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Three witnesses testify in Jennings murder trial

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PHUKET: Three witnesses appeared on the stand this morning in the trial of Nongnut Tungkaburi and Kraisorn Kamnoun for their alleged involvement in the December 15, 1997 murder of Roger Jennings, Nongnut’s common-law husband. The first witness, Weeranat Kammanochart, 22, a cashier at the Alice Bar, owned by Jennings and Nongnut, testified that Mr Jennings and Nongnut were nice people. He said they sometimes had fights, but that these didn’t appear serious. He also testified that on the day of the murder, Wattana, a relative of Nongnut, took 4,000 baht from the bar at Nongnut’s request. Wattana, however, didn’t tell him what the money was for. When asked by the defense if Nongnut had previously asked Wattana to pick up money, Khun Weeranat answered, “Yes, sometimes, but not very often.” He also testified that there had previously been two robberies at the Patong Hill Estate where Mr Jennings and Nongnut lived, and where Mr Jennings was found dead. In response to additional questions from the defense, he said he believed that Nongnut was responsible for the murder. The second witness of the morning was Peter John Davey, 47, an Englishman living in Patong. He testified he had known Jennings for two or three years before the murder. He also said he knew Jennings was living with a woman named Nongnut, but that he wasn’t sure whether or not they were married. Mr Davey then testified that he frequented the Alice Bar five or six times a week. He said that the last time he met Mr Jennings at the bar was on December 14, 1997, at around 10:30 pm. The next day, he said, when he and his wife went to the Islander Restaurant for dinner, he didn’t see Mr Jennings, even though Mr Jennings normally went to the restaurant to eat. When Mr Davey left The Islander, he went to the Alice Bar at about 8 pm, but again did not see his friend. When the staff at the Alice Bar told him they hadn’t seen their boss either, he called Mr Jennings’ home at Patong Hill Estate, but there was no answer. At around 9 pm, Mr Davey testified, Nongnut entered the bar and came over to talk with him. He said that he found this surprising as she had never talked with him at the bar before. When he asked Nongnut where Mr Jennings was, she said that maybe he had gone to the dentist. He said he found this puzzling, as dentists in Patong were closed by 8 pm. At 10:10 pm, a maid from Patong Hill Estate ran into the bar and shouted “Papa dead! Papa dead!” causing an uproar in the bar. After helping Nongnut – who had collapsed on the floor – he asked Weeranat to close the bar. He then went to Patong Hill Estate where he found the dead body of Mr Jennings. He said that he never talked with Mr Jennings about any problems with Nongnut and that he had never seen them fight. He did say, however, that Mr Jennings had once told him that Nongnut spent a lot of money gambling, and on the lottery. When asked by defense lawyers if he thought Nongnut murdered Mr Jennings, he said that he did, because of all of the evidence against her and because of her strange behavior on the night of the murder. The third witness, Jongjitr Tonchaiyapoom, 19, formerly a gardener at the Patong Hill Estate, testified that she and her husband Santi lived in the gardener’s house approximately 100 meters from Mr Jennings’ home. At around 5 pm on the night of the murder, Nongnut took Jongjitr, Santi, two relatives and two house dogs to dinner in Patong Beach. Khun Santi said this was the first time Nongnut had taken her to a restaurant and that she had never seen the dogs taken out of the house before. When the party returned to Patong Hill Estate at 10:30 pm, Da, one of the relatives who had gone to dinner with them, walked to Mr Jennings’ house. A couple of minutes later she began screaming, “Papa dead! Papa dead!” The group then went to the Alice Bar to break the news to Nongnut. When asked whether she believed Nongnut was responsible for Jennings’ death, Khun Jongjitr replied in the affirmatve. Further testimony will now be collected by courts in Bangkok, Buriram and Chiang Rai, as some of the witnesses have moved to those places since the murder. When the out-of-province testimony is complete, the trial will resume in Phuket. No date has yet been set.



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Alleged Greek murderer of Phuket beautician remains at large

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PHOTO: Dimitrios ‘Dim’ Chairopoulo, wanted and believed to be living in Greece

Local Phuket police are yet be informed of the latest in an international hunt for a Greek alleged murderer Dimitrios Chairopoulos. He remains wanted as a suspect in the murder of local beautician 43 year old Niramon ‘Bea’ Aewkaew in Phuket during February.

Cherng Talay police say they want an Interpol Red Notice issued so that they can track down and arrest 42 year old Dimitrios ‘Dim’ Chairopoulos, wanted for the murder. Bea and Dim were seen leaving their accommodation on February 11. It was the last time Bea would be seen alive.

Mr Chairopoulos was recorded as clearing Immigration at Phuket International Airport to board a flight to Dubai in the hours after Ms Niramon was last seen alive. He boarded an Emirates flight EK0379 to Dubai, departing Phuket at 2am. Police also confirmed that he arrived in Dubai on the same day.

“If he comes back to Thailand he will be arrested,” said Chief Col Sen Kwannimit of the Cherng Talay Police.

A request for a Red Notice was submitted with the Foreign Affairs Division of the Royal Thai Police on February 19 but, for now, no formal international’s notice has been published..

Cherng Talay Police confirmed that Dim was seen leaving the room at a guesthouse in Bang Tao where Ms Niramon’s body was found on Saturday, February 16.

