weather and rain | News by The Thaiger

Hat Yai’s five day forecast

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SOURCE: The Nation | weather.com

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Now you see him, now you don’t… Patong Police hunt foreigner over $30k theft

Greeley Pulitzer

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PHOTO: Patong Police

Patong Police have yet to develop any tangible leads tracking down a foreigner who made off with US$30,000 in cash from a currency exchange booth in Kalim, north of Patong in Phuket, last Tuesday.

The man is about 168 centimetres tall with grey hair and around 60 years old, Patong police told The Phuket News.

“We have no clue what nationality he is.”

He was last seen at the currency exchange booth wearing a purple polo shirt, blue jeans and black cap. Police have checked hotels in the area, police stations across the island and Phuket Immigration, but have yet to join the dots and come up with firm leads.

“Investigators have checked CCTV in the area and collected what evidence we have but we still do not know the man’s name or where he was staying.”

The man had visited the booth several times before Tuesday, when he disappeared with the $30,000 in US banknotes, according to police.

“It was always small amounts”, he added, noting that the amounts didn’t warrant staff at the exchange booth to check the man’s passport before making the exchange.

The man arrived at the booth again at about 1pm on Tuesday, saying that he had 900,000 baht cash to exchange.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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Mystery surrounds security guard found dead in his Phuket room

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PHOTOS: Phuket Hot News

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.

SOURCE: Phuket Hot News

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