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Phuket toy boy murder suspect: ‘I acted alone’

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PHUKET CITY: The 21-year-old man suspected of murdering elderly Japanese citizen Yukiho Yamada and burning his body in Phuket continues to insist he acted alone, but police remain skeptical.

Suwit Maengsri told police his 50-year-old lover Tubtim Saehak – Mr Yamada’s wife – was not involved in either the killing or the disposal of the body.

Mr Suwit said he killed 75-year-old Mr Yamada out of anger over Mr Yamada’s treatment of Mrs Tubtim.

Police investigating the crime doubt Mr Suwit’s account of events, however.

They are charging both Mr Suwit and Mrs Tubtim with conspiracy to murder and dispose of a body, among other charges.

Chief among their reasons for doubting Mr Suwit’s story is the testimony of Wichit Mapan, who witnessed the burning of Mr Yamada’s body inside his Honda Civic car.

Mr Wichit claims he heard a voice say, “We can’t go any further, it’s a dead end,” shortly before the car was set alight.

Understood to have ruled out a friend of Mr Wichit’s as the accomplice, police now suspect Mrs Tubtim of being present when the car was torched.

Mr Suwit and Mrs Tubtim are believed to have met in July this year, while Mr Yamada was in Japan.

By the time Mr Yamada returned to Phuket in late October, the two accused were lovers, police said.

Mr Suwit has told police he resolved to kill Mr Yamada after hearing Mrs Tubtim’s stories of her appalling treatment at the hands of her husband.

Mrs Tubtim said the 75-year-old Mr Yamada still had a voracious sexual appetite, needing sex three times a day.

He sometimes ordered her to find him prostitutes; if they did not satisfy him he blamed her and beat her, she has alleged.

Mr Suwit said that about a week before the killing he told Mrs Tubtim of his plan to kill Mr Yamada.

He claimed Mrs Tubtim tried to persuade him not to do it, but he ignored her pleas.

At around midnight on Monday, having already scoped the house earlier in the evening, he sneaked inside.

He found Mr Yamada asleep on the sofa.

He said he grabbed a crowbar from the shoe cupboard and hit Mr Yamada twice in the face, knocking him unconscious.

He used some cloth to bind the old man’s wrists and feet and pulled him onto the floor.

When the victim woke up, Mr Suwit stabbed him in the leg with a knife, before stealing his cell phone and fleeing the scene.

Mrs Tubtim called him on Tuesday to say Mr Yamada was dead, he claimed.

He returned to the house to clean up traces of the killing, covering the body with a blanket but leaving it at the house, he said.

He went to meet Mrs Tubtim, who sold a gold necklace and gave him the proceeds, 30,000 baht, to escape with.

On Wednesday he returned to the house at 3am to dispose of the body.

He hauled Mr Yamada’s corpse onto the passenger seat of the married couple’s Honda Civic, driving it to a quiet lane in Chalong Village 7, he said.

When the car got stuck in mud, he became worried it would be seen by someone, so he set it on fire, fleeing the scene via a nearby rubber plantation.

Mrs Tubtim picked him up at 12pm that day, driving him to the Sarasin Bridge, he said.

His lover tried to persuade him to flee the island but he refused, saying he was worried about what would happen to her, he claimed.

Instead, he persuaded her to drop him off at The Valley housing development in Cherng Talay, Thalang.

He stayed there in hiding until his arrest on Saturday.

— Sitthipong Nongkeaw

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Southern Thailand braces for rough weather and rain

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The Thailand Meteorological Department issued a weather warning for southern Thailand with torrential rain forecast to hit the region throughout the weekend. The heavy monsoon over the Gulf of Thailand and south of the country is being blamed for the rough weather, with the TMD predicting flash flooding in many areas.

(Phuket, Hat Yai and Hua Hin’s forecast below)

“Waves are expected to reach 2 metres in height in the lower Gulf of Thailand and possibly higher at the height of the storm. Ships are advised to proceed with caution.”

For the north and northeast of Thailand, the TMD forecasts strong winds and cooler mornings as the arrival of the “winter” season, coupled with a moderate high-pressure system, causes temperatures to dip.

Hua Hin’s five day forecast

Southern Thailand braces for rough weather and rain | News by The Thaiger

Phuket’s five day forecast

Southern Thailand braces for rough weather and rain | News by The Thaiger

Hat Yai’s five day forecast

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SOURCE: The Nation | weather.com

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Now you see him, now you don’t… Patong Police hunt foreigner over $30k theft

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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

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Mystery surrounds security guard found dead in his Phuket room

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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

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