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Tourists witness murder of tuk-tuk driver

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PHUKET TOWN: A horrified group of Western tourists watched helplessly as their tuk-tuk driver was shot dead by a hit-man in the road outside The Metropole hotel in Phuket Town on Saturday night. Prasit Petchkong, 56, from Phattalung province, had just picked up the group when two men on a black Honda Dream motorcycle with no license plates stopped nearby. The passenger dismounted, walked over to the tuk-tuk, pulled a sawed-off shotgun from his waistband, and shot Prasit at point-blank range. Witnesses said the murderer then strolled back to the motorcycle calmly, as if nothing had happened. Prasit was rushed to Wachira Hospital but died soon after. The tourists in the tuk-tuk left the scene immediately after the killing. Pol Col Chalit Thintanee, superintendent of Phuket Town Police Station, told the Gazette this morning that inquiries among Prasit’s relatives suggest he may have been murdered as a result of a dispute with a neighbor when he was living in Krabi a couple of months ago. According to the relatives, the neighbor had burned undergrowth on his land, but the fire had spread to Prasit’s property. Following a court ruling, the neighbor was ordered to pay Prasit 50,000 baht in compensation, but had failed to do so. Prasit’s efforts to collect the money culminated in a fist-fight with his neighbor. He then ran away from Krabi to stay with relatives and found work as a tuk-tuk- driver here. Police are continuing their investigation.



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Water shut offs to hit parts of Cherng Talay for two weeks

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The Phuket Water Authority (PWA) has announced that water supply in some areas of Cherng Talay will be shut off from March 19 – 31 at ‘some times’ during the day.

Water will be shut off while work is being carried out on moving main water pipes. Areas to be affected include parts of Cherng Talay.

“Residents in these areas should save water to use during the period of the shutoffs.  Water might have some discolouration after the repairs. We will complete the works as soon as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience.”

For more information, please call the PWA at 076 319 173, 082 790 1634

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25 year old electrical contractor electrocuted in Chalong, Phuket

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A 25 year old electrical contractor has died after accidentally touching a high voltage power cabling in Chalong. Police say that the power was still connected when the man was working.

Pakasit Raksakam was working on the cabling when he accidentally touched a cable that was still live, according to fellow contractors working nearby. Rescue workers arrived on Soi Na Yai off Chao Fah West road to find co-workers attempting to revive the man. He was working six metres above the ground when the incident happened some time shortly before 2pm on Saturday.

Pakasit was rushed to to the Emergency Centre of the new Chalong Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival. He was a contract worker with the Sapcharoen Company.

Work colleagues say that Pakasit from Thalang was an electrical contractor installing high-voltage cabling on power poles.

Chalong Police are conducting an investigation and speaking to other contractors to determine whether to press charges.

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Water shut offs to hit parts of Patong, Kata and Karon for a week

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The Phuket Water Authority (PWA) has announced that water supply in some areas of Patong, Kata and Karon will be shut off from 9am to 5pm from March 25 – 31.

Water will be shut off while work is being carried out in the repair and maintenance of the Reverse Osmosis (RO) water pumping station in Karon.

Areas to be affected include parts of Patong, Kata and Karon.

“Residents in these areas should save water to use during the period of the shutoffs.  Water might have some discolouration after the repairs. We will complete the works as soon as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience.”

For more information, please call the PWA at 076 319 173, 082 790 1634 or 1662.

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