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  • Man jailed for murdering wife of 28 years

    A man who suffocated his wife of 28 years with a hotel pillow has been jailed for at least 12 and a half years. Soong Hert Fong, 51, killed Pek Ying Ling at the County Aparthotel in Newcastle on 6 December. The couple from Singapore were on holiday when Fong...

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    A man who suffocated his wife of 28 years with a hotel pillow has been jailed for at least 12 and a half years.

    Soong Hert Fong, 51, killed Pek Ying Ling at the County Aparthotel in Newcastle on 6 December.

    The couple from Singapore were on holiday when Fong killed his 51-year-old wife, Newcastle Crown Court heard.

    He was sentenced to life with a minimum term after admitting murder partway through a trial.

    The couple were touring Europe and had been visiting Newcastle to see one of their sons who was studying at university in the city.

    Fong told the court he “just lost it” when he pinned his wife to the bed and forced a pillow over her face just hours before they were due to fly to Paris.

    He had required hospital treatment after several falls during their trip and had been unhappy with his wife’s comments that he was not taking care of himself.

    Prosecutors alleged he killed her “to stop her scolding him or nagging him or to keep her quiet”.

    Soong Hert Fong
    Image caption,Soong Hert Fong admitted murder partway through a trial at Newcastle Crown Court

    The trial heard Fong was a “loving and devoted husband” with no history of domestic abuse.

    While holidaying on the Isle of Skye he suffered a “significant fall” which left him with ongoing medical issues.

    He collapsed three times in the Newcastle hotel room and was taken to hospital before being discharged with “ongoing muscular pain”.

    ‘Out of character’

    The Recorder of Newcastle Judge Paul Sloan QC cited messages from one of the couple’s sons the on night of the murder in which he told his mother not to “scold” her husband.

    “Out of genuine concern for your wellbeing, your wife didn’t heed her son’s advice,” the judge told Fong.

    “By the time you arrived back at your room you remained in very considerable pain and discomfort. You were physically and mentally worn down.

    “Your wife, who will have been just as anxious and concerned, didn’t let matters rest.”

    The judge said it did not excuse what happened but may have “shed some considerable light upon why a normally loving, caring, protective, patient and gentle man should behave in a way which was so utterly and completely out of character”.

    The murder would have lasted “minutes not seconds”, he said.

    County Aparthotel in Newcastle where Mrs Pek was found
    Image caption,Soong Hert Fong murdered Pek Ying Ling at the County Aparthotel in Newcastle

    ‘Adored each other’

    One of the couple’s sons, Aloysius, read a statement in court saying he and his three brothers had “lost both parents at the same time”, adding: “All of mum’s family are heartbroken.

    “They also view my dad as their son and want him to return safely to Singapore when he is allowed to.

    “We are all devastated about what has happened here in Newcastle.

    “Me and my girlfriend have always looked at my parents’ relationship as an inspiration to us, and that has not changed.

    “Anyone who knew them could see how they adored each other.”

    Toby Hedworth QC, mitigating, said Fong was “bewildered, devastated and broken” and “unable to understand how he could have done such a thing”.

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    12 August 2022
    Crime
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  • Actors in porn movies arrested update

    The Thai Daily News reported an arrest over the shooting of a pornographic film shot in a luxury villa in Sattahip. Lieutenant General Kornchai Khlaikhleung, the chief commissioner of the so-called cyber police led the raid. Arrested were Long Lee, a 33-year-old Chinese man, Ajong also a 24-year-old man of Chinese...

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    The Thai Daily News reported an arrest over the shooting of a pornographic film shot in a luxury villa in Sattahip. Lieutenant General Kornchai Khlaikhleung, the chief commissioner of the so-called cyber police led the raid.

    Arrested were Long Lee, a 33-year-old Chinese man, Ajong also a 24-year-old man of Chinese descent who acted as an interpreter, along with the actor and actress named only as “A and B”, aged 20 and 24, respectively.

    As evidence, cameras, lighting equipment and items used to make porn movies were confiscated.

    The arrest was the result of a fraud and computer crime investigation that suggested a Chinese group was shooting pornographic films in the Pattaya and Bangkok areas. The Chinese group was looking for local actors and actresses for movies made for website and TV streaming.

