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French expat dead by knife in chest, Phuket police deem suicide

A Tourist Police officer at the the scene this morning (June 15). Photo: Tourist Police

PHUKET: — Police believe a French expat found dead in his home in Kamala this morning died by his own hand, stabbing himself in the chest with a knife.

Capt Prasert Thongprom of the Kamala Police was notified at 10:45am.

Officers and rescue workers arrived to find the body of the man, identified as Henri Paul Jean Melot, 81, from Morlaix, slumped in a chair beside his computer with a knife in his left chest.

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Thailand Post warns of mailing restricted and prohibited items:

Thailand Post today warned people of sending prohibited and restricted items through the mail saying it is illegal and sender could face a maximum jailterm of up to two years and a maximum fine of 80,000 baht, or both.

The warning came after the police have discovered that arms trader has used postal service to send the prohibited and restricted items to customers.

TP president Mrs Samorn Terdtampiboon said TP has tightened safety measures including screening prohibited and restricted items with X-ray scanners in cooperation with airport officials.

In case of detection of any violation, the parcels posted could be traced to the senders from the postal offices which have CCTV monitoring, she said.

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Chonburi Zoo attraction forces elephants to swim underwater for people

A large news agency recently released a surprising video that seems to endorse a possibly abusive elephant attraction that opened late last year at Thailand’s Khao Kheow Open Zoo. One of the park’s most popular draws, the elephant swimming pool attracts scores of families and children who watch the underwater show from the comfort of an indoor theater.

In the 49-second AFP clip, the elephant is forced to swim to the bottom of the pool six times as he is ridden and prodded by a mahout, who also pulls on his ears. On the other side of the barrier, children hit the glass and try to get the animal’s attention while hordes of parents film the sad event.

The elephant, meanwhile, seems for all the world like it’s simply trying to get back to the surface to breathe.


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Sperm whale carcass found floating off Phuket beach

The carcass (to the right in image) was confirmed as being that of a sperm whale. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

PHUKET: Marine experts have confirmed that a carcass found floating off Surin Beach yesterday was that of a sperm whale.

At 10am yesterday (May31), Director of the Phuket Department of Marine and Coastal Resources’ (DMCR) Conservation Division Mr Suchart Rattanaruengsri received a report from lifeguards at Surin Beach in Cherng Talay that the remains of a large whale had been found floating about 500 metres off shore.

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Wildlife foundation rescues monkey wounded by harpoon gun on outskirts of Bangkok

A long-tailed macaque has made a “miracle” recovery after being shot with a harpoon gun on the outskirts of Bangkok.

BANGKOK: — The quarrel that hit the monkey, which has been nicknamed “Rocket”, penetrated under the animal’s eye through its head and into its back.

The Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand tracked down the animal after concerned residents began posting pictures of it in obvious distress on Facebook. Foundation staff then sedated the monkey before capturing it and administering veterinary care.

“It’s actually doing quite well with no infection and no abscesses at the moment,” the foundation’s founder Edwin Wiek told The Nation. “He seems to be recovering quite well and we expect to return him to the wild in four or five days.”

Wiek said such incidents were not uncommon in areas around the industrial estates on Bangkok outskirts, which he attributed to migrant workers hunting animals for food. “These people do not know the laws of Thailand and that these animals are protected,” Wiek said.

The foundation plans to post hoardings in the area in the Khmer and Burmese languages to educate people about animal cruelty and wildlife protections stipulated by Thai law.

This is not the first time the foundation has come to the assistance of wounded animals in the area, although Rocket’s strong recovery made the animal something of the exception and only the second monkey to fully recover from such an injury.



Monk watching sex movie on full volume filmed on tour bus

Image: Daily News

Thai netizens were wondering what the nation’s monks were going to get up to next after one of their number was filmed watching a porno movie on full volume on a tour bus.

The video ended up on Facebook with onliners shaking their heads at what has become of Thai society.

Daily News online caught up with the poster of the clip, 19 year old Wittawat Wonghajuk who told them that he was taking a bus from Loei to Udon Thani when he heard the sound of the movie, clearly people having sex.

He thought it was a teenager watching it and made his way to say something.

But when he saw who was watching he thought better of it.

It was a monk aged about 30 – who seemed oblivious to his fellow passengers as he gawked at the movie.

Wittawat was worried that the monk might get angry – he had seen the results of monk violence recently – so he decided to film instead.

Now he hopes someone will recognize the monk who got off (the bus) before the poster alighted in Nong Bualamphu.

Source: Daily News


Husband claims he played fake Russian roulette with wife but didn’t take all the bullets out

Picture: Daily News

BANGKOK: — A drunk man in Sena, Ayutthaya, told police that he was only playing with his wife when he suggested a game of Russian roulette.

He claimed he had emptied the gun before handing it to his wife.

Sena police who went to a house in ban Phaen sub-district found 27 year old nursing assistant Nopparat Prasena dead in a pool of blood on her bed. She had been shot square in the forehead by a .22 bullet that exited by the nape of the neck, reported Daily News.

The gun used was lying nearby

He husband Pongrat Kitsunthorn, 27, was crying at the scene when police arrived.

He said he had been drinking with friends and on his way back picked up a gun from his grandmother’s house. He said he took out all the bullets.

He got home and suggested a game of Russian roulette with his wife and said they took it in turns to fire.

Suddenly the gun went off and his wife lay dead.

Police are skeptical about his account.

Relatives told the cops that the husband was a habitual drunkard without a job. The wife had posted on Facebook that she was fed up with her life with him.

Investigations continue.

Source: Daily News

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