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Mystery surrounds Briton’s death

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PHUKET: Mystery surrounds the death of Briton Stephen Harris, leaving his family saddened and confused.

Mr Harris’s body was was discovered at the Monte Carlo Hotel on Rat-U-Thit 200 Pi Rd on October 29. (See Gazette Online story here.)

At that time Pol Lt Col Boonlert Onklang of Kathu Police Station told the Gazette that an initial inspection by a doctor indicated the cause of death was a broken neck, and that Mr Harris, 46, had also suffered a dislocated right elbow.

Mr Harris’s remains were sent to Bangkok for autopsy before being repatriated to Britain in the middle of November.

However, when the body arrived in the UK, his family were unhappy at the cause of death – heart failure – as stated in the death certificate that accompanied his body.

Speaking with the Gazette yesterday, Angela Farmer, Mr Harris’s sister, said “The death certificate that came back with Stephen said that he had died of a heart attack.

“I wasn’t happy about that, so the coroner for Worcester [where Mr Harris lived] has opened an inquest.

“We’ve been told that Stephen did not have a heart attack, and we’re still waiting for the results from [a second] autopsy, although Stephen has now been buried. [The coroner here] can’t find a cause of death.”

Mrs Farmer said that Worcestershire County Coroner Victor Round, whose area includes Kidderminster, where Mr Harris lived, “…wasn’t happy [with the autopsy results from Thailand]. He is trying to get information from the Thai coroner who supposedly did an autopsy, but information is very slow coming through [from Thailand].”

Mrs Farmer also said that Mr Round found no fractures or dislocations to any part of Mr Harris’s body.

She added, “It’s been a very distressing time for all of us, as you can understand. [The Foreign Office] haven’t been of much help and it’s very hard to take, because we still don’t know the cause of his death.”

Ian Harding, a coroner’s official working under Mr Round, told the Gazette that an inquest was opened into Mr Harris’s death on November 23 and will remain open until inquiries have been made with the Foreign Office and the Thai agencies involved. He declined to comment further on the case.

Despite the fact that the body has been returned to the family, with a death certificate, police in Patong say they still have not received the official autopsy report.

Col Boonlert told the Gazette today that he is still waiting for the report to come from the Royal Thai Police Institute of Forensic Medicine (IFM) in Bangkok.

All he has received so far, he said, is a vague verbal notification that the cause of death was “failure of the circulatory system”.

In the meantime, investigators continue trying to puzzle out what happened in Mr Harris’s hotel room, Col Boonlert said. “We are still trying to find out who was with him on that day.

“One man who was among the last to see him didn’t appear aggressive or strong enough to kill someone this way [by breaking his neck].

“We have interviewed a friend called Peter, and the maid and the owner of the guest house. We are still trying to find other witnesses, but it’s not easy, because the bar was closed on that day.

“We have a list of people who knew him, but we have yet to speak with all of them.

“We are also waiting for the autopsy result. We have asked the IFM when they will send us the result, but have had no reply yet. We may have to wait a few months.”

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Southern Thailand braces for rough weather and rain

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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

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

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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

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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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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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