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European Court Of Human Rights Upholds Extradition Of Bargirl Murder Suspect From Spain

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European Court Of Human Rights Upholds Extradition Of Bargirl Murder Suspect From Spain

The European Court of Human Rights this week upheld the decision of the Spanish High Court to extradite a British citizen accused of murdering a woman in Thailand.

The court in Strasbourg responded to the complaint filed in October 2019 by Shane Kenneth Looker, who was arrested in Ibiza in June 2017 and wanted to prevent his extradition from Spain to face charges of murdering a Nana Plaza bargirl.

The court has upheld the National Court’s July 2018 ruling, which found that the guarantees offered by the Thai government were sufficient to ensure that he would not be sentenced to capital punishment or subjected to inhumane treatment.

Looker, originally from Stoke, England, was the last known person to be seen with Rainbow 4 dancer Laxami “Pook” Manochat on November 2nd 2014.

On 9th November 2014, it was reported the cut-up body of a woman had been found in a suitcase thrown into the Mae Klong River in Kanchanaburi. The body in the suitcase was linked to a missing Soi 4 bar worker from Si Saket on Nov 16th. Police issued CCTV images of the victim leaving Nana Plaza with a well-built white man.

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Over the course of the next few weeks, video footage and new photos were released with fresh appeals for information as police had few leads in the case.

At the beginning of December 2014, there were several tip-offs to this site that included Looker’s full name, nationality, his address in Hua Hin, a photo of his passport from the immigration system and where he was in hiding, all of which were passed on to investigators.

In mid-December 2014 a search warrant was issued for a property at Tippawan 5 in Hua Hin believed to be the residence of Looker. During the search, police discovered the shorts and t-shirt he’d been wearing on the night of November 1st when he was captured on CCTV.

DNA samples taken from several items including nail clippers and a toothbrush matched DNA found in the victim’s nails.

The investigation also led police to a store where Looker had purchased rocks similar to those discovered in the suitcase with the body.

Looker fled Thailand into Malaysia via the Padang Besar border crossing by train on November 24th 2014 and headed to Ibiza where he was arrested at a garage in June 2017.

He has since been held in prison while Thailand fought for his extradition and Looker made appeals to the European Court of Human Rights after losing his case in the Spanish High Court.

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‘Thailand Pass’ Scheme Dropped From Today

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Thailand Pass Scheme Dropped From Today

The Thailand Pass registration scheme and the US$10,000 health insurance requirement for foreign visitors have officially been dropped, effective 1st July 2022.

From today, foreign nationals are only required to show proof of vaccination or a negative RT-PCR or professional ATK test result within 72 hours of travel.

These can either be in print or digital format.

Random checks will be made on arrivals at international airports and land border checkpoints bringing an end to congestion and lengthy queues.

With the removal of all the hurdles and entry to Thailand returning to pre-covid normal, it is hoped arrivals will increase over the coming months bringing back those much needed tourist dollars.

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Two Dry Days In July Coming Up

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Two Dry Days In July Coming Up

The entertainment industry is set to take two days off this month in respect of Asalha Bucha Day and Khao Phansa Day.

It will be lights out across the land on Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th with exact timings determined by local police districts who will issue notices either in a timely manner as some do or 20 minutes before closing.

Of course, it’s not just the nightlife industry affected by the Buddhist holiday, there will be no alcohol on sale at your local 7-Eleven either for 48 hours, so plan ahead.

Friday 15th is also a public holiday but booze will be back for the weekend.

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