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Health Insurance Now Mandatory For Retirement Visa Holders

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Health Insurance Now Mandatory For Retirement Visa Holders

Health insurance for retirement visa holders in Thailand will now be made mandatory, according to an announcement on Monday from the Health Service Support Department.

Holders of Non-Immigrant Visa-O-A (Long Stay) visas will now need to show an insurance policy that covers them for up to 40,000 baht for outpatient treatment and up to 400,000 baht for inpatient treatment.

Nattawuth Prasert-siripong, director-general Health Service Support Department told reporters, “The Cabinet has already approved the new rule”, adding the new rules have been introduced to ease the financial burden placed on state hospitals by foreigners.

He said the new requirement s apply to both new applicants and those wishing to renew their O-A visa.

Both local and foreign insurance policies were acceptable.

When asked about those over 50 who for health reasons don’t qualify for a policy due to pre-existing conditions, the director-general suggested higher deposits in a Thai bank may be required.

Exactly when this kicks in wasn’t mentioned in any news reports covering the story.

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Brit Who Threw His Wife Off Balcony Charged With Attempted Murder

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Brit Who Threw His Wife Off 8th Floor Balcony Charged With Attempted Murder

A British man has been arrested and charged with attempted murder after he threw his wife off an 8th-floor balcony at a condo in Rayong late last month.

Immigration police chief Pol Lt-General Sompong Chingduang told reporters on Wednesday that 47-year-old Dave Marshall was apprehended at the Baron Residence Soi Ladprao 130 on a warrant issued by Rayong Provincial Court for attempted murder and detaining someone against their will.

On April 28, Marshall’s wife Ms Sukanda, 56, was found laid on a 7th-floor rooftop with a fractured hip and dislocated arm having been thrown off the balcony of a neighbouring building by her husband.

Marshall was sat topless on his balcony praying when police arrived and for two hours refused to acknowledge them before finally surrendering.

He told officers he was stressed and the argument with his wife had become heated.

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At the time of the incident, no charges were pressed against the Brit as investigators waited to question his wife after she recovered from her injuries.

However, Marshall didn’t wait around for them to make a decision after speaking to his wife and fled to Bangkok where he checked into a hotel on Ratchada Soi 17 before continuously moving to hide changing locations to Pratunam, Victory Monument and Ramkhamhaeng, often dressing to hide his face in a bid to evade detection.

Brit Who Threw His Wife Off 8th Floor Balcony Charged With Attempted Murder

Brit Who Threw His Wife Off 8th Floor Balcony Charged With Attempted Murder

His tactics to avoid capture failed and he was tracked down to the Baron Residence where he was arrested and taken into custody.

Marshall admitted assaulting his wife, who also alleges she was held against her will for several days at the Ban Chang Cliff Beach Condotel in Rayong, but claims he had been deceived when she dumped him for a new man after he transferred all his assets into her name.

Police will now take the suspect back to Rayong where he will be held pending a court appearance.

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Car Owner Gets Speeding Ticket 8 Months After His Wheels Were Nicked

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Car Owner Gets Speeding Ticket 8 Months After His Wheels Were Nicked

The hunt is on in Chonburi province for a Toyota Fortuner that was stolen 8 months ago in Bangkok after the owner received a speeding ticket in the post.

The owner of the vehicle had resigned himself to the fact his wheels were gone forever after the guy who nicked it before pawning it at an illegal casino told police his friend had “borrowed it” following his arrest for theft.

The pair were prosecuted but the friend and the car were never found, however, after being caught on camera doing 148 km/h the search for the car is back on.

Pattaya’s finest have already spotted it on security cameras in Laem Chabang and Si Racha with those tasked with finding it claiming it will be tracked down in no time at all.

A 30,000 baht reward is on the table for anyone who can assist in its recovery.

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Man With Flip-Flop Fetish Arrested For Stealing Shoes

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Man With Flip-Flop Fetish Arrested For Stealing Shoes

Nonthaburi police have arrested a 24-year-old man with a flip-flop fetish on Sunday after a couple complained their footwear kept going missing.

The unidentified shoe-sniffer told police he dressed in a rescue volunteer uniform in a bid to evade suspicion as he stole shoes from around his neighbourhood.

Man With Flip-Flop Fetish Arrested For Stealing Shoes

Man With Flip-Flop Fetish Arrested For Stealing Shoes

He then sniffed the flip-flops as he masturbated, admitting he has had a fetish for footwear since he was a teenager.

Officers from Bang Si Muang Police Station found 126 pairs of flip-flops at the man’s room.

A relative told officers the man suffers from mental health issues and was likely off his meds when he stole the shoes.

It was unclear if the any of the “used” flip-flops would be returned to their owners.

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