    Cyber ​​police detectives discovered that the group had rented a villa with a swimming pool in Sattahip, so a search warrant was quickly issued.

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    “A” the male talent had paid 6,000 baht daily for his role, but “B” received 20,000 baht.

    They had been filming for several days when they were arrested and charged with conspiracy to produce pornographic material and taken for prosecution.

    They have all admitted their “disgrace”.

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    12 August 2022
    Crime
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  • RATS are the new delicacy

    When Somkiart Sukhamtha lost his factory job because of the Covid pandemic, he found RATS were a new way to make a living. The 34-year-old resident of Huanakham Pattana village in Huai Thalaeng district shifted to raising edible noo na or noo phook (Bandicoot rats) to feed himself and his...

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    When Somkiart Sukhamtha lost his factory job because of the Covid pandemic, he found RATS were a new way to make a living.

    The 34-year-old resident of Huanakham Pattana village in Huai Thalaeng district shifted to raising edible noo na or noo phook (Bandicoot rats) to feed himself and his family after he became unemployed three months ago.

    Now, he earns more than 10,000 baht a month from raising paddy field rats at his farm.

    Mr Somkiart said noo na rats were commonly found in paddy fields in the past and local residents often caught them for cooking. They are larger than other rats, with the greater Bandicoot rat weighing 500 grammes or more.

    Farmers also consider the rodents aggressive pests, and consequently the rat population in fields has dwindled in recent years because of chemical use.

    But people still enjoy the meat of the Bandicoot rat, and that got Mr Somkiart thinking about the commercial possibilities.

    After doing some research on how to breed the edible rats, he purchased some from a local resident and saw that they reproduced quickly.

    His farm now has more than 400 Bandicoot rats, which he raises in cement tanks.


    Noo na or noo phook (Bandicoot rats) yield a handsome profit for a former factory worker. (Photo: Prasit Tangprasert)

    Mr Somkiart says he starts by putting a pair of rats in each tank for about 25 days and letting nature take its course. A female can produce up to 10 litters per year, usually with 8-10 rat pups at a time.

    After four months, the babies weigh 500 to 600 grammes and can be sold, he added.

    It costs him about 50 baht to raise each rat. The meatcan fetch 200-250 baht a kilogramme. If the rats are sold for breeding, prices would be 800 baht a pair, which yields a handsome profit, said Mr Somkiart.

    The factory worker-turned-rat farm owner said there is high demand for Bandicoot rats, particularly from restaurants and those who are fond of eating the traditional rodent delicacy. – Bangkok Post

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    12 August 2022
    Food
    https://pattayaone.news/?p=187888
  • Thai PM leads officials to celebrate HM the Queen Mother’s 90th birthday

    Prime minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and his wife led ministers, the presidents of parliament and the privy council, commanders of the three armed forces and the police, as well as their spouses, to perform a merit-making ceremony at Sanam Luang this morning (Friday), to celebrate the 90th birthday of Her Majesty...

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    Prime minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and his wife led ministers, the presidents of parliament and the privy council, commanders of the three armed forces and the police, as well as their spouses, to perform a merit-making ceremony at Sanam Luang this morning (Friday), to celebrate the 90th birthday of Her Majesty the Queen Mother, which is also celebrated as the country’s Mother’s Day.

    Alms were presented to 91 monks from various temples in Bangkok at the ceremonial ground at Sanam Luang. Later, the prime minister and other senior officials went to the Grand Palace to sign a book to express good wishes to the Queen Mother.

    Image Credit: Thai Government’s Facebook page

    The Grand Palace will be open until Saturday for members of the public who wish to sign the book of good wishes.

    At 7.19pm, the prime minister and his wife and other senior government officials will join members of the public at Sanam Luang in a candle-lit ceremony to their express good wishes to the Queen Mother.

    A similar event is to be held in all provinces across the country.

    Image Credit: Thai Government’s Facebook page

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    12 August 2022
    National
    https://pattayaone.news/?p=187885
  • Pubs closed down by police found to be operating illegally

    A number of pubs in Bangkok’s Sukhumvit area, which were closed down by the police for operating without a license and/or for violating COVID-19 safety measures between November 2019 and April last year, have been found to be still operating illegally, according to an on-the-spot investigation by Thai PBS reporters....

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    A number of pubs in Bangkok’s Sukhumvit area, which were closed down by the police for operating without a license and/or for violating COVID-19 safety measures between November 2019 and April last year, have been found to be still operating illegally, according to an on-the-spot investigation by Thai PBS reporters.

    For instance, a pub located at the mouth of Sukhumvit Soi 22 in Klong Toey district was closed in November 2019, after Thonglor police found that it did not have a permit to sell liquor and did not have a pub license. After a long closure during the COVID-19 pandemic, it reopened again as the situation improved, but was closed again by the police.

    Another pub, located in Soi Thonglor 13, was closed after Thonglor police searched the venue on April 1st last year and was discovered not to have an operating license and was failing to comply with safety measures, with a lack of social distancing and staff not wearing face masks. The venue features live music and dance performances. Another 60-day closure order was issued after the venue has failed to meet the legal requirements.

    Thai PBS reporters recorded the presence of a few security guards in front of this pub, directing patron traffic. A few police motorcycles were found among other motorcycles at the location and men, who dressed like policemen, were seen at the entrance of the pub.

    A third pub in the Thonglor area visited by the reporters, which was closed last March for operating without a license and violating COVID-19 safety measures, remains shuttered.

    Police in Bangkok have tightened up on spot checks of night spots after the fatal August 5th fire at the Mountain B pub in Sattahip district of Chon Buri, which has led to the deaths of 17 people so far and dozens of injuries, including some people who were critically injured currently on life-support system in hospitals.

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    12 August 2022
    National
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  • Sri Lanka’s ousted president arrives in Thailand for temporary stay

    Former Sri Lankan president Gotabaya Rajapaksa arrived in Thailand on Thursday,  as he seeks temporary shelter in a second Southeast Asian country after fleeing his island nation last month amid mass protests. Rajapaksa arrived at Bangkok’s Don Mueang airport on a chartered flight from Singapore after the city-state’s immigration authority said in a statement on Thursday he had...

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    Former Sri Lankan president Gotabaya Rajapaksa arrived in Thailand on Thursday,  as he seeks temporary shelter in a second Southeast Asian country after fleeing his island nation last month amid mass protests.

    Rajapaksa arrived at Bangkok’s Don Mueang airport on a chartered flight from Singapore after the city-state’s immigration authority said in a statement on Thursday he had left Singapore.

    Rajapaksa is expected to stay temporarily in Thailand after fleeing Sri Lanka for Singapore on July 14. He resigned from office shortly afterwards following unprecedented unrest over his government’s handling of the worst economic crisis in seven decades, and days after thousands of protesters stormed the president‘s official residence and office.

    Thai authorities said the former military officer, who is the first Sri Lankan head of state to quit mid-term, had no intention of seeking political asylum and would only stay temporarily.

    “This is a humanitarian issue and there is an agreement that it’s a temporary stay,” Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha told reporters on Wednesday. Rajapaksa could not participate in any political activities while in Thailand, Prayut said.

    Thailand‘s Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai said the Sri Lankan government supported Rajapaksa’s trip to Thailand, adding that the former president‘s diplomatic passport would allow him to stay for 90 days.

    He said that the former president can stay in a hotel, a rented apartment or house, while admitting one potential issue, that being the Sri Lankan people in Thailand.

    As a host country, Don said that Thailand can reject his request to enter Thailand but, after careful consideration and as long as he does not cause any problems during his stay here, he can stay in Thailand for up to 90 days.

    Rajapaksa has made no public appearances or comment since leaving Sri Lanka. Reuters was not able to immediately contact him.

    Sri Lanka’s economic crisis is a result of several factors including COVID-19, which battered its tourism-reliant economy and slashed remittances from workers overseas, rising oil prices, populist tax cuts and a seven-month ban on the import of chemical fertilisers last year that devastated agriculture.

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    12 August 2022
    Breaking News
    https://pattayaone.news/?p=187879
  • Foreigner hunted for fishing parrotfish

    A TikTok video clip of a foreign man catching parrotfish somewhere in the sea off Thailand left Thai netizens outraged on Thursday. Thai netizens were furious after the story was posted on the popular Mor Lab Panda Facebook page and demanded legal action. Most netizens slammed the foreigner, saying that...

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    A TikTok video clip of a foreign man catching parrotfish somewhere in the sea off Thailand left Thai netizens outraged on Thursday.

    Thai netizens were furious after the story was posted on the popular Mor Lab Panda Facebook page and demanded legal action.

    Most netizens slammed the foreigner, saying that his actions were against the law and destroyed the marine ecosystem. They also called on government agencies to take legal action against the foreigner and the boatman.

    Meanwhile, the Facebook page “Drama-addict” shared the data from the Department of National Parks Wildlife and Plant Conservation, which said that the catching of parrotfish for entertainment or cooking had caused the destruction of many coral reefs.

    “The department also urged people not to purchase or consume parrotfish,” the page said, “People can inform national park officials to take legal action against anyone who hunts parrotfish in the national park area.”

    The page added that anyone who harms or takes animals away from the national park area would face up to five years’ imprisonment or up to a 20,000 baht fine, or both, under Section 16(3) of the National Park Act BE 2504 (1961). – The Nation

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    12 August 2022
    Crime
    https://pattayaone.news/?p=187876
  • Paedophile who raped boy, 7, at water park cries as he’s handed 21 year jail term

    A paedophile who subjected a young boy to a three-year ‘campaign of rape’ has been jailed for longer than many murderers. Oliver Roughley, 24, began sexually abusing the child when he was aged as young a seven, and raped him at a water park. He groomed him by buying him...

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    A paedophile who subjected a young boy to a three-year ‘campaign of rape’ has been jailed for longer than many murderers.

    Oliver Roughley, 24, began sexually abusing the child when he was aged as young a seven, and raped him at a water park.

    He groomed him by buying him presents including toy cars and teddy bears, and used violence to keep him quiet, including by twisting his arm behind his back.

    Then in his late-teens, the predator kept a pair of the boy’s underwear in his bedroom and sent him messages saying that he loved him.

    Roughley, from St Helens, Merseyside, first assaulted the boy when he was aged seven, and ‘told him not to tell anyone or he would go to jail and never see him again’.

    Roughley’s abuse escalated to raping the youngster in the cubicles of swimming baths in South Liverpool and Splash World in Southport.

    He told the boy he would leave him stranded at these locations if he did not yield to his perverted desires.

    Roughley also performed sex acts on him and gave him love bites, with the abuse continuing until he was aged nine.

    A general view of Liverpool Crown Court where Barry Bennell is due to stand trial over a string of child sex allegations.
    A member of staff at Liverpool Crown Court appeared visibly shaken after hearing details of the case (Picture: PA)

    Police later discovered 32 pictures of the boy naked in the defendant’s bedroom – some of which also showed the sex offender – on his phone.

    Additional indecent images of other children were found on his computer. But Roughley still denies having committed the vile offences.

    Many horrific details heard in Liverpool Crown Court are too horrific to publish, and a member of staff present during the hearing appeared to be visibly shaken by them.

    A statement read out on behalf of the boy’s mum highlighted the ‘massive impact’ Roughley’s crime have had.

    She said her son had ‘become a sad and angry boy’ who had tried to take his own life ‘on more than one occasion’.

    The youngster also cannot be hugged by family members as he ‘doesn’t want to be touched’.

    ‘It has ruined him mentally and turned his life upside down,’ the statement said. ‘I don’t know if he will ever recover. My son has been given a life sentence.’

    Meanwhile, a statement penned by his grandma said: ‘How dare you subject our grandson to such pain and hurt for your perverted needs?

    ‘You took his innocence and childhood. You have shown no remorse for your actions and seem to think you have done nothing wrong.’

    Roughley was found unanimously guilty by a jury of four counts of rape, six of sexual assault, one of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, three of producing indecent images, three of making indecent images and one of possession of indecent images after a trial in June.

    He appeared to be shaking his head at points during his sentencing but hung his head, closed his eyes and cried as he learned his fate.

    Sentencing him to 21 years in prison, judge David Swinnerton said: ‘You both groomed and coerced him and bought him things so he didn’t tell.

    ‘You have not only damaged him badly, but his whole family. You have shown no remorse and continue to deny any wrongdoing whatsoever.

    ‘You deny any sexual interest in children. That is plainly a lie.’

    He added: ‘This was predatory, planned persistent sexual abuse of a young child. You acted as a predatory paedophile when the opportunity was presented to you.

    ‘I regard this as a campaign of rape. There was significant planning and extensive grooming behaviour.’

    Roughley was handed an extended licence period of five years and a sexual harm prevention order and notification requirement to run indefinitely.

    He will serve at least two thirds of his sentence before being eligible for release.

    Judge Swinnerton also imposed a lifelong restraining order banning him from contacting the boy or his parents and ordered the forfeiture and destruction of the seized electronic devices.

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    11 August 2022
    Breaking News
    https://pattayaone.news/?p=187873
  • Death toll in Chon Buri pub fire rises to 17

    Another 2 deaths, resulting from the fire at the Mountain B pub in Chon Buri province last Friday, have been confirmed yesterday and today (Thursday), bringing the toll to 17. Twenty nine other people are currently receiving treatment in hospital, with 15 on ventilators. 9 people have already been discharged...

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    Another 2 deaths, resulting from the fire at the Mountain B pub in Chon Buri province last Friday, have been confirmed yesterday and today (Thursday), bringing the toll to 17.

    Twenty nine other people are currently receiving treatment in hospital, with 15 on ventilators. 9 people have already been discharged from hospital.

    Thirteen people died at the site and a total of 55 people were injured.

    Only one door which was narrow was available for visitors and rescuers. It became clear later that there were other entrances and exits but they were locked or blocked.

    The bar owner, who was charged with negligence causing the death of other people and operating a pub without a licence and has been granted bail of 300,000 baht, had agreed to pay 50,000 baht in compensation to each of the families who died and 10,000 to every person injured, according to his lawyer.

    The Mountain B pub caught fire early last Friday morning. The blaze is believed to have been caused by an electrical short circuit near the stage.

    This is one of the deadliest fires in an entertainment venue in Thailand. The worst occurred on New Year’s Day in 2009, in which 66 people died and over 200 were injured.

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    11 August 2022
    National
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  • Thailand’s hotel-based COVID-19 isolation facilities to be phased out from September

    Beginning September 1st, all hotel-based COVID-19 isolation services will be phased out and private and state hospitals will get direct access to supplies of antiviral medication, as the country is transitioning into a post-pandemic period. Prof. Dr. Udom Kachinthorn, chairman of the national reform committee on public health said today...

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    Beginning September 1st, all hotel-based COVID-19 isolation services will be phased out and private and state hospitals will get direct access to supplies of antiviral medication, as the country is transitioning into a post-pandemic period.

    Prof. Dr. Udom Kachinthorn, chairman of the national reform committee on public health said today (Thursday) that both private and state hospitals can claim refunds from the government for the drugs prescribed to COVID -19 patients.

    He said that, as COVID-19 is to be re-classified as an “infectious disease under watch”, instead of a “dangerous infectious disease” on October 1st, pharmacies should have access to antiviral drugs as well, pending an announcement to be issued by the Thai Food and Drug Administration (TFDA), adding that drug stores can dispense the medications to patients, but they need a doctor’s prescription to prevent misuse.

    TFDA Secretary-General Paisarn Dunkum said that they are working on a drug dispensing system, to be applied to pharmacies, under which they can dispense the drugs on doctor’s prescription and they must keep a record of the drugs dispensed.

    Dr. Tharet Karatnairawiwong, director-general of Health Service Support Department, assured the public that the phasing out of the hotel-based isolation facilities will not impact the increasing number of COVID-19 patients in Bangkok, as Thailand has already passed pandemic stage.

    The number of hotel based isolation facilities has already dropped substantially in the past several months, due to the improving situation.

    A ministerial regulation is expected to be issued shortly before September 1st.

    Several thousand new COVID-19 infections, found using rapid antigen tests, are being reported nationwide each day, but most of them are asymptomatic or have only mild symptoms which do not require hospitalisation.

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    11 August 2022
    National
    https://pattayaone.news/?p=187867