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PHUKET: Three men were killed in three separate incidents in a night of violence in Phuket.

The first victim was 21-year-old Amnart Niget, of Chumpon, who was fatally shot outside the Summer Hotel in Phatipat Road, Phuket City, at 2am on 12 August.

Two hours later, a restaurant employee was beaten to death by a gang of teenagers, also in Phuket City.

And, at around the same time, a 19-year-old man was shot dead as he grilled barbecue outside a hotel in Patong.

In the first incident, K. Amnart, of Chumpon, was pronounced dead at Wachira Hospital after being shot in a fight. Police later arrested Thiensak Ak Paiboon, 25, close to where the fight had taken place. He admitted shooting K. Amnart, but claimed he had acted in self-defence.

However, a police spokesman quoted witnesses as saying that Thiensak had been driving past the hotel when he saw K. Amnart outside. He got out of the car and approached K. Amnart. An altercation ensued, during which Amnart punched Thiensak and knocked him to the floor. Thiensak then pulled out a 6.35mm handgun and shot K. Amnart.

Police said Thiensak had been a volunteer police officer in Phuket, but had been suspended more than three years ago because of a tendency towards violence.

Police arrested Thiensak and charged him with causing death.

In the second killing, 30-year-old Sanae Nuchumpoo, who worked at Kung Ja night spot, was attacked after calling the police to disperse a gang of unruly teenagers.

Staff told police K. Sanae had been playing draughts outside the Surin Road restaurant when around eight teenagers arrived on motorbikes. The youths shouted loudly and smelled of glue.

K. Sanae called the police, a patrol car arrived, and the teenagers ran away. But after the police left, the teenagers returned, one wielding an iron pipe and another a large wooden club. They beat K. Sanae senseless, then fled. K. Sanae later died at Wachira Hospital.

Pol Col Paween Pongsirin said police know the identities of the teenagers involved.

In Patong, barbecue vendor Suwan Panleua was shot in the head at close range as he worked near the entrance to the Patong Resort Hotel. Police later said K. Suwan, of Nakhon Sri Thammarat, had been killed because of a dispute over a grilled chicken stand.

Witness Chuechart Pinsuntorn told police that two men had arrived on a blue Honda motorbike; they parked the bike about four meters from K. Suwan’s barbecue pushcart and then walked up to him. One man drew a handgun and shot K. Suwan in the head. The two men took a minute to check that their victim was dead, then drove away.

The murder weapon was a home-made handgun firing shotgun cartridges.

Police later found the motorbike at the ‘Champ’ noodle stand, near the entrance to the Safari Elephant Camp. The bike was found to belong to the owner of the noodle stand, 31-year-old Uten Phattanawong, who later admitted that he had hired a drinking partner, Khosin Songklap, to kill K. Suwan.

Pol Maj Sophon Barirak told the Gazette, “Uten said his main reason for killing Suwan was that, three months ago, he was in a dispute with a grilled chicken vendor, Pornchai Na Manee, over territory for his mobile restaurant. They fought each other. Suwan went to help Pornchai and kicked Uten, injuring him.”

Maj Sophon added that Uten was angry and when, in his home town, Nakorn Sri Thammarat, he met 25-year-old Khosin he hired him to kill K. Suwan.

Maj Sophon said Uten and Khosin had both been arrested and charged with causing death.

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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

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Now you see him, now you don’t… Patong Police hunt foreigner over $30k theft

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PHOTO: Patong Police

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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