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Three murder victims wash up

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PHUKET: Police recovered the bodies of three men last week, the victims of apparently unrelated murders and all assumed to have been Burmese laborers.

The first body was discovered at about 7 am on July 29 at the port area in Rassada. The victim, dressed in a blue shirt and blue Chinese-style trousers, had a large stab wound to the head. Police estimated he died at least two days earlier.

No additional evidence was recovered to help establish the identity of the victim, whose remains were being held in the Vachira Phuket Hospital morgue more than a week later.

Phuket City Police Inspector Lt Col Sarit Buthnongsang yesterday told the Gazette that police were still trying to establish the man’s identity so that relatives could be contacted to collect the body.

“We have people coming to view the body every day, but thus far none have identified themselves as relatives. We assume him to be a Burmese crew member of a fishing boat whose body was tossed into the sea,” Col Sarit said.

The second body was discovered about 9:30 am on July 31, according to a report in local Thai-language newspaper Siang Tai.

The victim was found with seven stab wounds to his back lying face-down in a mangrove forest near the “monkey viewpoint”on the road to Koh Sireh.

A man collecting crabs in the area found the body. He told police he had seen the man about 1:15 am the night before being attacked by a group of about seven people who were drinking in the area, but that he was too afraid to answer his calls for help, the report said.

The same newspaper also reported a third body washed up in the late afternoon of August 1 on the beach at Cape Panwa, a few kilometers south of the Deep Sea Port in Tambon Wichit Village 8.

The report quoted police as saying the body was that of a man aged 25 to 30 with an eight-inch knife still stuck in his neck.

The victim also had a deep knife wound in his left side of his abdomen through which his intestines had protruded. Wearing only a brown T-shirt, the victim had a tattoo of a female manohra dancer on his right arm. His remains were sent to Vachira Phuket Hospital. Police estimated the time of death as two days before the discovery of the body, the report read.

The Gazette has not yet been able to independently confirm the Siang Tai reports.



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Slow loris released back into Phuket forest

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PHOTOS: Department of National Parks

Officers from of the Khao Phra Thaeo Non-Hunting Area have helped in the release of a slow loris back into the wild yesterday.

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation reports that the head of Khao Phra Thaeo Non-Hunting Area, Pongchart Chueahom, yesterday released the slow loris to the Khao Phra Thaeo Non-Hunting Are in Thalang.

The slow loris was found near a furniture factory in Thalang last week. It was being treated at a pet hospital before being handed over to Khun Pongchart when it was ready to be set free.

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Seastead structure dragged back to shore by Royal Thai Navy

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A floating seastead has today been towed by a naval vessel back to the Port of Phuket in Cape Panwa. Meanwhile the Deputy PM Wissanu Krea-ngam is challenging the owners and builders of the structure to take the Thai Government and Navy to the International Court of Justice.

The Royal Thai Navy’s Third Fleet ventured out with a group of reporters on Saturday to inspect the floating seastead, the first of about 20 planned Ocean Builders for the open waters about 22km from Phuket’s Koh Racha Yai.

Nothing valuable was found on board the octagon-shaped steel and aluminium structure which was attached to a floating platform.

Two vessels were used in today’s operation. The living quarters were detached and placed on the first vessel and the second towed the floating platform to the shore for safe keeping pending legal action against its owner as well as the builder, Ocean Builders Company.

Dr. Wissanu said yesterday that Thai authorities were authorised to remove or dismantle the floating housing unit with or without the consent of its owner after finding the structure could pose a threat to Thai national security and sovereignty in accordance with Article 119 of the Criminal Code.

He said that the structure also posed an obstacle to vessels and was located not far from an oil rig.

Regarding the threat by Ocean Builders Company to sue the Thai government in the International Court of Justice for the removal, the deputy PM says he welcomes the move, noting that no government anywhere would allow a seastead settlement near their maritime territory.

Seasteader Chad Andrew Edwartowski and his Thai wife, Mrs. Nadia Summergirl, are wanted by the Thai police for questioning after Thai immigration revoked the American’s non-immigrant visa and blacklisted him.

SOURCE: Thai PBS

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Phuket taxi slams into tree in Phattalung

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PHOTOS: Phattalung Rescue

Two people have sustained serious injuries after a Phuket taxi slammed into a tree in Phattalung last night.

Phattalung rescue workers were notified of the accident in Mueang Pattalung District at 7.57pm last night (Sunday).

They arrived at the scene to find the Phuket registered taxi resting in front of the big tree on the side of the road near a temple. The front of the vehicle had extensive damage following the collision.

The two people who sustained serious injuries were 58 year old Wanchai Srithong and 64 year old Jamras Srithong. They were both taken to the Phattalung Hospital.

Pattalung City Police are continuing their investigation. There has been no explanation given at this stage as to why a Phuket taxi was in Phattalung.

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