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PHUKET CITY: German Ambassador to Thailand Dr Hanns Schumacher has spoken out in defense of the German teenager currently incarcerated in the Phuket Juvenile Observation and Protection Center on charges of sexually abusing minors.

In an interview with the Gazette, Dr Schumacher said he believed the evidence against the youth justified the investigation, but expressed hope that the court would view his case sympathetically.

“…this youngster was irresponsibly left on the streets of Phuket at a very young age for years without any adult supervision. It is therefore no surprise that he was introduced to criminal company. This is the main reason we hope that at the end of the proceedings, [the youth] will be considered rather a victim and not a perpetrator,” Dr Schumacher said.

For our previous reports on this case, click here and here.

Dr Schumacher said the police have yet to forward the case to the prosecutor’s office and that the investigation is ongoing. A court date for the case has not been set yet, he added.

“We do expect this to be announced in due time. I should draw your attention to the fact that a three-month investigation period in a difficult criminal matter is not unusual – neither in Thailand nor in many other countries in the world,” he said.

The youth does not have access to enough money to post bail and the German embassy is legally prevented from covering such expenses, Dr Schumacher said.

The ambassador said the German mission was doing what it could to help the youth, but stressed that the embassy had to respect Thailand’s legal rules and procedures.

“We are in constant contact with all responsible authorities and have contributed our view to the investigation process. It goes without saying that we are closely monitoring [the youth’s] situation as well as his correct treatment in prison. I visited him personally; Honorary Consul Dirk Naumann is seeing him regularly. We looked after proper legal representation. I believe he has received a lot of help, from us as well as from friends, who care for him,” he explained.

Dr Schumacher said the youth was “well treated” in the Phuket Juvenile Observation and Protection Center.

The youth, who was 17 years old when he was arrested, recently turned 18.

When asked if reaching age 18 would have affected the boy’s legal situation, Dr Schumacher said the embassy had looked into the issue.

“We have the assurance that juvenile law remains applicable to his case. I personally made a very strong point that [the youth] should by no means be transferred to an adult prison. He is okay where he is right now. His legal position has not been affected,” he said.

“We care for him and rather admire the manner in which he is mastering a difficult situation. I am sure this will have an impression on the prosecution and judge, as well,” he concluded.

— Dan Waites



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Police hunting for driver in hit and run – Patong

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Patong Friday, January 18, 2.06am – Police are trying to locate the driver of this hit and run silver sedan in Patong. If you have any information please contact the Tourist Police or Patong Police – 1155 or 191 (Thai)

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PHUKETWARNING: Extreme graphic contentPatong Friday, January 18, 2.06am – Police are trying to locate the driver of this hit and run silver sedan in Patong. If you have any information please contact the Tourist Police or Patong Police – 1155 or 191 (Thai)VIDEO: Newshawk Phuket

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UPDATE: Response to Rabies zone in Chalong

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‘Following the earlier reported rabies incident in Chalong, the Soi Dog Foundation yesterday (Friday, January 18) teamed up with The DLD and Chalong OBT to carry out vaccinations in the area the infected dog was discovered.

Jointly, the team was successful in vaccinating 128 dogs in a swift response to what is hoped to be an isolated case.

Working alongside the Chalong OBT and DLD, they carried out a door-to-door exercise, alerting local residents of the specific area in order to perform precautionary vaccinations of their pets, as well as street dogs in the vicinity.

Soi Dog Foundation, along with the Chalong Public Health Representative and DLD Representative, Dr.Suthat, are keen to urge the public that this is not an outbreak and are hopeful that it is an isolated incident.

However, as a further measure to ensure this remains as such, the team will continue with the rabies vaccination program on Monday, January 21.’

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Police searching for the killer after shooting near Saphan Hin

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A Thai man has been shot dead near Saphan Hin in eastern Phuket earlier today. The arrest warrant has already been issued for the suspect.

The Wichit Police were notified of the incident on Rattanakosin 200 pi Road near Saphan Hin at 3.40am this morning.

Police and rescue workers arrived to find the body of 30 year old Teerasak Saeong from Phuket covered with blood and laying on the road. Two bullet wounds were found on his right and left temple.

Seven bullets were also found around Mr Teerasak’s body. Nearby they found a motorbike. His body was taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital for full autopsy and identification.

Witnesses told police that Mr Teerasak was stopped on his motorbike and was talking with the suspect who was in a black car. The suspect shot at Mr Teerasak and sped away.

Mr Teerasak was the son of a member of Rassada’s Municipal Council. At this stage police believe that the two had personal conflicts. Police are now searching for the driver of the vehicle who shot Mr Teerasak.

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