Thailand & Pattaya LATEST NEWS from Fabulous 103fm (7 March 2023)
Poachers jailed for killing and skinning tigers
5 Poachers who shot and killed a tiger and her cub in Kanchanaburi province over a year ago, have been sentenced this week to 5 yrs jail and a fine of 850K, including 750 which will go to the wildlife department. The 5 were caught as they skinned the animals for the meat, having lured them into a trap with a dead cow carcase. Previously bailed on 100K each, all pled guilty for reductions in their sentences.
Tourist awarded 50,000 baht following nightclub attack
An American tourist who didn’t want to pay for water which came with his drinks order in a Khao San road bar, and was subsequently handcuffed by security staff, has received a 50K baht settlement from the bar owner who, we are told, has fired his security team and manager.
Nude woman set alight and stabbed by husband
In Samut Prakan, adjacent to an industrial estate, yesterday afternoon an angry husband chased his wife, who was devoid of clothing who fled from his vehicle, poured petrol over her and set her on fire. As she fled to an escape and tried to douse the flames by jumping into a ditch, he beat and stabbed her to death, according to witnesses. At one point she had begged for help from a minibus driver but the errant husband told the driver to mind his own business as the affair was.. private.
Wild elephant flips truck
In Chachoengsao, motorists did a quick u-turn on a country road after a wild elephant took exception to a covered pickup truck, and proceeded to turn it over. The road, which runs through a wildlife sanctuary, saw drivers coming from both directions scared witless but still managed to record the scene. Word is, no one was hurt.
Rayong party turns into shooting spree
Meanwhile at home and in our own area, Rayong police were called to a home where two erstwhile pals had shot at each other repeatedly, from just a few feet apart, during a drunken evening that turned into an argument. Both were taken to hospital suffering from gunshot wounds to the chest and abdomen with reports indicating that they were each in a coma. Police recovered 22 bullet casings from the scene. No word on the cause of the row.
Heavy traffic congestion after long weekend holiday
All roads out of Pattaya, and the motorway itself, were at times car parks yesterday as the mass exodus following the three day weekend began. Toll booth queues were long by early afternoon and that after drivers struggled to ESCAPE via North, Central and South Pattaya roads to the Sukhumvit. With yesterday a Buddhist holiday and the standard ban on alcohol sales, it was noted by many that marijuana shops stayed open plying their trade without hindrance as, unlike booze, its sale isn’t banned on religious holidays.. YET.
Smog levels deemed unsafe in 36 provinces
Smog levels continue to rise in our region. Over 150 this morning, three times over the so-called safe level set by the state. Better than the capital though where numbers exceeded 180 early this morning. No respite in the next few days either and a haze hangs over much of the area. Thai media report that smog levels are above safe levels in a total of 36 provinces. A lack of rainfall has left many rural areas as potential tinder boxes, and yesterday, to the side of the motorway to Bangkok from Pattaya, a huge fire raged for much of the day.
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