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American Caught Using Forged Passport Sentenced To 4 Years Behind Bars

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American Using Forged Passport Sentenced To 4 Years Behind Bars

An American arrested last year attempting to leave Thailand using a forged Canadian passport was sentenced to four years in prison last week at Mukdahan Provincial Court.

At his trial in February, Robert Bell, 54, pled guilty to forging and using a Canadian passport to allow him to live and work in Thailand following his arrest last September by immigration officers at the Friendship 2 Bridge.

The court ruled he would be eligible for parole after he has served 2 years in Mukdahan prison.

Judges took into consideration time already served with September 2020 to be considered one year served.

Bell’s legal team say they will appeal and will request the sentence as served, however, due to the severity of his crimes, the judges fear any further leniency will question the legal system adding they understand foreigners have a tougher time in Thai prisons compared to their home countries but the fact Mr Bell held the fake passport for many years and used it multiple times, his case is being used as an example to anyone attempting similar crimes.

If Bell is granted parole in 2021 he will be handed directly to the US embassy for deportation.

In a bizarre request to the court, Bell asked if it would be possible for him to be deported a neighbouring country.

The request was immediately dismissed as impossible on many counts including the fact his genuine American passport expired many years previously.

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57 Local Train Services Suspended

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57 Local Train Services Suspended

The State Railway of Thailand will suspend 57 local train services starting today to restrict travel that could further spread COVID-19.

SRT governor Niruj Maneepun said cancellations will affect 13 local services on the northern line, 18 on the northeastern routes, 12 in the southern region and 14 eastern trains.

Most cancelled services start at Hua Lamphong station including service to Kanchanaburi and Hua Hin.

For more information please contact 1690 (24 hours).

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English Man Who Attempted To Murder His Thai Wife Given 22-Year Jail Sentence

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English Man Who Attempted To Murder His Thai Wife Given 22-Year Jail Sentence

A man who attempted to murder his Thai wife in Twickenham, England has been jailed.

William Clapperton, 58, was sentenced to 22 years behind bars at the Old Bailey last Friday.

He was found guilty of attempting to murder his wife, Napangkawarin Clapperton, a Thai national known as Pat, on Dec 15 following an eight-day trial.

The court heard that in the early hours of Monday, 17 February, Clapperton carried out a sustained and frenzied armed attack on his wife at their home address in Twickenham.

In an alcohol-fuelled rage – after his wife revealed her intentions to end their marriage – Clapperton cut up a large amount of his wife’s clothing before carrying out a violent attack against her, subjecting her to hours of physical abuse with the clear intention of killing her.

Clapperton ignored the victim’s repeated pleas for him to stop as he proceeded to inflict significant injuries to her face, neck and body.

He attacked her with scissors, a chopping knife and his hands. Whilst doing this he told her that if she was ugly no one would want her anymore and she was going to die. She also sustained injuries to her hands and arms, whilst trying to protect herself.

Images of the victim’s injuries were considered too horrific to be shown in court. Nine months on from the attack, she continues to require ongoing surgery for her injuries.

The court went on to hear that at around 07:15hrs, the victim finally saw an opportunity to escape the property. She ran barefoot into the street where a member of the public immediately called for an ambulance.

At approximately 07:39hrs, police were notified by the London Ambulance Service and attended the scene.

The victim was taken to a south London hospital for treatment.

In an effort to locate Clapperton, officers attending the scene, with help from the Territorial Support Group, forced entry into the property.

At 09:31hrs, Clapperton was placed under arrest. He was found with knife wounds to his chest and wrist and was taken to hospital for treatment by LAS. His injuries were later established to be self-inflicted wounds.

Detectives from the Met’s West Area Safeguarding unit immediately launched an investigation.

On Thursday, 20 February Clapperton was further arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

He was charged on Friday, 27 February with attempted murder and criminal damage. He was remanded to appear at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court on 28 February.

Detective Constable David Payne from the Met’s West Area Public Protection team, said “I would like to again pay tribute to the victim who has shown remarkable strength and courage throughout this investigation following this very traumatic experience. This case serves to highlight our dedication to apprehending and bringing domestic violence offenders to justice and we can feel reassured that a dangerous offender is now safely where he belongs”.

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Water Cut In 47 Areas Of Bangkok From 10pm Tonight

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Water Cut In 47 Areas Of Bangkok From 10pm Tonight

The Metropolitan Waterworks Authority said on Friday residents in 47 areas of Bangkok will have no running water from 10pm on Saturday to 8am on Sunday due to maintenance work.

Cutting off the supply is necessary to carry out work on a water main close to Rama VI Road.

The MWA apologised for the inconvenience caused by the cuts, adding residents could contact the 24-hour call centre on 1125 if they faced any problems.

The 47 affected areas are:
1. Rama VI Road
2. Ratchawithi Road
3. Yothi Road
4. Sri Ayutthaya Road
5. Phetchaburi Road
6. Banthat Thong Road
7. Phya Thai Road
8. Rama I Road
9. Rong Mueang Road
10. Charu Mueang Road
11. Charat Mueang Road
12. Nikhom Makkasan Road
13. Krungkasem Road
14. Phloenchit Road
15. Rajdamri Road
16. Ratchaprarop Road
17. New Petchaburi Road
18. Sawankhalok Road
19. Larn Luang Road
20. Rama V Road
21. Nakhon Sawan Road
22. Rajdamnoen Klang Road
23. Rajdamnoen Nai Road
24. Rajdamnoen Nok Road
25. Damrongrak Road
26. Bamrung Mueang Road
27. Luang Road
28. Rachinee Road
29. Charoen Krung Road
30. Tri Phet Road
31. Tee Thong Road
32. Phahurat Road
33. Chak Phet Road
34. Worachak Road
35. Chakkrawat Road
36. Yaowarat Road
37. Song Wat Road
38. Samsen Road
39. Ratchasima Road
40. Prachathipatai Road
41. Nakhon Chai Si Road
42. Amnuay Songkhram Road
43. Sukhothai Road
44. Phitsanulok Road
45. Luk Luang Road
46. Wisut Kasat Road
47. Phra Sumen Road

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