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US serviceman arrested for rape

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PATONG: A serviceman from the visiting American warship, the USS Bonhomme Richard, has been arrested and handed over to the US Navy after allegedly raping a U.S. servicewoman in the early hours of yesterday. He is also alleged to have assaulted an Australian passer-by who tried to stop the rape. The accused man was named by Patong police superintendent Col Chalit Thintanee as Thomas Wolf, a US Marine sergeant serving aboard the Bonhomme Richard, one of a seven-vessel flotilla currently on R&R in Phuket’s seedy entertainment capital. The victim was a 22-year-old Petty Officer 3rd Class serving on the same ship as Wolf. It is alleged that when an Australian resident of Phuket, named by police as Henry Birmingham, responded to the woman’s screams and tried to stop the rape, Wolf hit him in the face, knocking him out. Wolf was finally subdued by about a dozen local people who came to the woman’s aid. She was taken to Bangkok Phuket Hospital with serious injuries, including a broken jaw and a badly bitten nose. Doctors are currently refusing to allow anyone to see her. Under Thai law, a foreign serviceman involved in a crime on Thai soil would normally be subject to trial by the Thai courts. However, after three hours of negotiations between Phuket Vice Governor Manit Wattanasen, a representative of the US Embassy, and the accused man’s commander, it was agreed that Wolf would be handed over to the US Navy to be tried in a military court in the US. Mr Birmingham declined to press charges for assault, said Col Chalit. The Nation newspaper reported that a story on the attack published by a Thai newspaper drew strong criticism from the US Embassy. The Nation quoted an embassy spokeswoman as saying, “We were dismayed to see the picture of the victim, badly bruised and apparently unconscious on the front page of a local newspaper. “It is a clear violation of her privacy. It shows a lack of compassion and professionalism on the part of authorities to allow [news] photographers access to the victim and on the part of the newspaper that printed the photos,” the embassy spokeswoman said. V/Gov Manit told the Gazette after the negotiations that the story in the Thai newspaper was “totally wrong” on many points. For example, he said, the story stated that the victim was raped by 10 men and identified Mr Birmingham as her boyfriend. “It was not a gang rape,” said V/Gov Manit, “and the Australian man was only a witness, who was walking past and tried to help the woman, resulting in his being punched in the face.” There are currently some 5,000 US servicemen and women in Phuket for R&R.



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Motorbike driver files official complaint after accident from fallen cables in Kata

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A motorbike driver has filed a report with police against a cable company after he became tangled up in their cabling while driving to work in Kata.

26 year old Chakaree Yawaekaree filled the report with Chalong Police against the local cable company.

Mr Chakaree told Police that he was driving to work in Kata on Friday morning. When he arrived at the scene he ran into the cabling that had dropped down, just above the road level. The cables hooked his motorbike and caused him to crash and fall off. He was taken to hospital where he was treated for scrapes, grazes and a badly injured right knee.

Chalong Police say they are continuing their investigation. They say the cables belong to a private company and that this kind of incident happens “very often”.

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Motorbike driver dies after colliding with sedan on Thepkasattri Road, Phuket

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A motorbike driver has died after colliding with a sedan driven by a Russian driver who was allegedly making a “risky” U-turn on Thepkrasattri Road in Koh Kaew yesterday.

The incident happened at 3.30pm yesterday.

Police and other emergency responders arrived to find a white sedan, a motorbike and a pickup truck.

The motorbike driver had sustained serious injuries – 19 year old Weerapat Chamnina – and had already been rushed tp Mission Phuket Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Police report that a white sedan, whose driver was a 37 year old Russian man, Maxim Shadrin, was heading along the southbound lane of Thepkasattri Road.

Police speculate that he was trying to make a U-turn but was allegedly out of the lane of traffic making the turn.

The motorbike collided with the rear of the man’s sedan.  The motorbike driver bounced off to the other side of the road (northbound lane).  Then a pickup truck hit the motorbike driver.

Police are continuing their investigation and examining all the CCTV footage.

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54 year old Swede dodges traffic in Thepkasattri Road, Phuket

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PHUKET: Achadtaya Chuenniran

A 54 year old Swedish tourist is now in custody after running around Thepkasattri road yesterday morning dodging cars and causing traffic mayhem. Luckily no cars came in contact with the man police described as ‘mentally ill’.

A video clip from the incident shows the man running in and out of the traffic on Thepkasattri Road in Thalang. The incident happened around 2.30am.

The road had to be closed for 20-30 minutes as police apprehended the man, unhurt. The motive for his dangerous antics have not become apparent at this stage.

The man, who remains named was taken to Thalang Hospital for checking then was transferred to Vachira Hospital in Phuket Town. Police revealed that his visa expired on the same day so they’ve contacted the local Swedish consular officials to check on the man’s family and travel situation.

The Swede is currently being evaluated and treated in the hospital’s psychiatric wing.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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