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Witness: Debts Led To Tong Murder

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Witness: Debts Led To Tong Murder | The Thaiger

PHUKET TOWN: The investigator who headed the probe into the slaying of Danis Wayne Tong testified yesterday in Phuket Provincial Court that the five suspects on trial participated in a murder-for-hire scheme following a fallout between the victim and well-known local businessman Hugo Vandervelde. Pol Maj Preecha Kla-thanong, Chief of the Special Investigations Unit for Phuket Province, told the court that his investigation of the murder led him to conclude that a dispute over debts between the two men culminated in the plan to gun down the 47-year-old Tong shortly after he pulled up to his Rawai residence on the night of June 24, 1997. The witness testified that witness interviews along with evidence gathered during the probe revealed that Tong and Vandervelde were involved in loan arrangements and outstanding work-related compensation totalling 800,000 baht. Vandervelde, a Belgian, was an executive of Thai Flemish Trading Co, Ltd, a Phuket-based food wholesaler with which Tong had close business ties. He is standing trial along with four Thai suspects – Manit Panme, Prajuab Sukkong, Pairat Raksawong and Pratin Praktong – for their alleged roles in the murder. Under questioning by prosecutor Banthoon Thongtan, Pol Maj Preecha testified that Pratin, whom the witness identified as a “relative of Hugo’s [Vanderdelde’s] wife,” brokered a deal on behalf of Vandervelde to hire three of the suspects – Manit, Prajuab and Pairat – to carry out the slaying. The witness said Pratin paid 200,000 baht as a partial payment to the trio, but did not provide the court with any other details of the arrangement. The police officer also testified that Manit, Prajuab and Pairat arrived in Phuket from their homes in Nakhon Si Thammarat to meet with Pratin and Hansa Ramdoung, a former Kathu district police corporal, prior to the alleged murder. During his testimony, the police major said Tong’s common law wife Jamlong Yamsuwan and neighbors told investigators that two men – one trigger man and one getaway driver – had carried out the killing. Defense attorney Surasak Limpanitch, who is representing Manit, the suspected motorbike getaway driver, asked the investigator what led police to suspect that his client, Prajuab, and Pairat were involved in the killing. The witness responded by saying authorities probing the crime were able to establish a link with the suspects through a police source. The witness refused to identify the source when asked to do so by the defense lawyer. Nakin Themrat, the defense attorney representing Pairat, questioned the witness as to why investigators focused on a business conflict as the motive for the killing. Pol Maj Preecha said police first suspected either a business or love conflict, then focused on the former following interviews with key witnesses. A court session scheduled to have taken place this morning was postponed when prosecution witnesses failed to appear. Testimony is scheduled to continue on September 30 at the Nakhon Si Thammarat Provincial Courthouse, and on December 3-4 in Phuket.

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Hermès opens its first store in Phuket at Central Floresta

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Hermès opens its first store in Phuket at Central Floresta | The Thaiger

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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Red car ‘gun flasher’ arrested in Phuket | The Thaiger

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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Tsunami advisory for Andaman Coast – all clear

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Tsunami advisory for Andaman Coast – all clear | The Thaiger

An advisory was sent out last night about two earth tremors registering 5.0 and 5.2 magnitude centered on the Andaman Islands, 620 kilometres north west of Phuket.

The National Disaster Warning Centre sent out an advisory to Governors of six Andaman Coast provinces to be on alert for tsunami warnings and more earthquake activity.

There has been no tsunami activity registered along the Andaman coastlines.

Tsunami advisory for Andaman Coast - all clear | News by The Thaiger

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