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Motorcycle taxi rider Treerapon Kerinn is arrested for murder today

Phuket Killing: Wanted Taxi Rider Nabbed for Murder of Nameless Expat in Patong

Friday, November 16, 2012
PHUKET: Police arrested a man today who was wanted over the killing of an expat in a parking dispute in Patong in January.

The expat - name and nationality unknown - was beaten to death in a dispute over parking in Soi Sansabai in January.

The killing was not reported publicly until April, when Patong deputy mayor Chairat Sukban mentioned the death at a meeting about the future management of Soi Sansabai, a private road.

At 1am today, Patong police arrested Treerapon Kerinn, 24, who was wanted for allegedly committing the killing.

Officers nabbed Khun Treerapon outside the Max Guesthouse in Soi Ratchapathanusorn, not far from Soi Sansabai.

It is believed Khun Treerapon fled to his home province of Ranong, on the border with Burma, after the killing.

Recently, thinking the heat was off, he returned to Patong and resumed his old work as a motorcycle taxi driver.

Khun Treerapon was being questioned at Kathu Police Station, which oversees Patong, today. It is believed he will shortly face court accused of murder.

Still puzzling is how the killing could have taken place without being publicly reported.

Because the identity of the victim is not known by Phuketwan or other media, we also don't know whether the man's embassy was told of the killing at the time.

It also appears the victim's name was not on a list of expat deaths on Phuket supplied to Phuket's honorary consuls by the Phuket Police Commander, a list that is supposed to be comprehensive.

The case flies in the face of efforts by the new Police Commander to make Phuket as safe as possible and to make Phuket policing as transparent as possible.

The names of the two expat tourists who died in the Tiger Discotheque fire - a Frenchman and an Englishman - were also absent from the latest police list of expat deaths on Phuket.

That said, the capture of the man wanted for the killing is a fine example of Phuket police work.

We still wish we had some knowledge of who the victim was and where he was from.

Back in April, Deputy Mayor Chairat said that the foreign man died in Patong Hospital after being badly beaten in Soi Sansabai in a dispute over where he could find his motorcycle, parked in the soi.

Readers commented to Phuketwan that disputes about motorcycle parking in the soi were regular occurrences and that sometimes voioence ensued.

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IHopefully justice may now be done but who WAS that mystery victim and what happened to them. We may never know.

Posted by Mister Ree on November 16, 2012 17:11

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"Still puzzling is how the killing could have taken place without being publicly reported."

Was an ambulance called? Were the police present? There's your answer.

Posted by Buster on November 16, 2012 17:43

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I regularly visit Patong and always grab a car from Budget at the Patong Merlin. The amount of times the tuk tuk drivers give me share time for parking in "their" street is ridiculous. Has not stopped me yet though, although it is always a quick pick up or drop off as I don't want to come back to a burnt out hire car..... Phuket tuk tuk drivers are generally a troubled lot. The day there is genuine option I will be hysterically happy !!!

Posted by Oz on November 16, 2012 17:44

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I hope -Phuketwan- stays on that story.
Details? On the other side, good police work on the end to get the culprit. But, why could nobody get him in his Ranong hiding place for more than 6 month? aa

Posted by Alfred on November 16, 2012 23:21

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"That said, the capture of the man wanted for the killing is a fine example of Phuket police work".
You have GOT to be kidding....!

Posted by Ted Davis on November 17, 2012 01:25

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I hope he's not released on bail so he can flee back to Rayong or wherever. I wonder if this story is getting any coverage in the news outside of Thailand.

Posted by fw on November 17, 2012 09:00

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Good job to the 3 police officers. they are the type of police Patong needs. Real cops.

Posted by Jay on November 17, 2012 09:59

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Some people witnessed it, many knew of it and yet yes, nobody said anything or saw it being reported? The frequent fighting between the parking mafia, taxi's and tourists is unfortunately part and parcel of Sansabai, how many times i have personally seen people hiding in some of the local hotel lobbies whilst the mobs assemble getting tooled up with knuckle dusters, bats etc beyond belief!

Posted by Anonymous on November 17, 2012 10:27

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""That said, the capture of the man wanted for the killing is a fine example of Phuket police work".
You have GOT to be kidding....!"

And why would that be? Somebody is wanted, the police catches him, sounds good to me.

Posted by stevenl on November 17, 2012 11:32

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Killed in January. Not mentioned until April (which may have been a slip of the tongue ? Pure speculation). And not arrested until November despite the latter notoriety and probable witnesses. Very worrying. Glad they got him but I'm not feeling safe.

Posted by James on November 17, 2012 17:44

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So, not a rumour after all. Maybe next time a bit more footwork by the reporters.

Posted by FS on November 19, 2012 08:51

Editor Comment:

Next time, FS, a telephone call from a real person would help. Like all the other do-nothings, FS, you did nothing . . . We won't be told what to do by do-nothings.

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Dear Mr. Governor, dear Mr. Major-General of the Phuket Police Force,

can I make a suggestion? But first things first, thank you for not let go this case and solving it. Good work.

But my suggestion is more about preventing stuff like this and keeping Phukets image not depending on preventing any publicity of this murder for parking in the heart of Patong. It is more like bring in civilized rules of engagement to the professionals of transport services on Phuket.

If parking lot or ticket costs trouble happens, that tourists/expats or locals are beaten by Taxi/Tuktuk/motorbike drivers, make it mandatory, that they lose this place for their parking and doing business for the next 6 months, paid for or not. Next time forever. Make them clear, they loose whole streets for their services, if beatings keep on occurring.

If problems arises, they - as they are the professionals here - should call the police to mediate a problem or let them take care of drunken idiotic tourists. They should not be allowed to beat up the guys, no matter what.

If they knew, they lose their place for sure, the others will stop the hotheads and their bosses will stop them too. Even the corrupt parties will stop them too, as they will lose payments too. Would be a win win.

Brutal tourists mob beatings should definitely bring a big backlash by your "union", by your trade. No need for "Evil taxi-men in Patong".

Please Mr. Governor, Mr. Major-General, develop and put in the place new rules of engagement. For all the parties of interest.

Posted by Lena on November 19, 2012 15:23

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(Re FS comment) Editor, I thought you had pledged to stop trolling your own readers...

Posted by matt on November 19, 2012 16:17

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I sent you an email explaining there were a lot of witnesses at soi sansabai.
You dismissed it as a rumour. Hope you publish this 1 too altough i don't think so.

Posted by FS on November 21, 2012 09:22

Editor Comment:

Your email gave us no information, just repeated the talk around Patong. If you were so certain a killing had taken place, why didn't you go to the police?

Here's the email exchange. We get these kinds of emails quite often and don't react unless people have reliable information.

Dear editor,

Could you tell me why there is no report about the killing of a farang on soi sansabai by a couple of motorcycle taxis last monday. Is there any censorship?

greetings a reader

Hello,

We've heard nothing about it except rumors. These ''killings'' happen every so often and people ask us what we know and why it's not being reported. If you have some evidence for a murder, please tell us. Without evidence, it's just a rumor. My advice would be to ask the next person who mentions it for more details.

cheers,
Alan.


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