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Phuket mob bays for blood at ‘Nong Som’ murder reenactment

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PHUKET: There was a wild scene in a normally quiet Phuket suburb this morning, where more than 60 security officers were needed to prevent an irate crowd from lynching the man who murdered 17-year-old Sunisa “Nong Som” Saiyoy on Tuesday.

Confessed killer Kittikhun Wonghajak arrived at the home of the late Nong Som at 10am today under the protection of Phuket Provincial Police, Chalong District Police and members of the Nakok Village Security Team to stage a reenactment of his crimes.

When they arrived, hundreds of people who had gathered outside the house shouted and swore at Kittikhun,with many trying to attack him.

Due to obvious security concerns, police decided not to go through with an original plan to reenact Kittikhun’s arrival at the home by motorcycle. As soon as he stepped out of the police truck, he was taken directly inside the home behind a phalanx of security officers for his own protection.

Nong Som’s grandmother Prayoon Hirio said she would be happy to let the angry mob inside the home to take revenge against Kittikhun, “even if the house collapses as a result”.

Once inside, Nong Som’s relatives continually swore and tried to attack him, only to be held back by the security team throughout the reenactment, which took about one hour.

Once inside, Kittikhun expressed remorse for the murder and begged the crowd for leniency.

“Let the criminal justice system judge me. Please don’t hurt me anymore,” said Mr Kittikhun, who was high on crystal meth and ya bah when he broke into the home four days earlier.

As for the case against him, Chalong Police Superintendent Sirisak Wasasiri said, “We are now awaiting autopsy results from the Institute of Forensic Medicine at Police General Hospital in Bangkok. Normally it takes up to 45 days, but we will ask them to send the report as soon as possible.”

“The suspect has been charged with robbery resulting in the death of the victim, which is a capital crime. He is also charged with sexual assault.

“This crime took place in broad daylight. Images from CCTV installed in the village were very useful in helping us capture the suspect shortly after the crime took place,” added Col Sirisak.

Also useful was the fact that the drug-addicted Kittikhun lived a stone’s throw away from the largest police complex in the province. He also lacked the common sense by keeping stolen items in his rented flat. He was even wearing the same shoes used in the attack when police came to his door to question him on an unrelated theft charge.

Col Sirisak used the opportunity to urge one and all to install CCTV cameras.

“They can protect you as well as your neighbors,” he said.

The staging of police reenactments for high-profile, heinous crimes remains a controversial issue. Police in Thailand claim they are necessary to help build up evidence in cases against suspects.

“Even though we had a problem completing the reenactment today, we are satisfied. We got what was required,” he said.

There was one injury reported during the stand off between police and the angry mob.

Sen Sgt Maj Boonlerd Pueakphong of the Chalong Police Officer was mistakenly attacked by the angry villagers as he helped escorted Mr Kittikhun back to the police truck.

He happened to be wearing the same color shirt as Kittikhun.

He suffered a fractured index finger on his right hand and was sent to Phuket International Hospital for treatment.

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Phuket is set to get its own version of the popular game MONOPOLY and its creators want your help with ideas for the specialised tokens. ‘MONOPOLY: Phuket Edition’ was announced last month which will see the street art on the board game replaced with that of famous places around Thailand’s famous tourist destination. Such art will include beaches, hotels, shops, markets and other popular attractions.

Jennifer Lau from Winning Moves UK, is producing the game under official license from Monopoly brand owners, Hasbro. Lau says the tokens will feature a holiday theme. The token’s departure from the original theme of wheelbarrows, boots, iron, and thimbles as well as popular sports cars and hats.

“We have had a wealth of emails and suggestions coming in for Phuket, so thank you for each and every single one of them! We are taking them all into consideration whilst putting together the design of the game.”

“We wanted to change the tokens so that they would be more suitable for an island like Phuket, where so many people like to go on holiday to.”

“There will be six themed tokens that replace the original and we want to hear your suggestions for what these tokens should be!”

