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  1. American attacks Thai at Bangkok airport "because his flight was cancelled" Footage from Suvarnabhumi airport showed a large American man attack a Thai hotel employee in full view of the cameras. Rodney Philips, 49, wrestled Surasak, 48, to the ground then drove his head into the concourse. Neither man knew each other or had any issue with each other. Surasak, an employee who waits for arrivals with a board, was aided at the scene by security who saw him to hospital where he was treated for a broken arm. The seemingly motiveless attack happened near exit 7 on the second floor of the airport in the early hours of Sunday morning. Philips fled the scene. But police soon had Philips in custody and he has admitted attacking Surasak. On Tuesday the American tried to buy his way out of the rap by offering full compensation payments to the victim. Surasak said no, and wants him prosecuted to the full extent of the law for what he did. Surasak told Sanook that he had never met the American before and had no idea who he was and why he attacked him. He said he had been waiting for a guest but had some business outside the airport and momentarily left his board hanging on a rail. When he returned other workers doing the same thing said the board had been removed by a foreigner and pointed out the man to him. He asked for his sign back but that was refused as the American started causing more trouble. Then the American attacked him wrestling him to the ground and was seen on the cameras banging his head into the concrete. Image: 77/Sanook News Philips admitted that it was him on the CCTV. He said he was suffering from an illness and lost his temper when he found out his flight had been cancelled. He told the police that he didn't know what he was doing. Surasak said in Thai on a later video that he thought the American must be on some kind of drugs. Philips has been charged with assault and will soon appear in court, reported Sanook. -- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2018-04-17
  2. SHARK ALERT: Hua Hin fisherman says not a question of 'if' but 'what kind' attacked tourist Fishermen familiar with the waters off Hua Hin said that in the last year there have been an increasing number of large sharks in the sea off Hua Hin. And an abbot has issued a warning after video and still photography showed sharks circling in the sea off a temple in the area where a Norwegian tourist claimed he was attacked. Video footage - deleted but now obtained by Thaivisa - showed a Norwegian man being carried to a pick-up to be taken to hospital after what was said to be a shark attack at Sai Noi Beach in Prachuap Khirikhan. He had a bloody wound to his left foot. Doctors suggested that it was caused by a slip on barnacled rocks but fishermen in the area expressed no great surprise that it may be a shark attack that would be a first for the area. Phichet Wongkai said that a year ago he had caught two bull sharks in his net each weighing 30-40 kilos, reported Manager. Since then he said fishermen had seen sharks in increasing numbers in the waters off Hua Hin. He was shocked one had bitten a tourist but was hardly surprised suggesting that they were coming in closer to the shore to feed. For Phichet it was not a question of IF it was a shark but WHAT KIND attacked the tourist. In light of the shark attack claim the abbot of nearby Wat Tham Khao Tao added fuel to the fire. Phra Khru Bunyaphiram said that sharks had been coming close to the temple more and more recently. On Monday he took a video of sharks circling. He was not able to confirm that it was a shark attack but he called on the authorities to act fast in the light of the evidence. Sophon Thongdee of the Department of Coastal Resources said he could not confirm or deny if it was a shark attack yet but assured the public that his department were acting with urgency. A survey of the area was planned for today, Tuesday, with experts in a speedboat looking into the matter. Sophon said that if it was a shark attack it would be a first for the area. Hua Hin fisheries representative Amnat Fakteuan also suggested that it was too early to say but intimated that the evidence was mounting that it was indeed a shark attack on the tourist. No one has yet quoted the tourist about what he saw or felt. -- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2018-04-17
  3. VIDEO: It was a shark! “40 to 50 sharks” spotted in waters off Hua Hin Video footage posted to Facebook on Monday afternoon claimed to show a shark in waters off Hua Hin. The Facebook user who posted the footage claimed that there were between “40 or 50” sharks swimming in the water off Sai Noi beach in south Hua Hin, with each shark approximately 50kgs in size. The footage was posted following claims on Sunday that a foreigner had been bitten by a shark while swimming at Sai Noi beach. Footage of Sunday’s incident had since been removed from Facebook but images showed a western man with a serious injury to his foot. However, despite the claims of a shark bite, local medics and people commenting on Facebook claimed that the injury was caused by rocks or the razor sharp barnacles which are found at some beaches in Hua Hin. But this new footage, if legitimate would seem to point that sharks are currently present in waters off Hua Hin. The footage from Hua Hin comes at the same time officials in Krabi confirmed that 10 black tip reef sharks were spotted hunting for small fish at Koh Hong. The most recent images from Hua Hin also shows what looks like a black tip reef shark. Meanwhile, the foreign man who was pictured with the injured foot suffered broken bones and required 41 stitches, the person posting on Facebook claimed. -- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2018-04-16
  4. British man beats wife to death in Ubon Ratchathani Image: The Nation A British man is in police custody after allegedly kicking his wife to death in fit of rage at a house in Ubon Ratchathani. Kevin Smitham, 51, reportedly beat his wife Kanda, 29, after he refused to have sex with him and he accused her of having an affair, Banmuang reported. Locals said that they heard the pair arguing around 10pm on Sunday evening. However, it wasn’t until the next morning when a local monk found the body of Ms Kanda outside the property in Det Udom district. Smitham reportedly admitted the attack, telling police he pushed his wife to the ground, before stamping on her twice and strangling her. He then dragged her body outside, covered it with a blanket and left it there until it was discovered on Monday morning. Kanda Smitham Despite admitting the attack he said he did not mean to kill his wife. The couple are reportedly residents of Pattaya and have three children together. They had been visiting Ms Kanda’s relatives in Ubon Ratchathani during Songkran. According to her Facebook page, Kanda Smitham ran a popular fitness Facebook page with more than 28,000 followers. Source: Banmuang -- © Copyright Thai Visa News 2018-04-16
  5. Over 10,000 vehicles seized from drunk drivers so far this Songkran The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) and related authorities have seized a total of 10,099 vehicles from drunk drivers in the first five days (April 11-15) of monitoring road accidents over the Songkran holidays. They included 7,372 motorcycles and 2,727 cars and trucks, said National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) and Army deputy spokeswoman Colonel Sirichan Ngathong on Monday. On Sunday alone, the authorities seized 2,069 motorcycles and 814 cars from drunk drivers, she said. The five-day period also saw 61,758 travellers using services (resting, asking for direction, and getting a free vehicle check-up) at the Army pit-stops along highways, she said. The seized vehicles will be returned to their owners after the seven-day accident monitoring period, Sirichan added. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30343254 -- © Copyright The Nation 2018-04-16
  6. Petty crime, pickpockets at Songkran 2018

