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Singaporean recovers in Phuket after crash kills friend

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Singaporean recovers in Phuket after crash kills friend | The Thaiger

PHUKET: Singaporean Anthony Chaw Tat Soon, 39, is recovering at Phuket International Hospital with three broken limbs – a lucky escape from a head-on crash in Phang Nga last Thursday that killed fellow rider and friend Charlene Jade Tay, 31.

A hospital staffer today told the Phuket Gazette that Mr Chaw was rushed from Phang Nga Hospital to Phuket on Friday.

After operations to correct both of his broken arms and his broken right leg, Mr Chaw was moved to the intensive care unit, but has since been released and is now in a general recovery room, she said.

“He is still experiencing pain from his injuries, and now on pain-relief medication, but he is fully conscious and he can lift both of his arms even though they are in casts and support slings.

“He cannot walk yet, so his doctor has yet to set a date when he can be discharged from hospital,” she added.

Ms Tay and Mr Chaw were traveling with five other riders to Ratchaprapa Dam in Khao Sok National Park, in Surat Thani.

The accident occurred while Terdsak Ngamprasert, 43, was overtaking a pickup truck near the entrance to Khao Sok National Park on Route 401, the Phang Nga – Surat Thani Road, said Kapong Police Duty Officer Chaipot Laoprathumwirote.

Ms Tay, who he named as Charlene Weei Tayshuan, died instantly in the crash, he said.

“Mr Terdsak had crossed over to the oncoming lane while overtaking the pickup. His Nissan Neo collided with Ms Tayshuan’s BMW motorbike. She was leading the group of riders.

“The car also collided with Mr Chaw, who was riding behind her on his BMW motorbike,” said Lt Col Chaipot.

“The rest of the riders managed to avoid colliding with the car,” he said.

The Kapong police officer who received the report over the radio told the Gazette that the accident happened near a small bridge, while a Narinthorn emergency rescue worker based at Phang Nga Hospital said the accident occurred at about 1pm.

“Ms Tayshuan suffered fatal head injuries. Her body is now at Kapong Hospital. Embassy representatives will claim her body tomorrow on behalf of her relatives,” Lt Col Chaipot said this afternoon.

He explained that the group of riders entered Thailand on October 26.

“They stayed in Trang for one night [last Wednesday], before heading to Rachaprapa Dam. They planned to return to Singapore today,” he said.

“Mr Terdsak did not flee the scene. He was charged with reckless driving causing death and reckless driving causing damage to property,” said Lt Col Chaipot.

“He was held at the police station overnight and presented to Takuapa Court on Friday. He has since been released on bail from the court,” he said.

Mr Terdsak was staying with relatives in Takuapa. He had returned home to escape the floods in Bangkok, he added.

Lt Col Chaipot added that he doubted all reports from witnesses claiming that no vehicles involved in the accident were speeding.

“All of them said they were not driving fast, but looking at the evidence it is difficult to believe them. The car and the motorbikes suffered extensive damage from the impact,” he said.

— Atchaa Khamlo

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Democrats toppled in Phuket

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Democrats toppled in Phuket | The Thaiger

PHOTO: Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva resigned the leadership position last night amid dismal polls around the country

The Democrat Party in Phuket, once a reliable strong-hold of Democrat votes, has yielded its customary monopoly, ceding two House seats to the junta-aligned Phalang Pracharat Party.

The unofficial tally, as of late last night, gave Phalang Pracharat’s Sutha Prateep na Thalang the victory in Constituency 1 with 32,338 votes.

He beat Democrat Rewat Areerob, who got 25,198 votes.

The voter turnout was 70.80 per cent.

In Constituency 2, Natthee Thinsakhu of Phalang Pracharat beat Democrat Chaiyos Panyawai, 26,787 votes to 23,492.

Voter turnout was 72.57 per cent.

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Guyanese arrested over ‘magic’ bank note scam in Phuket

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Guyanese arrested over ‘magic’ bank note scam in Phuket | The Thaiger

PHOTOS: Surachete Hakparn

A Guyanese man has been arrested in Phuket after the owner of a local language school reported a money scammer with an unusual scam.

The Immigration Bureau Chief Lt Gen Surachate Hakparn reports that they have arrested the Guyanese man named Abdul Kalam Azad Sattaur at a mansion in Phuket Town last Friday.

The arrest follows a Thai woman, the owner of a language school in Phuket, filing a report to the Thalang Police that a suspect used a fake Facebook and LINE account and claimed that he was an American man who had worked in Syria.

He told the woman that he will send a security box which contained blank papers and a special liquid that would turn the blank paper into bank notes when she added the special liquid.

He claimed that the total money was 650,000 US dollar, about 20 million baht.

He said that the woman had to pay him an amount before he would send the security box. The victim had transferred money to the man’s bank account 10 times, a total of about 9 million baht.

Beware of magic bank notes!

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Russian ‘mafia’ suspect arrested in Phuket

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Russian ‘mafia’ suspect arrested in Phuket | The Thaiger

PHOTO: Siam Rath/Thai Immigration

A male Russian ‘mafia’ identity has been arrested in Chalong, wanted over a number of alleged offenses in his home country.

Lt Gen Surachate Hakparn says, “Officers have arrested a Russian man named Igor Tretiakov (spelt as ‘Ior’ on the Immigration poster), at an apartment in Chalong last Friday.”

“We were notified from the Russian Embassy about the man wanted over a number of ‘mafia’ style offenses in Russian. He was living in Thailand using a tourist visa.”

“He has threatened and extorted many people in Russian and then fled to Thailand. His visa will be revoked and he will be deported back to Russia to face charges.”

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