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Partner of killed German seeks justice in Phuket

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PHUKET: A woman severely injured in a Phuket traffic accident is demanding justice for her dead German partner, following police failing to conduct a blood alcohol test on a man who allegedly had admitted to drinking prior to the fatal accident on December 3.

“I was conscious, but unable to move immediately after the accident. The driver didn’t stop; he kept trying to drive forward over the top of my boyfriend. I couldn’t do anything,” Patcharin Lammai, 35, told the Phuket Gazette from her hospital bed. “Thankfully, a tuk-tuk driver and local man who witnessed the accident were able to stop the driver.”

Andreas Walter, 47, was rushed to Vachira Phuket Hospital, but succumbed to his injuries the next morning. Ms Patcharin, Mr Walter’s partner of 10 years, suffered injuries to her face, legs and abdominal area. She was taken to Bangkok Hospital Phuket by request, following Mr Walter being admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at Vachira Phuket Hospital.

“The couple were on their way to Chalong from Kata when they were in an accident with a car driven by Jakarin Rodpradit, 26,” explained Lt Nipon Temsung of the Karon Police.

Ms Patcharin alleged that Mr Jakarin told witnesses that he was not drunk, but had in fact been drinking.

Police confirmed to the Gazette that officers at the scene did not corroborate this information with a statement from Mr Jakarin or the witnesses.

“The two officers at the scene did not ask Mr Jakarin whether or not he had been drinking,” said Lt Nipon. “We also have yet to question any witnesses about this accident.”

Police detailed the incident in their report, seized Mr Jakarin’s driver’s licence and allowed him to return to his vehicle and go on his way.

“I later learned that police did not even test the blood alcohol level of the driver,” Ms Patcharin said. “Why haven’t any police officers come to question me about the incident? Why did they let the driver go free?”

Ms Patcharin has pressed a reckless driving causing death charge against Mr Jakarin, who had returned to work the day after the accident.

At police-conducted negotiations on December 8, Mr Jakarin denied all charges. He told police that Mr Walter was, in fact, the one driving recklessly.

Ms Patcharin’s relatives have independently been building a case against Mr Jakarin, searching for CCTV footage that might reveal exactly what happened.

“Unfortunately, they weren’t able to find any CCTV cameras that caught the accident. However, I am grateful that there were witnesses. The driver should have braked – if he had, my partner may not have died,” Ms Patcharin said.

Mr Jakarin is out on bail, while police continue their investigation.

— Kongleaphy Keam

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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

Phuket’s five day forecast

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

Hat Yai’s five day forecast

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

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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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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