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Murder most foul: infanticide in Phuket

Legacy Phuket Gazette

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CHALONG, PHUKET: Chalong Police are searching for a Burmese nanny they think was responsible for the murder by suffocation of a four-month-old Thai child left in her care.

Police were notified of the death at 8:30am yesterday by the boy’s mother, 32-year-old Palida Phromraksa, a native of Ao Luk District in Krabi.

When police led by Chalong Police Deputy Superintendent Narong Laksanawimon arrived at the scene, they found Mrs Palida weeping bitterly.

Entering the two-bedroom home on Soi Banklang in Chalong Village 7 they found the lifeless body of four-month old Pornprasert Phromraksa lying face-up on a bed, wearing only a soiled diaper. There were scratch marks on his left cheek.

From the state of the body, police estimated the time of death at about one day earlier.

Mrs Palida told police that she is the owner of the Rawai Club tour company, which is very busy during high season.

In order to run the company, she employed a 32-year-old Burmese woman identified only as ‘Ple’ as a live-in nanny to care for the boy when she was away.

Mrs Palida said she had a great deal of trust in the Burmese woman, who was paid 7,000 baht a month and provided with a motorbike in exchange for her services.

Mrs Palida typically slept at the tour company offices, returning home every other night to see her son.

She arrived home as usual at around 1am on Saturday to find all the lights out.

Going to the bedroom where the child usually slept with the nanny, she found the door locked.

Not finding this unusual, she took a shower and went to sleep in the other bedroom, she told police.

Getting up the following morning, she again tried to open the door because she wanted to give the boy a hug before returning to work.

When there was no answer to her knocking, she opened the door with a key to find her child dead and the nanny missing. In a state of shock, she called police.

Phuket Forensics Police collected fingerprint samples as well as clothes belonging to Ple as evidence in the case. Chalong Police are now searching for the nanny.

From the wounds to the child’s face they have conjectured that the nanny might have lost her temper with the child and suffocated him in a fit of rage, either by placing a cloth over his nose and mouth or choking him to death.

Phuket Ruamjai Kupai Rescue Foundation volunteers took the child’s remains to Vachira Phuket Hospital for examination.

 

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Phuket tightens restrictions: No parties, no visits from friends

Tanutam Thawan

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No, your friends can’t come over. No parties. No drinking with friends. No large gatherings. As part of Phuket’s efforts to stop the spread of Covid-19, local authorities have tightened restrictions and say friends are not allowed to gather at private homes.

“No parties of any kind allowed… No house party, no friends gathering in the residence.”

Along with temporary closures of some businesses and venues, the order says, parties involving alcohol are banned and gatherings of more than 30 people are banned. The only gatherings allowed are religious ceremonies like weddings and funerals.

Foreigners who violate any of Phuket’s disease control measures could be deported and lose their permission to stay in Thailand. On Sunday, 2 British men in Phuket were each fined 6,000 baht for having a “party.” Only 6 people were gathered at the home. Police from the Cherng Talay station came by the home after a call from a neighbour.

Phuket tightens restrictions: No parties, no visits from friends | News by Thaiger

 

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3 organisers of Phuket’s Kolour superspreader event charged

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FILE PHOTO: 3 managers involved in the Kolour superspreader event have been charged.

As Thailand still wrestles to control the third wave of Covid-19, much of which stems from entertainment venues in Bangkok and a massive party in Phuket, Patong police announced that the managers of the Phuket venues that hosted the Kolour superspreader event will be charged under the Emergency Decree. The case report was filed with the public prosecutor yesterday according to the Patong police chief, confirming that 3 people will be prosecuted for the event.

The Kolour Beachside Festival was held April 2 and 3 with events at Café Del Mar Phuket in Kamala, and Shelter Phuket Dance and Night Club and Illuzion Nightclub, both in Patong. Before the festival, Phuket had gone more than a hundred days without any new Covid-19 infections, but by April 7 the Phuket provincial Public Health office announced 8 new infections, half of which had been at the Kolour parties. In the following weeks, officials plead for attendees to be tested as infections spread.

Charges were delayed in being filed to the Phuket Public Prosecutor’s office as a special investigation committee was ordered to be created to oversee the investigation at the request of Region 8’s Police Commander. That committee brought together officials from various law enforcement in the area including the Patong Police, Kamala Police, Phuket Provincial Police, and the Region 8 Police to investigate the Kolour event before anyone was charged.

The manager of Café Del Mar, along with the managing director and the manager of Shelter and Illuzion, which are under the same management team, will be charged for the Kolour festival violating Thailand’s Emergency Decree that was declared to help protect the country from Covid-19 outbreaks. A breach of the Emergency Decree can be held liable for up to 40,000 Baht and 2 years in jail under Section 9 of the Decree.

The latter 2 are also facing charges of operating an unlicensed entertainment venue. This carries the possibility of another year in prison and a fine of up to 60,000 baht, in accordance with Thai Law under Section 26 of the Entertainment Place Act.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

 

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Phuket woman impaled by steel rod in motorbike accident

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PHOTO: CCTV footage shows the Woman impaled in a motorbike crash.

Police were called to the scene of a gruesome motorbike accident just after midnight in the Kathu area of Phuket, where a woman was impaled by a steel rod. The 34 year old woman crashed her motorbike into a concrete power pole on Wichit Songkram Rd between the Kathu Shrine and Kathu Municipality. rescue workers responded, and together with police, they arrived to find the woman still hanging from the power pole.

Khanuengnit Onoaun was driving a black and pink Honda Click motorbike and may have been speeding just before being impaled by the rod on the electric pole. Her motorbike was lying nearby the pole with significant damage to the front of the bike and the front wheel.

CCTV footage recovered from the scene suggest that the woman may have fallen asleep and crashed into the power pole. The pole had steel rods protruding from its side that utility workers use to climb when service or repairs are needed to the electrical lines, which is what impaled her when her motorbike hit the pole.

The metal rod pierced the woman’s upper chest and went all the way through her body with about 2 inches exposed on the other side of her as she hung from the pole. Rescue workers could not remove her from the steel rod at the scene of the accident safely and instead chose to cut the rod to take her off the electric pole and into an ambulance. Cutting through the steel took about 5 minutes for the rescuers.

She arrived and was admitted into Vachira Phuket Hospital with the metal rod still impaled through her chest. The hospital had no updates about the woman’s condition after her motorbike crash other than that she is alive and receiving treatment currently. The police plan on questioning her once she has had time to recover and investigating the incident further if necessary.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

 

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