An Islamic non-profit organization stated that 22,000 children in Thailand’s three southernmost provinces are orphans because of the area’s warring factions. More money and government help is needed for the stranded children, the foundation urged.
A Lamsalee game café supervisor and a gay bar worker in the Bangkok gay district were arrested for the sexual abuse of minors. The 34-year-old bar worker confessed to paying 100 to 200 baht for sex with boys in the café.
A Pattaya police captain apologized to two 17-year-old boys after they were roughly detained by the Pattaya volunteer police, who suspected them of recent thefts on soi Buakhao. The boys were freed after a theft victim said they were not the culprits.
A 52-year-old Norwegian and his young Thai girlfriend were killed in a motorbike crash on a highway bridge near Pattaya. The man lost control of the bike, which hit the edge of the bridge. Both died instantly from the violent impact.
A Belgian man weighing almost 200 kg apparently fell in his bathroom and died after hitting his head on the floor. His Thai girlfriend told police he had heart disease. Police found no signs of injuries on the man’s body, which was transported to the morgue at Banglamung hospital.
Military branches and wives’ organizations held an opening ceremony to honor the Queen’s 80th birthday with charitable projects for autistic children. The year-long projects combine horse-riding therapy with treatment inside an atmospheric pressure chamber at Sattahip naval hospital.
A 21-year-old Burmese man cut the neck of an infant girl living in a construction workers camp in Samrong, apparently to avenge a beating by the girl’s uncle. He had earlier attacked the uncle with two swords but was beaten and escaped, only to return later to hurt the girl.
A man tried to rape a woman using the restroom at a petrol pump station on Theraprasit Road. He climbed over the wall of the restroom and tried to rape her, beating her as she fought and screamed for help. He eventually fled into the darkness.
The inaugural Pattaya Journalists Association held a gala grand opening at the Diana Garden Resort. The intent of the PJA is to bring together the disparate Pattaya media that has historically battled each other. The grand opening party’s theme was “The Day We Have Been Waiting For.”
Two men were arrested for a rash of burglaries and drug dealing in the Sattahip navy camp housing area. The men targeted the navy camp due to the lack of police presence there. One suspect confessed to nearly 20 burglaries, and the other was caught with 1,000 amphetamine pills.
The Mekong Riverine Unit seized almost two tons of sticky rice smuggled from Laos through the Mekong River. No one was arrested, although a local politician unsuccessfully pleaded with MRU forces to release the shipment of rice.
A Walking Street merchant stall owner trying to report a violent dispute with her landlords got angry when she was kept waiting for two hours at the Muang Pattaya police station. So she splashed poop all over the floor, stinking up the police station, before walking away.
After 12 years, police still have no suspects in the Chiang Mai rape and murder of a 23-year-old British tourist. Her desperate mother has offered a reward of 10,000 British pounds to anyone who can provide information about the killer.
A depressed 70-year-old German man whose cancer-stricken son committed suicide in July tried to join his son in death by stabbing himself in the chest. He wrote a suicide note saying he could not live with his sadness. He was found by the house maid and rushed to the hospital.
Several project honoring the King and Queen’s philosophy of a sufficient economy as well as conserving resources were announced at a festive ceremony in Sattahip to honor the Qeen for her 80th birthday. Planned events include the planting of rice seedlings on Mother’s Day and harvesting the rice on Father’s Day.
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More than 318 seized luxury cars were auctioned by the customs facility, which expected to collect about 300 million baht from the auction. The cars were seized from criminals by customs and other government offices. Models of auctioned cars included Porsche, Bentley, Ferrari and Mercedes-Benz.
Two Thai men were sentenced to life in prison for the senseless violent killing of a 60-year-old female Australian tourist in Phuket to pay a 300 THB bar bill. They avoided execution by confessing to their crime. They had previously been convicted for possession and use of crystal methamphetime or “ice.”
Two Iranian men were arrested for stealing more than 200,000 THB from many Pattaya banks. The men would exchange money into 1,000 THB banknotes, then ask to selectively pick banknotes with a “T” marking. They would secretly steal some bills and return a lesser amount to the bank teller.
Police arrested a 20-year-old man who admitted being a collector for a South Pattaya loan shark. The loan shark is accused of charging excessive interest rates and using violence to collect money. The man said their interest rate was 20 percent and he denied hurting any customers.