Thailand & Pattaya News, from Fabulous 103fm (26 April 2022)
An amazing and speedy outcome to the case against a policeman who crashed into a female doctor on a zebra crossing in Bangkok, killing her before fleeing the scene on his Big Bike, has stunned many Thai’s as his sentence, for reckless driving that caused death, having no tax or insurance on the bike, and excess speeding.. 1 year and 15 days jail. Courts accepted his guilty plea, and as is standard procedure here, reduced his sentence from just over 2 years as a result. His lawyers and father, also a policeman and his direct superior, applied for and got bail, pending an appeal on the sentence. The death of the ophthalmic surgeon has led to road crossing in many areas around the country being better marked and lit. Of his sentence, 2 years, reduced to 1, was for causing the death. The balance of numerous other less severe crimes. The doctor’s family has filed a 762 million baht lawsuit against his employers, the Royal Thai Police.
The Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul has reinforced Thailand’s laws on e-cigarettes for their foreseeable futures. In a discussion on tobacco control he clarified that the ministry will not endorse any plans for legalisation but WOULD set up a committee to investigate whether current laws could be revised. The illegal sale of electronic cigarettes, often on markets, in shops and online, continues to be frowned on.
As the family of a teen, killed in a road accident whilst on a bike and involving a police colonel in the CSD in Nongprue, filed complaints regarding compensation, it has raised questions here that need to be clarified. The Nongprue in question where the police colonel is posted is in Kanchanaburi province and NOT our local area. In their claim, the family claim they were forced to sign documents limiting their share of compensation to just 100K baht, with a claimed threat that otherwise they would get nothing, whilst the balance of the compensation, including insurance, of some 1.3 million, went to the policeman. The family now have legal representation and have filed complaints with the CSD this week, with claims that the dead teens father was forced to open a new bank account to receive the compensation, and then authorise the other party to use the account on his behalf. No response from the other party or his employers was available to the press, however, the policeman has been transferred to a desk job whilst investigations take place.
In Mae Hong Son: police nabbed a local man as he went to a courier service to collect a parcel, spotted by the service as containing ODD GOODS. Police quickly found that it contained parts to make rifles and, it turns out the man was busy building guns, selling them to Burmese on the other side of the border. he claims he bought the parts ONLINE and was a regular customer of a man, whose bank details are now in the hands of the police.
All exam tests for senior students carry a test ID number, so that they can be judged easily by moderators, as indeed in most countries, but HERE some 1000 students are claiming that they were given zero points in their exams after THEY failed to write down the test number. Presumably they remembered to write their names on their test papers but, many claim, it’s the fault of the examiners NOT specifically telling them to write down the test number. Odd tale really as the issue isn’t restricted to one test centre but a smattering of students across the country. Either way, they will all remember to fill in the box marked EXAM NUMBER when they resit the exams.. albeit in a year’s time. Lesson, perhaps, learned.
The case of missing number twos in the city region are still making local headlines. With the mayoral election due soon and all candidates out and about promising the moon and the sun, an independent candidate, who drew number two in the candidate lottery has repeated claims that his banners are being ripped up around the area. Yesterday focused on him meeting with the superintendent at Banglamung police station asking for an update, but, as most focus on getting more votes, the mystery of the missing number two’s continues to baffle authorities who, we are told, have a few clues to work with, mainly due to CCTV.
As the dry season here kicks firmly into gear, locals are reminded NOT to burn grass OR have fires as the risk now is that many will go out of control. Tinder dry conditions mean that even a cigarette butt thrown from a car window could easily start a fire and fire departments are on standby for extra callouts over the coming months when temps of in excess of 40 degrees are predicted.
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