    There was a gang of pick pockets who were found with knives arrested in the same area yesterday. We should have a news story on it shortly
  7. Thailand Live Sunday 15 Apr 2018

    A French man found dead in Patong hotel room By Kritsada Mueanhawong Police estimate that he'd died there at least 3 or 4 days before he was found. A 73 year old French man, Claude Cadeau, was found dead in a Patong Hotel yesterday (Saturday). Police estimate that he’d died there at least 3 or 4 days before he was found. Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1033845-a-french-man-found-dead-in-patong-hotel-room/
  8. A French man found dead in Patong hotel room

    A French man found dead in Patong hotel room By Kritsada Mueanhawong Police estimate that he'd died there at least 3 or 4 days before he was found. A 73 year old French man, Claude Cadeau, was found dead in a Patong Hotel yesterday (Saturday). Police estimate that he’d died there at least 3 or 4 days before he was found. He was found at room number 49/91 on the 8th floor of a condominium in Patong. Police contacted his girlfriend, 43 year old Udom Suebchat, who had been in relationship with him for 10 years though they weren’t married and did not have a child together. Full story: https://thethaiger.com/news/a-french-man-found-dead-in-patong-hotel-room -- © Copyright The Thaiger 2018-04-15
  9. Thailand Live Sunday 15 Apr 2018

    Man beaten unconscious in Nakhon Ratchasima regains consciousness, has severe brain concussion A young man who sustained a severe brain concussion in a brawl during the Songkran celebration on Saturday in Nakhon Ratchasima’s Muang district has regained consciousness. Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1033844-man-beaten-unconscious-in-nakhon-ratchasima-regains-consciousness-has-severe-brain-concussion/
  10. Man beaten unconscious in Nakhon Ratchasima regains consciousness, has severe brain concussion A young man who sustained a severe brain concussion in a brawl during the Songkran celebration on Saturday in Nakhon Ratchasima’s Muang district has regained consciousness. Meanwhile, police may soon issue a summons for his rivals to face punishments, said Muang Nakhon Ratchasima precint superintendent Pol Colonel Patiyuth Singsomroj. The young man remained under close medical surveillance, he added. The incident, in which a drunk reveller was attacked in the middle of Jom Surangyat Road by a group of rivals until he lay unconscious, and was caught on camera, with the video clip going viral on Thai social media. The unconscious man was rushed to hospital, Provincial governor Wichien Chantharanothai had previously urged the public to remain sober and drink moderately as they celebrated Songkran from April 13-15. There are many reports of drinking related brawls. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30343209 -- © Copyright The Nation 2018-04-15 WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT
  11. Thailand Live Sunday 15 Apr 2018

    Thai masseur accused of raping tourist A 27-year-old Thai masseur was arrested early on Sunday for allegedly raping a Taiwanese tourist during an April 12 massage session at the shop in downtown Bangkok but the man claimed the sex was consensual and the customer even gave him a Bt100 tip. Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1033842-thai-masseur-accused-of-raping-tourist/
  12. Thailand Live Sunday 15 Apr 2018

    248 people killed and 2,557 injured in road accidents during April 11-14 Songkran celebrations The death toll from 2,449 road accidents in the past four days during April 11-14 rose to 248 and 2,557 injured, with 57 deaths and 626 injured in 603 accidents on April 14 alone, according to the statistics of the Centre for the Protection and Reduction of Road Accidents during Songkran festival. Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1033841-248-people-killed-and-2557-injured-in-road-accidents-during-april-11-14-songkran-celebrations/
  13. Thailand Live Sunday 15 Apr 2018

    Russian man arrested for alleged assault, robbery A Russian man was arrested on Saturday night at Suvarnabhumi Airport while trying to flee the country with Bt700,000 he had allegedly robbed from a money exchange service booth on Sukhumvit Road in Chon Buri. Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/1033778-a-suspected-russian-robber-arrested-at-suvarnabhumi-airport/?page=11&tab=comments#comment-12895061
  14. Thai masseur accused of raping tourist

    Thai masseur accused of raping tourist A 27-year-old Thai masseur was arrested early on Sunday for allegedly raping a Taiwanese tourist during an April 12 massage session at the shop in downtown Bangkok but the man claimed the sex was consensual and the customer even gave him a Bt100 tip. Following news reports by Taiwanese media about the alleged rape on April 12 evening for which the victim lodged a police complaint on April 13 afternoon, Thong Lor police superintendent Pol Colonel Khajornpong Jitpakphum said the suspect Phuriwat Thienchai was summoned for questioning and to hear the charge. Police said the victim and her friend had a foot massage in the shop’s ground floor before going to separate rooms upstairs for a body massage. The victim accused the masseur of molesting her and raping her. After the alleged attack, the man went downstairs to continue his work, while the victim paid the massage fee and went to rest at a hotel before filing the police complaint the following day, police said. She was sent for examination to Police General Hospital. Khajornpong said police inspected the scene and summoned the suspect to testify and hear the charge. Khajornpong said the suspect reportedly admitted to having sex with the tourist but claimed it was consensual. The suspect told police that after the massage, the woman came down to wait for her friend, paid the Bt200 massage fee and even gave him a Bt100 tip. However, police filed the charge of rape against him and appointed him to meet the case investigator again on April 21 for further procedure. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30343205 -- © Copyright The Nation 2018-04-15
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