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“She begged for her life’: Phuket mother tells of pregnant daughter’s rape ordeal

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PHUKET: The mother of the pregnant woman raped by twin teenage brothers in Phuket last Sunday night has told the Phuket Gazette how the men ignored her daughter’s pleas for mercy.

“She begged them not to do it, but they didn’t listen,” the mother told the Gazette.

“They didn’t only rape and rob her. They choked her very hard as if they wanted to kill her,” she said.

“They only stopped because passing motorists scared them off,” she added.

The victim – a 25-year-old mother already looking after two children and five months pregnant with her third child – was attacked and raped while riding a motorbike along a dark road between Wat Mai Khao and Thepkrasattri Road at about 10:30pm (story here).

Two 17-year-old twin brothers have confessed to the attack (story here).

“It feels like someone has stuck a knife through my heart. How could they do that to her? Anyone can see that she is pregnant,” said the victim’s mother, wiping tears from her face.

“I don’t know what to say, those two men broke my heart.”

Staff at Vachira Phuket Hospital confirm that the victim was discharged yesterday afternoon.

“Her brother picked her up and told us that he would be looking after her until she felt safe enough to live by herself,” a staffer at the One-Stop Crisis Center* said.

“The physical health of the woman and the baby are fine. The mother’s broken leg is recovering well and her mental health is stable.

“She was able to converse with us. She managed a smile and even a laugh. However, we have made appointments for her to come to the center for further checkups. She must have further checkups to make sure she will be able to live a normal life.”

The woman’s mother, however, doubts her daughter will fully recover.

“She will suffer for the rest of her life. I do not know if she is strong enough to live a normal life,” she said, adding that her daughter will be reminded of her ordeal every time she passes the scene of the attack.

“She separated from her husband before she knew she was pregnant with their third child. We have heard nothing from him since he left,” the mother explained.

“She looks after the children by herself. He has never given any support.”

Tah Chat Chai Police Superintendent Somchai Sanprasert told the Gazette that his investigators are waiting for test results to confirm whether or not the two rapists have tested positive for drugs.

“We tested the two suspects for drug use. However, we have yet to receive the urine test results,” he said.

Lt Col Somchai declined to confirm or refute the mother’s claim that the two men attempted to strangle her daughter.

The victim’s mother called on police to arrange for the suspects to apologize for the attack in person.

“It can be at either our house or the police station, but I hope police will bring the suspects to apologize to my daughter and the family,” she said.

“I urge everyone who has children to look after them well, to teach them decency. Do not let them go out and do such things.”

The horrific rape spurred outrage among local villagers, who staged an eight-hour blockade of Phuket’s critical Thepkrasattri Road on Wednesday night.

Central to that protest were allegations that four police officers struck several teenagers who were brought in for questioning over the attack. The four officers were removed from active duty immediately, and the protest disbanded after negotiations brokered by Phuket Governor Maitri Inthusut (story here).

Governor Maitri is expected to meet with village leaders tomorrow.

* The One-Stop Crisis Center (OSCC) at Vachira Phuket Hospital provides physical and mental treatment; legal assistance; and recovery and rehabilitation services to women and children who are victims of any form of violence.

— Kritsada Mueanhawong

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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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