FABULOUS 103FM HEADLINE NEWS (4 MAY 2023) FROM THAILAND & PATTAYA
The ex -husband of Thailand’s “cyanide Sarah” has been arrested according to the deputy national police chief . Real name Sararat, the woman is charged with multiple cases of poisoning people with cyanide after borrowing money from them. Previous reports indicated that the couple are divorced but still living together. Now, we are told, he has been fired from the police force and charged with crimes related to the poisonings. The 39 year old Police Lt. Colonel is said to have also pawned a vehicle belonging to her ex boyfriend, who was also poisoned. This as forensics teams confirmed that tea bags, found in her vehicle, contained cyanide and are presumed to have been one of the ways she slipped the poison to others.
Myanmar pardons more than 2000 political dissidents
In neighboring Myanmar the military government there has pardoned some two thousand prisoners held over the past 2 years on charges of dissent. With the warning that repeat offenders wil face jail again, it’s considered that the release is a result of pressure from outside sources. Former leader Ang Sung is not released and the announcement followed a visit by the Chinese Foreign Minister this week. In recent months the number of attacks by the military there on rebel bases close to the Thai border has seen thousands flee here to escape, before returning after the attacks ended.
Facebook hotel scam EXPOSED
Thailand’s cybercrime division has warned of the increasing number of cases where members of the public see, and later book, accommodation which turns out to be fake. Scammers are stealing photos of venues, such as private houses, and offering them up for rent, securing a 50% deposit but having nothing to do with the owners. It’s only on arrival that people realise they have been scammed and all are advised to use recognized booking services, such as Agoda.
Crazy Brit attacks Australian pensioner in Pattaya
Meanwhile at home and in Pattaya’s oldest night venue, Tahitian Queen on the seafront, a drunken Englishman stripped off in the early evening and for whatever reason smashed a beer bottle over the head of a 77 year old Australian, leading to his being “Restrained” by those in the bar until police arrived. Before the incident, he had already been helped by others to get dressed again and had also lashed out at other customers. Detained by the police, if he faces a court hearing, it won’t be until after the 4 day weekend. And that alone means that he will be in police cells until then.
Investigations continue into Pattaya casino ‘bribes’
The superintendent of Pattaya police has stated that anyone who received any money as a bribe from the, now firmly closed, Indian Casino will be prosecuted. This follows claims that over 2 million baht was paid to so-called “fixers” who promised to protect the illegal casino where close to one hundred Indians were arrested. From India we are now seeing reports claiming that the couple here, charged with organising the events were funded by a notorious Indian gambler who, conveniently, was one of those arrested during the raids.
Booze ban this weekend in Thailand
From 6PM Saturday for a 24 hour period, sales of alcohol in shops, bars and restaurants is forbidden as the first round of voting takes place for Thailand’s new government. It’s standard procedure here and has been for decades as, traditionally, it’s hoped that the public will be sober when voting.
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