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Taxi Driver Testifies In Murder Trial PHUKET TOWN: A taxi driver testified in court today that he picked up murder suspect Kraisorn Kamnoun and another Thai male on the Patong-Karon Road one evening last December. Suwit Hemlek, a 34-year-old tuk tuk driver, was the first of two witnesses to testify this morning before Phuket Provincial Court Judge Amornpoj Kulwijit in the ongoing trial of two suspects charged in connection with the murder of British publican Roger Jennings. The witness told the court that his taxi was flagged down along the roadside by two men around 7 p.m. one night last December as he was returning to Patong after dropping off a fare at Le Meridien Phuket resort. He could not recall the exact date, he said. Jennings, 56, was found stabbed to death on December 15, 1997 in his home at Patong Hill Estate, a residential development located between Le Meridien Phuket and Patong. Suwit said he took the two men to the Phuket Merlin Hotel in Phuket Town where they requested that he wait with them for an individual who would pay their taxi fare. When asked by prosecutor Visit Larpniyom if he could identify for the court either of the two men in his taxi, he answered in the affirmative and pointed to Kraisorn. When the individual who was to have paid the taxi fare failed to show up after a two-hour wait, the cabbie said he was instructed to drive the pair to a gold shop where they would pawn a necklace. The search for a shop that remained open that late led them to the Patong Gold Shop in Patong Beach. After waiting outside the shop, Suwit said he was paid a 700 baht fare, whereupon he agreed to drive the men to the Phuket bus terminal on Phang Nga Road in Phuket Town. Suwit said he went to police a few days later after coming upon a photo of Kraisorn and the other passenger in a Siang Tai newspaper report on the murder. Under questioning by Parinya Siemharn, defense attorney for Jennings’ common law wife Nongnut Tungkaburi, who is standing trial with Kraisorn, the taxi driver said Kraisorn sat in the back of the tuk tuk and that a younger man sat up front during the journey. The second witness to testify this morning was Thawatchai Chotwattanakorn, owner of the Patong Gold shop, who told the court a man arrived at around 10 p.m. on December 15, 1997 to pawn a gold necklace for 2,000 baht. He said the man returned the following morning and negotiated sale of the chain to the shop for 4,400 baht. Thawatchai was not asked whether or not the man was present in court this morning. A 17-year-old male has also been charged in connection with the murder and is being tried separately in Phuket Provincial Juvenile and Family Court. The trial is scheduled to resume on November 23.



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Motorbike driver smashes through glass window after accelerator malfunctions

Kritsada Mueanhawong

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A female motorbike driver has sustained injuries after her motorbike’s hand grip malfunctioned and she collided with a glass wall.

Chalong Police were notified of the incident at an air conditioning shop at 6pm yesterday on Chao Fa West Road in Chalong.

Police and emergency responders arrived and found the shattered glass wall and a damaged motorbike.

The injured 40 year old Naowarat Jankarn had already been taken to Chalong Hospital. She sustained injuries from cuts from the broken glass. polls of blood were found on the floor.

Ms Naowarat told police that she had parked her motorbike in front of the shop since Wednesday . The motorbike was underivable because the hand grip accelerator was malfunctioning.

Yesterday she started the motorbike, claiming she had forgotten about the broken accelerator.

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Police hunting for driver who threatened others with a gun on Phuket road – VIDEO

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PHOTO: Tiw Tiw

The Thalang Police are hunting for the driver who was threatening other motorists on Thepkrasattri Road by waving a gun around out of the driver’s window of his red sedan in Thalang this morning.

A Facebook user ‘Tiw Tiw’ has posted the video with a message reading “where are the police, please follow him. The incident happened this morning in Thalang.”

The video shows a car switching from one lane to another.  The driver shows a gun in his car window and then appears to throw it out (at least he used his indicator).

The Thalang Police are investigating the incident and want to find the car driver for questioning.

 

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Phuket’s hotel and property players look north

Bill Barnett

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by Bill Barnett of c9hotelworks.com

One of Greater Phuket’s real estate and hotel market’s that has a decided buzz of late is the area north of Phuket over the Sarasin bridge in Phang Nga.

In Natai Beach, the entry of the Baba Beach Club and nearby Akyra has created renewed visibility for the broad West Coast stretch of white sand beach, extending north beyond Phuket.

Two upscale hotels are in the development phase in the vicinity, with one being flagged to an international hotel operator.

Up at the 1,000 plus rai Thai Muang mega-project, movement is once again underway, as is a nearby massive Japanese-led mixed-use project including a golf course.

Land values are currently running amuck in the Koh Kloi area where the AOT (Airports of Thailand) has reportedly acquired land for an upcoming Phang Nga airport which will provide Phuket with a second gateway alternative.

Premium land transactions are taking place, with the most notable being the recent trade of the former oceanfront site in Bodan that was to be at various stages first a Raffles and later a Ritz-Carlton Reserve.

Looking at Phuket’s light-rail initiative, one knock-on effect will be the eventual linkage between the island and larger connection to a broader rail terminus in Koh Kloi. This will likely spur real estate speculators to acquire peripheral locations.

As Phang Nga’s West Coast four land highway expansion moves forward to Khao Lak and beyond, Phuket’s Northern neighbor is seeing a renewed push in its tourism, property and infrastructure.

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