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Two held in death of Vietnamese woman

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PATONG: After handing themselves in to Kathu Police on Monday, two Thai men are being held at Phuket Provincial Prison on charges of “causing death during an affray” of a Vietnamese woman whose body was discovered lying in a klong last week.

Kathu Police Superintendent Col Grissak Songmoonnak told the Gazette that the men allegedly confessed to killing 37-year-old Tran Thi Mung, also known as “Nina Nhong”, during a botched robbery. However, they later retracted their confessions.

Following a report by an anonymous caller at about 10.30 pm on April 18, police found Mrs Nhong’s body in the shallow klong, just 200 meters north of the Patong Municipality offices on Ratchapratannusorn Rd.

The site is also about 700 meters from where murdered Danish tourist Henrik Rasmussen’s body was found, in the same klong, on February 7.

Col Grissak said that police arrived to find Ms Nhong’s body in the shallow canal in front of Cozy Guesthouse, where she worked as a maid. Her husband, 42-year-old Vietnamese Lequang Duy, also known as “Reger Nhong”, was at the scene, he added.

Mr Nhong told police he was at work at a shop on Thaweewong Rd when he received a call from a Vietnamese friend who said that his wife had fallen into the canal, possibly because she was drunk, Col Grissak said.

Mr Nhong also told police that a friend of his wife had repaid to her a 30,000-baht loan earlier that day. She kept the money with her all day, but it was missing after her body was discovered, he added.

Ms Nhong sustained injuries to her neck and face, possibly caused by a blunt object. A gold necklace was still on her body, said Col Grissak.

Kathu Police Inspector Pol Lt Padungpong Duksukaew today told the Gazette, “The men have now denied the charges, but they were found in possession of three mobile phones belonging to the victim.”

Although the men allegedly presented the phones to police, they have not been charged with robbery.

Lt Col Nitikorn Rawang, who is leading the investigation into the death, said police have thus far been unable to trace the 30,000 baht reported missing by the victim’s husband.

Col Nitikorn declined to name the two men.



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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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