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Man Arrested For Alleged Axe Attack On German Tourist

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Man Arrested For Axe Attack On German Tourist

A Yasothon man was arrested late Wednesday night for allegedly attacking a German tourist with an axe during a botched robbery at a villa on Koh Samui earlier this week.

Food vendor Somchai Duaylai was apprehended after a stand-off with local cops and officers from Koh Samui who tracked him to a room on the outskirts of Bangkok after he fled the island for the capital on Tuesday by motorbike following the alleged attack on the German and the robbery of a British man.

After attempting to barricade himself in his room he then threatened police with a knife and a bottle befoire cops finally managed to cuff him.

He then confessed to breaking and entering a house on Monday night occupied by a German national who was disturbed by the sound of breaking glass and confronted Duaylai and his accomplice.

A fight ensued and Duaylai swung an axe at the unnamed German hitting him on the head and ear. The burglars fled with an empty wallet.

The following night he admitted to breaking into another home belonging to a Brit and stealing 16,000 baht in cash. He then fled Samui by bike for Bangkok in a bid to evade capture.

Thai media reported Duaylai had been convicted and sentenced to five years in prison in 2009 for the rape of a British woman on the holiday island.

He was remanded in custody before being transferred back to Koh Samui on Thursday to be charged ahead of a court appearance.

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Court Reject Lawsuit Against PM By Former Immigration Chief

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Court Reject Lawsuit Against PM By Former Immigration Chief

The Administrative Court of Thailand has rejected the lawsuit filed by former Immigration chief Surachate “Big Joke” Hakparn against Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha over his transfer out of the police force to a job in the civil service in April 2019.

In the suit filed with the court on Sept 22, Surachate claimed there had been no investigation for 17 months into why he was removed from the police force and given a job in the civil service working out of the Prime Ministers office as an advisor.

Big Joke said he fulfilled his duties to “full capacity” as Immigration chief and the various other police departments he headed-up.

He claimed the transfer was illegal and the failure of the Prime Minister to conduct an investigation has hindered his career.

The Administrative Court on Tuesday dismissed the lawsuit stating the PM had no case to answer as the letter sent to the Permanent Secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office by Surachate dated Aug 20 requesting he be reinstated in his role with the Royal Thai Police had a time limit of 90 days for a response.

Surachate filed his lawsuit on Sept 22 before the period of consideration had expired and hadn’t updated the court to the outcome of his requested following the November 18 deadline.

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New Electric Boats Set For Friday Launch

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New Electric Boats Set For Friday Launch

Seven new electric-powered express boats are set to be launched by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration on the Padung Krungkasem canal this Friday.

The boats with service commuters between Thewes and Hua Lamphong piers with each vessel capable of carrying 30 passengers.

New Electric Boats Set For Friday Launch

Boats will run every 15 minutes from 6am to 7pm on weekdays and 8am to 7pm on weekends and will link Chao Phraya ferries and express boats with trains and the MRT at Hua Lamphong station.

The new electric-powered boats will be free of charge to passengers through until May 2021.

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Korean Arrested On Khaosan Road For 2019 Stabbing Of Fellow Countryman

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Korean Arrested On Khaosan Road For 2019 Stabbing Of Fellow Countryman

The prime suspect in the brutal stabbing of a South Korean man in Pattaya 13 months ago has been arrested in Bangkok, according to police.

Keunhui Park, 38, was arrested outside a bar on Khaosan Road on Monday and charged with attempted murder.

Park Jinhyung was found by a taxi driver with multiple stab wounds back in October 2019. He was left in intensive care after being stabbed 17 times.

A warrant for the arrest of Keunhui was issued on the back of information received from the victim’s girlfriend, however, Park fled Pattaya for Bangkok leading to the delay in apprehending him.

Thai media report the vicious attack was over a woman.

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