Thai and Australian police combine to prosecute pedophile
After two months of investigations, both in Thailand and
Australia, the police forces of both countries combined and an arrest was
made of Christopher Ronald White, 47, an Australian, on pedophilia charges.
The arrest came after the initial complaint made by a
16-year-old Lahu Hill Tribe who lived in Mae Suai, Chiang Rai, and informed
officers of Chang Puek Police Station on June 28, 2005 she had been raped
and kept her under his control for the last three years.
Gen. Panupong Singhara Na Ayuthaya, commissioner of the Provincial Police
Bureau Region 5 questions Christopher Ronald White.
Investigation officers of the Provincial Police Bureau
Region 5 contacted Australian police in Thailand to investigate and finally
enough evidence was found to issue an arrest warrant.
Before White was arrested, police in Perth and in
Thailand searched his houses in Thailand and Australia and found several
obscene VCDs, some including proof that White had indeed violated the girl.
White was arrested in his rented house in the Makasan
area, Bangkok on August 23, 2005 by both Australian and Thai police. He
confessed that some of the 35 porn VCDs found in the rented house included a
CD showing his violation of the girl.
White first found her selling flowers in the Night Bazaar
in Chiang Mai three years ago and persuaded the girl to live with him,
promising that he would accept her as his stepdaughter and support her until
she had finished her studies. However, the whole period that she lived with
him she had been raped and abused. Finally, she could take no more and
telling White that she wanted to visit her parents, the girl fled to the
police and told them all that had happened to her.
White admitted that he used to be a policeman in Australia. After moving
to Thailand, he was a consultant to a private detective company and a
lecturer on bomb control and disposal in Thailand.
Culture minister and police in pursuit of naughty picture takers
Minister of Culture Uraiwan Thienthong, visiting
Chiang Mai, seemed fixated by the thought of attractive youngsters
recording their own nude images to exchange or to sell to cell phone
download service shops. Consequently, she assigned officers to closely
monitor this situation.
She warned these children that they should live by
traditional Thai standards and be aware of their family’s reputation,
even though it was a way of earning money.
She said that parents and teachers should also pay
attention to their children and students by warning them not to do this
immoral act - warmth within a family was necessary as it could prevent
social problems for young people, especially as this kind of act may lead
to sexual exchange. She would also like the mass media to criticize these
acts done by the youngsters.
Although downloading nude pictures into cell phones
was popular amidst youngsters, Pol. Col. Chamnan Ruadreuw, deputy
commander of Chiang Mai Provincial Police said that he had commanded
police officers to pursue cases like this and if any evidence was found
identifying the source of those who published nude pictures, he or she
would be punished.
Beware of policemen who would like to borrow your
Chiang Mai ICT City 2005 opens at Central Airport Plaza
Technology development intended to reach international standard
Chiang Mai has developed various strategies for the
province to build up new economic bases, and Chiang Mai ICT 2005 is one of
the interesting ones allowing access to international information.
Governor Prinya Panthong addresses the crowd at Chiang Mai ICT City 2005.
Prinya Panthong, vice governor of Chiang Mai, presided
over the formal opening ceremony of Chiang Mai ICT City 2005 on August 27 at
Central Airport Plaza, Chiang Mai. The activity was intended to let
residents become familiar with the Global Information Network. As Chiang Mai
has been chosen to be a pilot ICT city, 13 organizations jointly brought ICT
works to display, such as TOT Public Co., Ltd. presenting TOT Network system
providing applicable information of both government and private sector for
A Web maker competition was organized to show the IT ability of high
school students. Chiang Mai ICT City 2005 was an effective activity allowing
all organizations to support Chiang Mai as the ICT pilot city.
Citizens rise up against southern violence
On August 24 at Chiang Mai 700 Year Anniversary Stadium,
Pha Muang Task Force cooperated with Chiang Mai province to voice their
support for a movement against violence occurring in three southern
provinces. The activity was to show their patriotism by lighting candles to
send best wishes to citizens in the South, hoping they would have peace
Mai Governor Suwat Tantipat makes an offering in front of a photo of Her
Majesty Queen Sirikit to send peace to southern residents.
Musical artists performed to send cheer to southern
residents, hill tribes and local residents holding boards and pictures of
the King and Queen together with Thai Muslims living in the northern region
gathered to show unity to protect the country and to oppose terrorist acts.
hill tribe people join the movement against the violence occurring in three
Chiang Mai Para Motor Club joined the activity by dropping Thai flags and
signs over Chiang Mai and the stadium.
Flood affects Chiang Mai economy as hotels close and products spoil
Yongyut Tiyapairat, minister of natural resources
and environment said that people should learn how to manage water,
starting from the sources to the sea, and would be informed about
rights, duties and responsibilities towards water resources management.
They would also learn how to prevent conflicts that may occur over the
use of water.
This information came out at a Department of Water
Resources, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment seminar to
exchange water resources management information, attended by 300 people
living in 25 river basins throughout the country.
He added that several provinces, such as Chiang Rai,
had already dredged along the watercourse and one billion baht had been
paid for the process. However, this amount was still insufficient and
he would request the Bureau of the Budget to authorize more funds to
prevent floods in future. