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Phuket illegal cab driver Paitoon Kruain wins a suspended sentence

Mall Massacre Payback Time; Kill Corruption, PM Tells Police; Viet War Winner Giap Dies

Saturday, October 5, 2013 Unidentified foreign commandos have launched a night raid on a militant base in the south Somali town of Barawe from the sea, reports say. Al-Shabab claimed a deadly attack on a shopping centre in neighboring Kenya last month, which left at least 67 people dead. Burger off! The village of Tecoma, 35km east of Melbourne, has become a symbolic international battleground between McDonald's and community protesters over the construction of a 24-hour drive-through restaurant.

PhuketWATCH Daily Media Wrap

PHUKET: The daily wrap of Thailand news, with a Phuket perspective, plus relevant reports from national and international media. Beware of inconsistent imitations. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has asked police authorities to clamp down on the practice of officers buying positions within the force. The premier said she wanted to see the police force become corruption-free. She said laws must be effectively enforced to ensure the safety of foreign tourists when Thailand enters the Asean Economic Community in 2015.

upi Massive flooding in Thailand has claimed the lives of 30 people and has affected as many as three million people, officials said. Water levels in Bangkok could rise by two metres over the next two weeks. Vo Nguyen Giap, the Vietnamese military commander who organised the army that defeated the French and then the Americans in 30 years of Southeast Asian warfare, died October 4 in Hanoi at 102. Giap fought France's colonial forces then the US to establish a Vietnam free of Western domination.

Phuket People

PAITOON Kruain, 32, accused of molesting a captive 19-year-old Chinese tourist over five hours in his illegal Phuket taxi in May while high on drugs and alcohol, was set free on a good behavior bond and will have to report to police each month after guilty pleas halved his sentence to 13 months plus a 10,500 baht fine. It was his first offence. He cannot apply to drive a taxi legally until 2018, a transport official said. Some Chinese tourists visiting the US during the week-long National Day holiday have complained of a lack of spots to visit after the US government closed hundreds of federally funded sites and are seeking compensation. In a startling demonstration of just how far graft in Indonesia has reached, investigators nabbed the chief justice of the Constitutional Court, which sits side by side with the Supreme Court as one of the two highest courts in the land. We know the oceans are warming. We know they are acidifying. And now, to cap it all, it turns out they are suffocating, too. A new health check on the state of the oceans warns that they will have lost as much as 7 per cent of their oxygen by the end of the century. Coral reefs could be irreversibly destroyed in 50 to 100 years, with marine ecosystems increasingly taken over by jellyfish and toxic algal blooms. China's Prime Minister Li Keqiang is visiting Thailand between October 11-13 at the invitation of the Thai government. Li's trip will mark his first visit to Thailand after assuming his position in March 2013. It is alleged that Glenn Defense Marine CEO Leonard Francis plied US Navy commanders with prostitutes, luxury hotels and, on one occasion, Lady Gaga tickets. In return they passed on classified information of planned US ship visits and played a role in influencing the timing of those visits so that Glenn Defense could position itself to secure the maximum possible payment for rendering services to those ships. A photograph hailed as ''the best ever taken of the Loch Ness monster'' has been revealed to be an elaborate hoax by its creator. Italy vowed to press for increased help with protecting the EU's southern border as Europe confronted one of the worst tragedies in its decades-long migrant crisis. More than 300 people are believed to have died after a boat crammed full of migrants sank off the island of Lampedusa. Too many people are dying in their attempts to reach safety in Europe and much more needs to be done to address the root causes of why people risk their lives. Staying at home - or ''going back to where they came from'' - is not an option. Pop star Miley Cyrus has hit back at Sinead O'Connor, after the Irish singer warned her not to be exploited by the music business. In a series of tweets, Cyrus mocked O'Connor, comparing her to US actress Amanda Bynes before alluding to O'Connor's mental health problems. Sinead O'Connor has written a third venomous letter to Miley Cyrus demanding an apology and predicting the child star will end up in rehab. Millionaire PR guru Max Clifford denied a string of historical sex attacks on seven girls - then criticised the legal system for giving his accusers anonymity. Clifford, 70, is alleged to have indecently assaulted the 14 to 19-year-olds between 1966 and 84. An investigation is under way after a police chase through the heart of Washington DC ended with an unarmed woman shot dead and two officers hurt. The woman had a one-year-old girl in the car. This year's 2013 Pattaya Ladyboy Water-Volleyball Competition is slated for Saturday, October 26. Last year more than 40 ladyboys from various bars around Pattaya and one team from Phuket netted 285,854 baht for charity.

Phuket World Sports Wrap Arsene Wenger and David Moyes both expect World Cup 2022 in Qatar to be moved to the winter but warn that the Premier League will have to make sacrifices to compensate for such an event. England look set to miss out on being World Cup seeds next summer, even if they qualify automatically for Brazil. World governing body FIFA have now confirmed that the nations to join hosts Brazil as the eight top seeds will be decided solely by the world ranking list that will be published on October 17.

Phuket Coming Events 2013

Until October 13 Phuket Vegetarian Festival

October 6 Phuket FC v Gulf Saraburi FC

October 12 Phuket Soi Dogs Foundation 10th anniversary party, Andara

October 19PTT Rayong V Phuket FC

October 23 Chulalongkorn Memorial Day

October 26 Phuket Navy League Margaritaville-Parrot Head Party 8pm, Underwood Art Factory, bypass road

October 26 Phuket Fc V Rayong United

October 29-November 3 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour, Karon

October 31 Halloween

November 2 Nakhonrachasima FC V Phuket FC

November 5 Melbourne Cup Day

November 8-9 Islamic New year celebrations, opposite Phuket Provincial Hall

November 17 Loy Kratong Day

November 24-December 1 Challenge Laguna Phuket Tri-Fest. Laguna Phuket

December 5 HM The King's birthday

December 26 Commemoration of 2004 Asian Tsunami

Phuket Coming Events 2014

January 9-12 Phuket International Boat Show, Royal Phuket Marina

September 24-October 2 Vegetarian Festival, Phuket

November 14-21 Fourth Asia Beach Games, Phuket


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Ed, am I reading article regarding illegal taxi driver correctly, when I assume he got a suspended sentence?
If that's the case it makes you wonder what evil you have to commit to get a real jail sentence.
What this man did was just horrible, keeping a young woman in his car and molesting her for five hours . She must've been terrified!
Not sure this will do a lot for the much sought after Chinese tourist industry.

Posted by Sudo Nim on October 5, 2013 08:44

Editor Comment:

The judge is in the best position to decide. The court's role is to deal with each case on its merits. Readers are, of of course, entitled to their opinions but it's against the law to challenge court decisions.


Ed: "it's against the law to challenge court decisions".

Then what are appeal courts and judicial reviews for?

Posted by Pete on October 5, 2013 09:38

Editor Comment:

Perhaps i need to make some points clearer for the benefit of pedants.


"She said laws must be effectively enforced to ensure the safety of foreign tourists when Thailand enters the Asean Economic Community in 2015."

Some of us foreign tourists would prefer that laws be effectively enforced to ensure our safety starting about now.

Posted by Treelover on October 5, 2013 15:05


"He cannot apply to drive a taxi legally until 2018, a transport official said."
so now he'll have to just carry on being an illegal taxi driver as he was at the time of the offence.. poor thing!!

Posted by another steve on October 5, 2013 23:28


The problem with buying police posts is, that you will have difficulties to find higher rank police who did not do it. And these people should put an end to it. That's alittle bit funny. Make an amnesty for every wrong doing, if admitted publicly, then rise their wages and then let them prosecute the rest, that did not admit. Check the watches, cars, houses, school tuitions, holiday expenses.... And aim for highest ranks first. Then it will trickle down.

Posted by Lena on October 5, 2013 23:44


@Lena ... yes it is a system with a lot of inertia because who wants to sit back with the "monkey" being the ones that paid a large amount for a position and not being able to claw it back somehow via kickbacks and corruption ? For most of the positions the salaries are small and they can not get their monies back that way...And it is not only in the police they are paying for higher positions it is everywhere in the administrative system.

Posted by Sailor on October 6, 2013 12:24

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