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PHUKET TOWN: Phuket Provincial Prison plans to set up a closed-circuit TV system between the prison and the Phuket Provincial Court Office – if the public will help to come up with the 120,000-baht estimated cost of the project. Phairoj Phankaew, Governor of the prison, told the Gazette that jails in other provinces such as Surat Thani, Chiang Mai already have such a system. “This would be a very good thing to have because it would help to reduce the load on prison officers and make the prisoners happier, too,” K. Pairoj explained. At present, on any particular day, prison officers have to round up dozens of prisoners who are due for appearances in court. Most of these appearances are very brief, covering simple matters such as applications by the police for an extension of the prisoner’s incarceration while investigations continue. Simple matter or not, each prisoner has to be body-searched and then put in handcuffs and, in some cases, leg-irons, before being taken to court. “It is department policy to chain prisoners, but this is often depressing for them. In addition, there are a lot of them; the largest number of prisoners we had to take to court in one day was 112. We don’t have enough officers to manage this, so there is a risk of prisoners escaping,” K Pairoj added. The plan is have a TV and camera in the court and another TV and camera in the prison, so that small matters may be handled “face to face” without the prisoner having to go to court. The catch is that the Phuket Provincial Prison does not have the budget for the equipment, hence the appeal to the public. Those wishing to donate should call the prison at 076- 212104 during government working hours and ask for K. Pairoj. The Phuket Provincial Prison is chronically overcrowded. Originally designed to hold a maximum of 800 people, it is currently bulging at the seams with 1,276 people, most of whom are locked up for drug-related offences or for being in the country illegally.



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Indian tourist rescued from a near-drowning at Patong Beach

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PHOTOS: Patong Surf Life Saving

An Indian tourist has been rescued from drowning after getting into difficulty while swimming at Patong beach yesterday.

Patong Surf Life Saving report that around 1.30pm at Patong Beach an Indian tourist was spotted in the water, choking and fighting to stay afloat.

Lifeguards dived in and brought him back to the beach. He was not breathing and his heart has stopped beating by the time they got him back to shore. Lifeguards urgently applied CPR.

Mr Jhamnani’s heart started to beat again and he became conscious. He was taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital where he is now recovering.

Well done to the team at Patong Surf Lifesaving. I think you can expect a visit from a grateful Indian tourist in a few days.

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Polish man charged after threatening people with a gun in Patong

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A Polish man has been charged with carrying a gun in public in Patong, Phuket.

Patong Police report that at 6.20pm last night (Tuesday) they were notified that a man was using a gun to threaten others at a hotel on Pisit Koranee Road in Patong.

Police headed to the hotel to find the Polish man. He denied any knowledge about the gun. Then Police questioned his Thai wife. She took police to a room where she gave the gun to police.

The Polish man has now been charged with illegal possession of gun and carrying it in public without a permit.

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Phuket kratom-cooker robs pharmacies – VIDEO

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Phuket police yesterday have arrested a thief while he was cooking up a batch of kratom. He had earlier robbed pharmacies in Chalong, Phuket.

Chief Investigator of the Phuket Provincial Police Col Prawit Engchuan says, “Yesterday we have arrested 25 year old Rattaphon Pales at a house in Chalong. Police seized 0.45 litres of liquid kratom.”

“On Monday night Chalong Police were notified that a man had robbed a pharmacy in Chalong (video below) with a knife. He stole 30,000 baht cash and sped away on that occasion.”

“We have continued the investigation and arrested a suspect while he was cooking liquid kratom at his home.”

“He had robbed the same pharmacy last week and another pharmacy in Vichit. In total he has stolen about 50,000 baht in cash.”

“He was taken to Chalong Police Station where he was charged with illegal possession of Category 5 Drugs and theft.”

PHUKETPhuket police have arrested a thief while he was cooking kratom after robbing pharmacies in Phuket.

Posted by The Thaiger on Tuesday, March 19, 2019

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