In the days leading up to her murder her family had been desperately trying to contact her.

‘Bea’ was the eldest of 5 children from Phatthalung province and had been working in Phuket as a beautician at the time.

One of her sisters, May’ was contacted on February 15 by one of Bea’s workmates trying to locate her.

Neither May or Bea’s other sisters, relatives or friends were able to contact her. Bea had just moved to a new house so nobody knew where she was living. Another sister, Pichy, spoke to friends and was able, using Google Maps, to locate the guesthouse she was staying.

The owner of the room told the family that the air-conditioning was on in the room but there was no response. When the owner returned with a key he informed the family that Bea was found on the bed with a black cloth stuffed in her mouth and her hands and feet bound.

CCTV footage shows the couple leaving the room in the afternoon of February 11, the last time that Bea was seen alive.

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Dimitrios ‘Dim’ Chairopoulos with his daughter from another relationship

What we know about the alleged murderer?

Dimitrios ‘Dim’ Chairopoulos, who remains at large and thought to be in Greece, worked as security in a night club in Athens. He already had a daughter to another woman in Greece.

During his relationship and marriage with Bea he was said to be ‘controlling’ and ‘jealous’ by members of Bea’s family. A close family friend told The Thaiger that the family had concerns for Bea’s safety and were ‘uncomfortable’ with her ongoing relationship and marriage with Dim.

“We tried to get to know him at family functions but he was not easy to know and seemed very possessive of Bea,” said one of the close family members who asked not to be named.

“He did threaten to kill her if she ever left him and Oh, another of her sisters, went with Bea to file a report of the threats at the Cherng Talay police station at the time,” they explained.

That report was made to police in 2016. A year later the pair married and were still married at the time of the murder.

“He would drive past the beauty shops that Bea worked at and spy on her.”

The family claim that, apart from his own possessions, he also stole Bea’s phone before he headed to the Phuket International Airport on the evening of the murder.

So where is Dimitrios Chairopoulo?

At this stage the Greek Embassy has made no comment about the case or followed up with Greek Police about the pursuit for the fugitive man.

There are currently approximately 58,000 valid Red Notices worldwide of which only 7,000 are public. An Interpol Red Notice has not been issued to alert international police or Immigration officials to be on the look-out for Dim.

For now, the alleged murderer of Bea – an innocent Phuket beautician, beloved sister and family member – remains at large, most probably in Greece.

If anyone has any information about Dimitrios ‘Dim’ Chairopoulo’s whereabouts or information that may lead police to arrest him, please send a confidential message to The Thaiger.

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Hermès opens its first store in Phuket at Central Floresta

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Hermès has opened of its first store in Phuket at Central Floresta, the newly opened lifestyle shopping destination in the heart of the island, opposite Central Festival.

As Hermès’ first venture outside the Thai capital, the new Hermès Phuket store makes a significant statement of expansion and confidence in the market. The new address in this world-renowned island will allow the growing population of local residents, along with domestic and international tourists, to discover the abundant variety of Hermès métiers and savoir-faire.

Designed by the Parisian architecture agency RDAI, the elegant 172 m² retail space is located by the shopping centre’s main entrance and benefits from a double exposure with an exterior and an interior façade.

A bamboo claustra follows the line of the mall’s exterior glass, filtering the daylight that bathes the indoor space, and further illustrates Hermès’ high regard for local craftsmanship. The interior façade is composed of a refined lacquered metal, featuring a large window display, complemented by four recesses with illuminated silk scarves.

Upon entering the store, visitors are welcomed by the House’s ex-libris and signature Grecques lights, designed for Hermès in 1925. The store is decorated with natural and local materials – bamboo floors and claustra, cognac toned Cherrywood walls, toffee coloured silk and fibre fabrics – tastefully blending various elements of Thai culture and modern architecture. The soft colour palette evokes the sand and the sun in their various shades, providing a delightfully serene and convivial atmosphere.

The overall volume is divided into two main areas by the feminine silk grid facing the entrance. The first one, with the iconic Faubourg pattern mosaic floor, allows guests to explore the silk, fashion jewellery, fragrance, art of living, and equestrian departments.

Opposite the leather goods display, an intimate space invites guests to uncover the watch and jewellery collections. Further along, one can discover the women and men’s universes. A sand coloured carpet on the floor outlines the area dedicated to the shoe collections, enriched by a delicate custom-made bamboo light module as the ceiling centrepiece.

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Red car ‘gun flasher’ arrested in Phuket

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Phuket police have arrested and are questioning the driver of a red sedan following Friday’s incident on Thepkasattri Road in Srisoonthorn where he appeared to wave a gun out of his driver’s window (video in the link below).

Manop Sangpal was tracked down by police but they’ve confirmed that Mr Manop’s ‘gun’ was just a BB gun, not a firearm.

The video of the man driving the red sedan and waving the ‘gun’ out of the driver’s window spread around social media on Friday afternoon after a driver following recorded the incident and posted it.

Read the story and see the video below…

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

On the video the red Ford sedan cuts in front of the car with the dashcam then veers to the left lane while the driver waves the gun out of his window near Wat Srisoonthorn.

Police say Mr Manop was arrested at lunchtime yesterday (Saturday) in a workers camp in Soi Sukapibal where he lives with his Burmese wife and family.

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