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PHUKET: Phuket Police will have to wait for their counterparts in the Thai tourism town of Cha-am to close their murder investigation before taking the confessed assassin of Phuket newsman Wisut “Ae Inside” Tangwitthayaporn into custody (click here).

Police from the Crime Suppression Division headquarters in Bangkok, along with local Cha-Am Police, moved in and arrested Tossapol Ketkaew, 36, at a house in Cha-am yesterday for the 2004 murder of Kra Aromdee.

Tossapol, also known as Sanya “Noo” Klinchum, was additionally arrested for pulling the trigger in the shooting that left Mr Wisut dead in Phuket morning rush hour traffic last year.

“Tossapol confessed [to police] that at around 9am on January 12 last year he, along with the help of Noppadol ‘Pae’ Praisri and Somkuan ‘Boy’ Deepan, used a 9mm gun to shoot Ae Inside dead,” case investigator Lt Col Pattanapong Sripinproh said.

“He claimed that Somkuan was the one who arranged the gun for the killing and Noppadol was the one who drove the motorbike, allowing Tossapol to ride pillion as the gunman,” he added.

Tossapol’s confession to police concurs with that of Noppadol, who made his confession immediately after his arrest in January last year. (click here).

“Tossapol said he was paid 13,000 baht to be the gunman. He claimed that he received a message from Somkuan, but does not know who hired Somkuan to organize the assassination,” Lt Col Pattanapong said.

“Somkuan is still at large. Police are searching for him,” he added.

Lt Col Pattanapong said that while conducting their investigation into the killing of Kra Aromdee police discovered that Tossapol and Sanya were different aliases used by the same man.

“Tossapol confessed that he was involved in both killings. He said that on August 1, 2004 around 4pm, he and Yuenyong Uangjean used a .38-caliber gun to kill Mr Kra in front of a house in Tambon Khao Yai, Cha-am, in Petchaburi.

“Tossapol confessed he was the one who pulled the trigger,” he added.

Lt Col Pattanapong said the Cha-am killing was over a “personal conflict”, but did not elaborate on what the conflict was.

Phuket City Police chief Sermphan Sirikong told the Phuket Gazette today that his officers will have to wait for the Cha-am murder investigation to close before they can get their hands on Tossapol.

“We are preparing our official request to detain Tossapol. However, we have to wait for Cha-am Police to close their investigation first,” Col Sermphan said.

“The application will be filed under Phuket Court arrest warrant number Jor 39/2555 dated January 24, 2012. He is charged with co-premeditated murder,” he added.

“The search for Somkuan is ongoing. This is not the only case we’re following up on. Police are making a serious attempt to close every case on the island,” chief Sermphan said.

Watchara Malikaew, Mr Wisut ‘s best friend and co-worker on Mr Wisut’s Inside Phuket newspaper, said, “I was so delighted to hear that the suspect who pulled the trigger was arrested. The case is one year old. It shows that police did not abandon the case.

“However, I would like to see police arrest the other suspect who is still at large as I believe he is the sole connection to the person who hired the killers,” Mr Watchara added.

Phuket Police in February last year arrested and brought in for questioning Phuket businessman Atsadakorn “Pod” Seedokbuab on allegations of him being the mastermind behind the assassination of Mr Wisut (click here).

Mr Atsadakorn, owner of KPP Cable TV in Phuket and at that time a vice president of the Phuket Chamber of Commerce, surrendered to police.

He denied knowing Noppadol “Pae” Praisri before Noppadol’s name was splashed across newspaper headlines, but confirmed he did know fellow suspect Somkuan “Boy” Deepan, 48, before the killing.

“I know Khun Boy [Mr Somkuan]. He is a friend and even I hired him to operate a digger at a construction site at one of my developments,” Mr Atsadakorn said.

“But I do not know where he is now,” he said at the February 16 press conference.

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Woman arrested for abandoning newborn baby on a bench in Phuket

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Police tracked down and arrested a Burmese woman who allegedly left her newborn baby on a bench in Phuket’s Patong area last week. The mother faces charges of abandoning a baby.

The newborn was left in a reusable shopping bag on a bench behind a Krungthai Bank branch. A woman in the area heard the baby crying and found the newborn in the bag along with a bottle of milk, diapers and clothing. Police reviewed surveillance camera footage shows a woman, police later identified as Ei Ei Phyu, leaving the bag on the bench.

Police say the woman gave birth on September 9 at a local hospital in Surat Thani’s Phun Phin district. Ei Ei allegedly took a van from Surat Thani to Phuket on September 22 and stayed with a friend in Patong. The early the next morning, she allegedly left her baby on the bench before boarding a bus back to Surat Thani.

Burmese workers in the Patong area told police Ei Ei used to work at a local Indian food restaurant before she moved to Surat Thani to work as a rubber tapper. Ei Ei allegedly told police she is not in the position to raise a child.

In earlier reports, police said the baby is healthy and does not appear to have any injuries.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Phuket police arrest 6 after finding large amounts of methamphetamine in raid

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Phuket Provincial Police have arrested 6 people after finding large amounts of methamphetamine and other drugs during a raid. One suspect alone allegedly had 7.6 kilograms of crystal meth (ya ice) and over 12,500 methamphetamine pills (ya bah). 29 year old Surasak ‘Bank’ Wijit and 27 year old Panida ‘Mei’ Saeyang were arrested at an apartment car park in Soi Lookkaew, Moo 6, Rassada, in eastern Phuket, after they were found in possession of the drugs.

Police also found 2 mobile phones and a red Honda PCX, registered in Phuket, as evidence. Both suspects have been charged with posessing a Category 1 drug with the intent to sell.

Other suspects arrested at the same time include 36 year old from Chiang Rai, 42 year old Sarawut ‘An’ Srichanon, from Ranong and 31 year old Pornthep ‘Iew’ Thepchampa, who were charged with the same crimes in Chalong after police found more drugs in their possession. 33 year old Kamon ‘Kung’ Sae-ngow, was arrested as well after police found kratom juice and leaves at a house in Rassada. He was taken to Phuket City Police station and was charged with a Category 5 drug possession.

SOURCE:The Phuket News

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Phuket Muay Thai fighter is the first Thai national to compete in UFC

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The upcoming Ultimate Fighting Championship Fight Night event in Abu Dhabi will feature Thailand’s only national marking her third fight with the UFC, the world’s largest mixed martial arts competition. 24 year old Loma Lookboonme, from Burirram in northeastern Thailand, will fight in the event on October 3, 2020.

Loma is a Muay Thai fighter who has adapted her MMA skills to fight in the UFC where she currently trains at the Tiger Muay Thai gym in Phuket. Loma qualified for the national team at the age of 19 and has fought in over 12 nations worldwide. She currently trains 6 days a week starting daily at 6:30am with a 3 kilometre run. In the UFC, she will be competing against China’s Angela Lee who is the undisputed champion of the 52 kilogram fist weight category.

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Loma’s parents are former Muay Thai fighters and her 2 sisters currently compete as well. She reportedly started training at 8 years old after being inspired by her father, whom she describes as her “hero.”

Like most Thais in such fighting sports, Muay Thai offers a way to rise out of poverty-and fighting for the UFC can be financially lucrative. But Loma says her only Thai sponsor is the gym where she trains, with the rest of her sponsors being from foreign brands. She says she is trying to get more Thai sponsors but feels that maybe she needs to win the UFC first before Thai brands notice her.

Loma lost her last fight and says her new opponent gives her nothing to lose. She says her goal is to get into the Top 10, but is not sure when it will happen. Loma says for now, it would be good to fight against someone in the Top 10 to help her prepare for her future.

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