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Medical schools join forensic probe into land suspect’s death

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PHUKET: Forensic teams from medical schools have joined the investigation into the mysterious death of a former land department official – a major suspect in an illegal land-title registration case – while in police custody.

Justice Minister General Paiboon Koomchaya said yesterday that to ensure transparency in the case, forensic teams from Chulalongkorn University, Ramathibodi Medical School, and Siriraj Medical School would participate in the probe along with the Department of Special Investigation (DSI), which would appear to be investigating itself.

Speculation has surrounded the death of Tawatchai Anukul who was reported to have committed suicide by hanging himself in a DSI cell on Tuesday. An autopsy result at the Police General Hospital, however, indicated that a ruptured liver, internal hemorrhaging and suffocation were the causes of his death.

Gen Paiboon said that he wanted the investigation to be clear and open, and added that he had invited the academic teams to be involved in order to quell widespread public doubts.

“Currently, three guards who were on duty during the incident have already been questioned by using a polygraph. The suspect’s family was not invited to witness the investigation, so I suggested to the DSI that next time the family should be a part of the process, so they can observe and acknowledge the authorities’ procedures,” Gen Paiboon said.

Gen Paiboon said that no other person has yet been implicated in Mr Tawatchai’s death, and added that if it can be verified that the DSI was involved in his death, the agency would be punished by law.

Justice Ministry permanent secretary Charnchao Chaiyanukij says the investigation will have a 15-day deadline.

“I guarantee that Mr Tawatchai’s family can monitor every process of the investigation to ensure transparency and we have his family’s cooperation in sending his body to the morgue at Thammasat Rangsit Hospital,” Mr Charnchao said.

DSI Chief Col Paisit Wongmuang also insists that the DSI will not interfere in the investigation.

Mr Tawatchai’s brother, Chainarong Anukul, said that regardless of the outcome of the probe, he still wants to know why DSI officials only showed him CCTV footage of the hallway in the detention area – and not inside the detention room itself.

Col Paisit said that all surveillance cameras were operating at the time of the incident and denied speculation that any footage was missing. He also said the CCTV records were available for inspection by any related agency or individual.

Mr Tawatchai’s body was brought from Wat Bang Luang Temple to Thammasat University Hospital yesterday for postmortem by Thammasat University’s forensic team.

The commander of the 2nd Metropolitan Police Division, Maj Gen Charoen Srisaluk, said the division has set up a truth-finding committee headed by Col Komsak Sumangkaset. As it is considered a sensitive case, the attorneys will also join the investigation.

“We have already questioned all the guards who were on duty that day, but as of now this case is still not a criminal case. We have to wait for the official autopsy result first,” Gen Charoen said.

— The Nation

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The 15th Mai Khao Marine Turtle fun run attracts more than 4,000 runners

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4,000 runners from Thailand and overseas took part in the 15th Mai Khao Marine Turtle Fun Run and Half Marathon 2019 yesterday, starting from the Phuket Gateway.

The event is expected to raise 700,000 baht for the charity, now in its 15th year. The money raised goes towards to The Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation, which is committed to protecting the marine and coastal environment, and ecosystems, for the wellbeing of sea turtles that nest in the Mai Khao beach and the surrounding areas.

The annual race also provides funds for thePhuket Marine Biological Centre’s Injured Turtle Rehabilitation Program and The Third NavalArea Command’s Turtle Hatchery Program.

The race was in its 15th year and runners of all ages and abilities took part in the race. The morning’s racing was divided into five categories – the 21.1km half marathon, 10.5km mini- marathon, 5km fun run and 3k family run and VIP participants for all the races. The route of 21.1 kilometre race took runners northwest along the Haad Sai Kaew beach towards Thao Thepkasattri bridge, past the rural road No. 3006, run along the road – Pi Lai viewpoint area returned back along the T. Baan Tha Nun to the iconic Sarasin bridge before finished the half marathon in the Phuket Gateway.

For Mini Marathon 10.5 km – Over all category, Mr. Chinnawat Changlek clocked 39 minutes and 40 seconds to clinch victory in the male half marathon, winning prize money and a trophy with the signature of Phuket’s Governor. The winner in the female mini marathon was Surakarn Wanna with a time of 47 minutes and 47 seconds.

Winners also received a prize gift voucher as well as a medal. Congratulations to all participants.

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‘Phang Nga Bay and Beyond’ exhibition by Marilyn Band at Mom Tri’s WOK Gallery Kitchen in November

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The Art exhibition “Phang Nga Bay and Beyond” by Marilyn Band is being held at Mom Tri’s WOK Gallery Kitchen, Chalong, Kata Hill, Phuket from November 30, 2019 – January 31, 2020. The opening will take place on Saturday November 30, 2019 at 6.30 pm.

Artist’s Statement

“For the current exhibition, I am presenting recent work, a more abstract expression of Phang Nga Bay’s beauty, which intends to encourage the viewer the opportunity to interpret and appreciate a little bit of paradise. I am quite excited about these more abstract works as it has allowed me to explore the essence of these limestone monuments in the bay.

“I find the natural world a beautiful, magical place. My paintings are inspired by many sea voyages. Though based on reality I try to introduce my own feelings and vision which will delight others.”

Biography

Marilyn Band has been creating art since childhood, influenced by a family who surrounded her with paintings and the creations of several generations of her ancestors who were famous stained glass artists. She went to Florence, Italy for life drawing and then went on to study graphics at High Wycombe Technical College in Buckinghamshire, England and started her career as a graphic designer in a variety of advertising agencies in London.

On Holiday in the Seychelles, she met her future husband, Nick Band, and they have been sailing around the Indian Ocean and SE Asia for more than forty years allowing Marilyn the chance to draw and paint the now disappearing tropical cultures from Zanzibar to Sri Lanka to Phuket, and beyond.

She arrived in Phuket in 1980 and immediately built a studio that has been the center of her art projects. Between sea voyages and other travels, Marilyn has become one of Phuket’s most significant artists with one person exhibitions at Mom Tri’s Boathouse and Villa Royale Galleries.

She has also designed and developed the graphics for the island’s world famous Phuket King’s Cup Regatta media.

She continues to explore new avenues of self- expression in acrylic, oil, watercolour, ink, collage and silkscreen.

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Thalang Police arrest local Phuket drug dealer with amphetamine pills

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Thalang Police have arrested a local drug dealer with more than 192 amphetamine pills. Thalang police in Phuket arrested 29 year old Wimon Songkong from Nakhon Si Thammarat with 192 amphetamine pills that he was carrying when they nabbed him in front of a 7-Eleven store inside a PTT gas station on Thepkasattri Road, in Thalang District.

The amphetamine pills were packed in a black zip-lock plastic bag, which was hidden in his grey shoulder bag. Two of the pills were green and 190 of them were orange, while each pill had the letters ‘wy’ printed on them.

Wimon was charged for possessing and trading illicit drugs and was sent to Thalang police station for further investigation and processing.

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