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PHUKET: Police are still searching for the two suspects wanted for the brutal roadside assault of a Phuket woman last week.

The victim, 58, was set upon by two men just before dawn Thursday morning as she rode her motorbike to a local market.

She was left unconscious by the roadside with blood running from a wound to her head, and she was clad below the waist only in her underwear, which had been pulled off one leg.

Police said that she may have been raped.

Thalang police Lt Col Weerayut Sittirattanakul told the Phuket Gazette that the woman’s condition was so severe that she remains in the ICU at Vachira Phuket Hospital more than a week later.

“She is now conscious and remembers her children, but she hasn’t been able to give any information [on the attack] yet as she is still breathing through a respirator and being fed intravenously,” he said.

“We know only that there were two men at the scene, one fat and one thin. We are looking for a black Honda Click motorbike that was probably used by the men,” he said.

Witnesses told police they were unable to make out the license plate number of the bike because the area where the assault took place was too dark.

Police earlier quoted witnesses as saying they thought they heard an accident and went out to investigate and saw two men, but then went back inside their homes.

The one streetlight that usually illuminated the area was broken the same day as the attack, Lt Col Weerayut said.

Police hope that DNA samples taken from the scene will help track down the suspects and bring them to justice.

“We are still awaiting the DNA test results and hope to match them to one of the suspects,” he said.

Police have reviewed CCTV images of the victim before the attack, which took place before 6am.

One CCTV image showed her riding past the Heroines’ Monument at precisely 5:43am.

Police think they also have images of the attackers, but say the images are dark and unclear.

Police also suspect that the pair may have been under the influence of drugs.

“We questioned the victim’s relatives and acquaintances, who told us she wasn’t involved in any disputes with anyone. She wasn’t argumentative and usually liked to stay at home,” he said.

The current search for suspects is focusing on ex-convicts who have served time for sexual assault, and on migrant laborers working in the area where the attack occurred, he said.

“We have to get every detail right, so we are working slowly and methodically in order to ensure we don’t make any mistakes or arrest innocent people,” he added.

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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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Phuket airport ready for tourists after finishing Covid screening labs

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Phuket Airport is officially ready for tourists as authorities say they have finished installing Covid screening labs in an effort to welcome international travellers. The 5T Model for Covid-19 is being used at the airport with the goal of screening large groups of people in a quick and efficient manner. The Phuket health chief says the 5T’s stand for Target, Testing, Treating, Trusting and Tracing.

Phuket has one large airport at the north end of the island but is separated into two separate terminals – a domestic terminal (the original airport terminal), and a new international terminal opened in 2016.

The target category refers to the target groups of tourists while the tracing stands for software that will be used to monitor their movements. The testing category refers to Covid tests that will be implemented to travellers upon arrival along with the treatment and trust categories signifying the readiness of resources for medical treatment and confident communications between all parties respectively.

The Covid-19 lab container module has been set up at Phuket airport’s Terminal X (the terminal opened for charter flights opened in 2014) and will be tested tomorrow with its operation to start on September 30. As large groups of tourists could arrive (later in the year, the lab is reportedly capable of testing 96 people at a time with test results becoming available in 6 hours. What the airport would do withe tested passengers whilst waiting for 6 hours, has not been detailed at this stage.

Such a readiness plan to welcome foreign tourists originally singled out Phuket due to its popularity with travellers, and as a so-called guinea pig model to test in a controlled environment (Phuket is an island joined to the Thai mainland by a single 300 metre road bridge). Once dubbed the Phuket Model, authorities have proposed to rename the plan to “Special Tourist Visa” due to the confusion and opposition it reportedly caused. The scheme is reportedly now being proposed for all areas of Thailand but only allowing foreigners from specific countries.

SOURCE: Pattaya Mail

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