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PHUKET: A British backpacker is recovering in Bangkok Hospital Phuket tonight after being stabbed at a beach party on Phi Phi Island.

Nicholas Palmer, 22, was rushed to Phuket by speedboat at about 1am today after he was stabbed twice in the middle of a crowded party at Ton Sai Bay.

Mr Palmer, from Worcestershire in England, underwent an operation this afternoon to repair a three-centimeter gash to his liver.

“I am not really sure what happened. I was walking back to my friends in the middle of the crowd when it happened,” he said.

“I don’t understand it. I haven’t had an argument with anyone and I have no idea why he would do that in the middle of so many people,” he said.

“I think he went to steal my wallet, but when I realized what he was doing I think that’s when it happened,” he added.

Mr Palmer’s friend, Richard Gregory, 23, told the Phuket Gazette that he had been informed that the police have arrested the suspect.

When speaking to the Gazette this afternoon, however, Mr Palmer had yet to give his statement to police.

“The doctor told me that I need to stay in the hospital about seven days,” Mr Palmer said.

Phi Phi Police chief Kunakorn Pingsakul told the Gazette the suspect was Hamed Poonyung, 23, from Satun province.

He was working as a hotel staffer.

“He was arrested two hours after Nicholas was stabbed,” Lt Col Kunakorn said.

“It was not about robbery as we have already checked the CCTV footage. Both Hamed and Nicholas were drunk and had a bit of a fight before [Nicholas] was stabbed.

“Hamed has been charged with attempted murder. What he has done is not good as it affects our tourism image,” he added.

Hamed is being held in custody on Phi Phi Island.

“Tomorrow, we will present him to Krabi Provincial Court in the morning, then our investigating officers will go to Phuket to question Nicholas,” Lt Col Kunakorn said.

Despite the incident, Mr Palmer and Mr Gregory, who graduated in the UK just last year, remain undaunted about continuing their travel plans.

“Four of us came to Thailand on October 11 and we arrived on Phi Phi two days ago. It was our first time on Phi Phi,” explained Mr Gregory.

“We planned to go to Laos, then on the 24th we were to go to Australia. We have a work visa and want to travel there.

“We will wait for Nick to get better, then he will come with us. I think he will be all right. Because we think that going back home is boring,” he added.

Mr Palmer confirmed that his family had been informed of the incident.

“My mother was cheering me up to get better,” he smiled.

— Atchaa Khamlo



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Slow loris released back into Phuket forest

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PHOTOS: Department of National Parks

Officers from of the Khao Phra Thaeo Non-Hunting Area have helped in the release of a slow loris back into the wild yesterday.

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation reports that the head of Khao Phra Thaeo Non-Hunting Area, Pongchart Chueahom, yesterday released the slow loris to the Khao Phra Thaeo Non-Hunting Are in Thalang.

The slow loris was found near a furniture factory in Thalang last week. It was being treated at a pet hospital before being handed over to Khun Pongchart when it was ready to be set free.

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Seastead structure dragged back to shore by Royal Thai Navy

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A floating seastead has today been towed by a naval vessel back to the Port of Phuket in Cape Panwa. Meanwhile the Deputy PM Wissanu Krea-ngam is challenging the owners and builders of the structure to take the Thai Government and Navy to the International Court of Justice.

The Royal Thai Navy’s Third Fleet ventured out with a group of reporters on Saturday to inspect the floating seastead, the first of about 20 planned Ocean Builders for the open waters about 22km from Phuket’s Koh Racha Yai.

Nothing valuable was found on board the octagon-shaped steel and aluminium structure which was attached to a floating platform.

Two vessels were used in today’s operation. The living quarters were detached and placed on the first vessel and the second towed the floating platform to the shore for safe keeping pending legal action against its owner as well as the builder, Ocean Builders Company.

Dr. Wissanu said yesterday that Thai authorities were authorised to remove or dismantle the floating housing unit with or without the consent of its owner after finding the structure could pose a threat to Thai national security and sovereignty in accordance with Article 119 of the Criminal Code.

He said that the structure also posed an obstacle to vessels and was located not far from an oil rig.

Regarding the threat by Ocean Builders Company to sue the Thai government in the International Court of Justice for the removal, the deputy PM says he welcomes the move, noting that no government anywhere would allow a seastead settlement near their maritime territory.

Seasteader Chad Andrew Edwartowski and his Thai wife, Mrs. Nadia Summergirl, are wanted by the Thai police for questioning after Thai immigration revoked the American’s non-immigrant visa and blacklisted him.

SOURCE: Thai PBS

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Phuket taxi slams into tree in Phattalung

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PHOTOS: Phattalung Rescue

Two people have sustained serious injuries after a Phuket taxi slammed into a tree in Phattalung last night.

Phattalung rescue workers were notified of the accident in Mueang Pattalung District at 7.57pm last night (Sunday).

They arrived at the scene to find the Phuket registered taxi resting in front of the big tree on the side of the road near a temple. The front of the vehicle had extensive damage following the collision.

The two people who sustained serious injuries were 58 year old Wanchai Srithong and 64 year old Jamras Srithong. They were both taken to the Phattalung Hospital.

Pattalung City Police are continuing their investigation. There has been no explanation given at this stage as to why a Phuket taxi was in Phattalung.

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