Bangkok has already been featured in the Monopoly game as it came out for purchase back in 2018.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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Phuket is rehearsing procedures to ready themselves for the Covid‐19 vaccine administration green light. A rehearsal at Vachira Hospital’s Lan Muang Khao open area was held late yesterday to iron out any kinks in the administration process. Phuket Vice Governor Pichet Panapong watched over the procedures along with other health officials.

Pichet says the first vaccine round of 4,000 doses should arrive early in March, with the 2nd and 3rd set of doses, 16,000 and 48,000 respectively, to arrive in April and May.

“The government recognises the importance of the affected areas of the economy where the epidemic situation of COVID-19 must be stopped and has allocated the COVID-19 vaccine to Phuket Province to build herd immunity, restore the economy, return a smile to Thailand.”

“We are preparing to COVID-19 mass vaccination to build confidence among the people that they will receive a quality, safe vaccine and to receive follow-up care after it has been administered.”

Pichet says Phuket’s first target groups to receive the vaccine include medical and public health personnel, with others on the frontlines to come next.

Then, workers aged 18-59 years old, people with underlying diseases including chronic respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, chronic kidney disease, cerebrovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity will follow.

“People with severe neurological conditions and pregnant women should be wary of taking the vaccine, as well as women who are breastfeeding and people with immunodeficiency.”

The procedure to get vaccinated starts by recipients undergoing screening by having their temperatures taken, and then sanitising their hands before entering the administration area. Then, they will move their way through a series of steps, detailed below:

Step 1: Register

Step 2: Record weight and blood pressure

Step 3: Pass the screening process by have their medical history and risk assessment recorded and then signing a consent to receive the vaccine

Step 4: Wait for vaccination

Step 5: Vaccination

Step 6: Rest for 30 minutes, while being observed for symptoms. Then scan the official Line account “หมอพร้อม” (“Doctor Ready”)

Step 7: Pass a final check before receiving a document confirming vaccination

Pichet says health workers will follow up with vaccine recipients after 1,7, and 30 days from being vaccinated to monitor any adverse reactions.

Those who are set to receive their second jab will have appointments made for them. Those who receive the Sinovac vaccine will be scheduled to have their second doses 2 to 4 weeks after the first. AstraZeneca vaccine receivers will be scheduled for their second doses 10 to 12 weeks after the first.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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Phuket police officer charged with attempted murder for shooting and critically injuring a noodle vendor

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The drunk, off-duty police officer in Phuket who has caught on camera shooting and beating a noodle vendor on Bangla Road is now facing attempted murder charges as well as charges of carrying a firearm in public without a necessary reason and firing a weapon in a public area. The commander of the Phuket police station said he ordered investigators to prosecute the officer Pornthep Channarong with every criminal charge that can be applied.

The officer had gotten into an altercation just before dawn yesterday and shot a young vendor who was walking by. Surveillance camera footage show the 25 year old suddenly falling to the ground after being shot. The officer walks up and shoots the vendor at a close range, but it appears the second shot did not hit the vendor. The officer also slapped the vendor in the face, picked him up and shoved him over, and then kicked him as he lay on the ground.

The vendor has a 4 year old daughter and 3 month old son. His wife says normally he works as a motorbike driver, but he was helping his mother selling noodles. He was shot while he was walking back from collecting a noodle bowl, she says. The vendor is in critical condition and being cared for at Vachira Phuket Hospital’s intensive care unit. He’s in need of Type B blood.

“For his condition, the doctor told me that the bullet went through his lung. He lost a lot of blood. We need a lot of Type B blood for him.”

A disciplinary investigation into the incident was launched by police and Pornthep was officially dismissed from the Royal Thai Police force. Region 8 Police Commander Kitrat Panpetch says the incident does not reflect the police force in Phuket.

“The incident was caused by an officer who did something wrong that our organisation does not want. We are a big organisation with more than 200,000 officers under our control. Our officers are not all bad like this.”

Phuket Provincial Police Commander Pornsak Nuannu says he has reminded the police chiefs across the island to discuss reasons for carrying firearms in public.

“Carrying firearms is to prevent any type of crime that may happen, not to commit a crime by themselves like this incident. If I see any police doing such a thing, I will decisively proceed in terms of both officer discipline and criminal charges.”

SOURCE: Phuket News

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