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Two foreign tourists die in Rawai in two days

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RAWAI, PHUKET: Two foreign tourists were found dead in their rooms in Rawai early this week. The first was identified by Chalong Police as American Martin Howard Schechter.

Mr Schechter, 67, was found in the bed of his rented bungalow in Rawai Village 4.

At about 11 am on Monday morning, the staff grew concerned because Mr Schechter, who they described as a friendly and talkative man, had not been seen for five days.

They broke down the locked door of the room to find Mr Schechter’s decomposing body lying face up with both hands over his face.

He was dressed in a white shirt and striped shorts and there were bloodstains on the floor beneath the bed.

Chalong Police arrived a short time later with workers from the Phuket Ruamjai Kupai Foundation and investigators from the Phuket-based Police Forensics Unit 44.

There were no signs of struggle and a bag of medicine was found on a bedside table, police said.

Police are still unsure if Mr Schechter’s death was the result of a medical condition or possible drug overdose.

As of this afternoon there had been no new information about Mr Schechter’s background or what caused him to die, a source at Chalong Police said.

The second death reported was that of a 40-year-old German national, whose name will not be reported until his next of kin are informed.

Chalong Police Duty Officer Surasak Jaidee told the Gazette the man was found dead in his home along Wiset Rd at 7 pm on Tuesday in Village 2. The death was reported to Chalong Police, who arrived at the scene with a Vachira Phuket Hospital physician and Phuket Ruamjai Kupai workers.

His body, found on the floor in front of a computer table, was dressed in a dark gray shirt and black shorts.

From an initial examination, doctors said they suspected heart failure as the cause of death.

The man’s body was sent to Vachira Phuket Hospital for further examination.

As of this afternoon, Chalong Police had still not been able to contact the German Embassy to inform them of the death and the man’s remains are still at the Vachira Hospital morgue, Pol Lt Surasak said.



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Phuket declares rabies outbreak zone in Chalong

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A district livestock development office in Phuket province has announced a Rabies outbreak zone in the Chalong area yesterday.

Sutat Niyomthai, Chief of livestock development officer of Mueang Phuket District, has announced that the Baan Na Yai, Moo 4 village in Tambon Chalong is a designated outbreak zone after a dog tested positive for Rabies.

A rabies temporary control zone will run from January 17 to February 16 in a radius around the Moo 4 village in Tambon Chalong:

• North to Baan Ketho in Moo 7, Kathu.

• South: to Baan Bang Kontee in Moo 5, Rawai.

• East: To Baan Borea in Moo 6, Wichit.

• West: To Karon Temple in Moo 1, Karon.

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Chumphon woman, working in Phuket, wins first prize in lottery

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A woman from Chumphon, who helps out her sister in Phuket, returned to her hometown last week where she bought a lottery ticket.

The ticket won her the first prize in the lottery.

38 year old Thai woman Chonrada Laimer from Chumphon went to Chalong Police Station yesterday with the first prize lottery ticket number 197079. The weekly lottery numbers were announced yesterday. She claims 6 million baht as the first prize.

Khun Chonrada says, “I am from Chumphon. I help my sister to sell goods in Rawai during high season. I had to visit my home in Chumphon last week and bought the lottery ticket there. It is the number of my car number plate. Then I returned to Phuket.”

“I am very happy. I will use this money to fix my parent’s house. I will still help my sister to sell goods.”

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Australian woman deported for overstaying visa by over 100 days

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PHOTOS: Facebook/Claire Johnson

An Australian woman, who was caught overstaying her visa by 111 days, will be released from detention and deported by Thai authorities tonight.

She came to the media’s attention on Monday after sending urgent messages to a friend saying that she was being taken to a detention centre and that “they are taking my phone”.

46 year old Claire Amelia Johnson is an Australian Gold Coast resident. She will depart Bangkok on a QANTAS flight scheduled to arrive in Sydney tomorrow (Friday) morning.

She was due to return to Australia more than a week ago but on Monday evening sent messages to her friend Juliet Potter and told her that she was in an immigration detention centre in Bangkok and begged her to please “help me”.

Read The Thaiger story about her desperate pleas HERE.

Ms Johnson had been running a medical tourism business called Cosmetic Holidays International that offered cosmetic packages in Phuket”.

The business was voluntarily deregistered with the Australian Securities Commission in May 2017, after five years of operation, but her social media accounts continued to promote her cosmetic-surgery tourism business.

Thailand’s immigration chief, Surachate Hakparn, told Australia’s Fairfax media that Ms Johnson had been arrested, as well as fined, and would be deported after overstaying her tourist visa by more than 100 days.

“My Immigration Department will send her to Australia. She leaves tonight.”

Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade would say only that it was “providing consular assistance to an Australian woman detained in Thailand”, without naming Claire.

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