PHUKET: Phuket Police took just a few hours to track down and arrest three teenagers wanted for the strangling murder of a Phuket resort worker yesterday.
At least two more suspects remain at large.
Police presented two of the suspects to the press at Phuket City Police Station this morning.
The suspects were identified as Charin “Mutt” Chokekue and Kittiphum “Phum'” Jutangka, both 18-year-old residents of Phuket.
The third suspect arrested, a 17-year-old male, was not presented to the press.
All three teenagers have confessed to conspiring to kill the victim, 35-year-old hotel worker Yusop Wattanarot, said police.
Two other suspects, identified as Panuwat “Boy” Klindee and Jirasak “Poe” Siriwong, are still at large.
“Boy” was described by police as a gik (casual sex partner) of the victim, who reportedly enjoyed the company of young men and boys, police said.
Police said Poe was not at the scene when the four other members of the gang strangled Mr Yusop, stuffed his body under a bed, and drove off with his possessions, according to the other suspects.
Led by Phuket Provincial Police Commander Pekad Tantipong, police said investigating officers used information about the motorbikes used by the gang – including one stolen from the victim – to track the group down to a nearby stretch of Phattana Thongthin Road bordering the Klong Mudong estuary in Wichit.
Mutt and Phum were arrested at the scene, but Boy and Poe fled on motorbikes.
Subsequent questioning of the suspects led to the arrest of the third suspect at a municipal housing estate in Wichit less than an hour later.
The youth was found in possession of a homemade .38-caliber handgun.
Also presented as evidence at the press conference were two Yamaha Fino motorbikes, an Indonesian banknote, a notebook computer, a DVD player, a wristwatch and two sets of keys.
Many of the items were stolen from the victim, police said.
The trio confessed to charges including conspiracy to commit premeditated murder, robbery and a weapons charges, police said.
Police are still searching for Boy, who appears to have played a key role in planning the killing.
*The killing followed an altercation that began after the victim continually tried to fondle the private parts of Mutt, police quoted the suspects as saying.*
*= Updated September 3, 2011
— Atchaa Khamlo
Now you see him, now you don’t… Patong Police hunt foreigner over $30k theft
PHOTO: Patong Police
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
Mystery surrounds security guard found dead in his Phuket room
PHOTOS: Phuket Hot News
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
‘Always Smile Journey’ raises fund to provide free English classes for underprivileged people
On October 18, the ‘Always Smile Journey’ group and its partners will host an exhibition with plenty of fun activities at the Yak Yai Market, near Chalong Circle, in Phuket. This event was designed to raise funds to provide free English classes for underprivileged people on the island of Phuket on Saturdays and Sundays. The group does not accept donations but aims to raise money through the sales of the products available at the event.
From 2 pm to 8 pm, there will be a number of artists, musicians and performers who will keep the attendees entertained along the way. There will be a short film about His Majesty King Rama 9 as well as fun activities and games for kids and families, which are all free of charge.
The big bike crew is also a part of this event. They will ride a parade from Rawai Beach heading to the market and showcase their gorgeous two-wheel buddies.
One of the highlights of the Always Smile Journey exhibition is the ‘Happening’ artists group, who will draw and paint a picture of the His Majesty King Rama 9 under the name ‘Street Art King Bhumibol’ on a 4×10 meter sign live at the event so the guests will experience this large-scale art in action. The Happening will also offer portrait sketching for the participants.
There will also be some western menus available at the event which will be donated to underprivileged children.
This free English class project has over seven years of experience through its cooperation working with individuals and other charity organizations. Throughout the years, the group visited several areas such as Ban Laem Hoy School, Ban Bopud School and Ban Angthong School in Samui, Surat Thani province, Ban Bueng Ao Oun School and Ban Kakoh Rayong, in Surin province, Jalae Village of Lahu (Muser) in Chiang Rai province, as well as community education centers in Siem Reap, Cambodia and in Luang Prabang, in Laos.
This event is a cooperation between several groups, including Happening, Yak Yai Market and Arrow Media, Tattoo artist group, Thonburi Art School Alumni, International School of Tourism, Suratthani Rajabhat University, big bike group from Phuket, artists/performers/musicians from many provinces as well as several businesses across Phuket.
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