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Slain Briton’s body identified by family

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PHUKET CITY: The body of slain British sailor Malcolm Robertson was returned to shore late last night after its discovery by a fishing vessel yesterday afternoon.

The recovery of the body ended a week-long search by marine police and navy vessels as well as fishing boats.

For the original reports of how Mr Robertson was killed by three Burmese men, now in custody, click here and here.

Some 100 people, including the victim’s wife and children, were on hand at the Kiatcharoenchai fishing pier in tambon Kampaeng, La-Ngu, yesterday at about 11pm when the fishing vessel Kiatcharoenchai 25 arrived with Mr Robertson’s body.

Mr Robertson’s wife Linda was able to identify the body as that of her husband by a green watch that was still around his wrist.

Among the 100 people on hand when the vessel arrived were Satun Governor Sumate Chailertwanichkul, senior British diplomatic staff and police officials.

Rescue workers from the Trang-based Kusolsatan Foundation were also on hand to transport Mr Robertson’s remains to Prince of Songkla University in Haad Yai, where an autopsy will be conducted.

Forensic experts from the Songkhla-based Police Forensics Region 41 office took DNA samples from Mr Robertson’s daughter and son to confirm the body’s identity, allowing a death certificate to be issued and his remains repatriated to the UK.

The DNA results are also expected to serve as evidence in the state’s case against the three Burmese men.

The trio claimed they only boarded the Robertsons’ sailboat because they were trapped and starving on the remote Koh Dong island, some 75 kilometers from the mainland.

Capt Suppaluk of the La-Ngu Police today told the Gazette that all three men will be charged with theft, assault and murder.

The condition of the victim’s head was consistent with him having been murdered by blows to the head with a hammer, and not neck slashing, he said.

One of the three men, the 18-year-old, has already confessed to killing Mr Robertson, but it will be up to the courts to decide whether the other two will also be found guilty of murder, he said.

Police are still unsure if Mrs Robertson, who is expected to return to the UK soon, will need to return to Thailand to testify against the three men.

She is still in a hotel in the La-Ngu area and receiving assistance from the British Consul, he added.

— By Surasak Saleemeen & Gazette staff



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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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Danish tourist dies in Phuket road accident

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A male Danish tourist, driving a motorbike, has died after colliding with a truck in front of a market in Kathu.

The Kathu Police were notified of the incident on Phra Phuket Keaw Road in front of the new outdoor Vintage Market in Kathu at 3am yesterday morning.

Police and Kusoldharm rescue workers arrived at the U-turn to find the truck and driver waiting. The driver of the truck was 36 year old Sontaya Suchata waiting in the middle of the U-turn area.

Nearby they found a damaged Honda PCX and 51 year old Claus Pathuel Jensen, a Danish national from Glostrup. He was found unconscious under the truck. He was rushed to Vachira Phuket Hospital but was pronounced dead upon arrival.

Police report that the truck was going to take a U-turn outside the market area. The truck driver says he was unaware that Mr Jensen was coming from behind in the right lane. The motorbike was unable to avoid the collision with the truck and Mr Jensen PCX ploughed into the rear of the vehicle.

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Australian woman deported for overstaying visa by over 100 days

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PHOTOS: Facebook/Claire Johnson

An Australian woman, who was caught overstaying her visa by 111 days, will be released from detention and deported by Thai authorities tonight.

She came to the media’s attention on Monday after sending urgent messages to a friend saying that she was being taken to a detention centre and that “they are taking my phone”.

46 year old Claire Amelia Johnson is an Australian Gold Coast resident. She will depart Bangkok on a QANTAS flight scheduled to arrive in Sydney tomorrow (Friday) morning.

She was due to return to Australia more than a week ago but on Monday evening sent messages to her friend Juliet Potter and told her that she was in an immigration detention centre in Bangkok and begged her to please “help me”.

Read The Thaiger story about her desperate pleas HERE.

Ms Johnson had been running a medical tourism business called Cosmetic Holidays International that offered cosmetic packages in Phuket”.

The business was voluntarily deregistered with the Australian Securities Commission in May 2017, after five years of operation, but her social media accounts continued to promote her cosmetic-surgery tourism business.

Thailand’s immigration chief, Surachate Hakparn, told Australia’s Fairfax media that Ms Johnson had been arrested, as well as fined, and would be deported after overstaying her tourist visa by more than 100 days.

“My Immigration Department will send her to Australia. She leaves tonight.”

Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade would say only that it was “providing consular assistance to an Australian woman detained in Thailand”, without naming Claire.

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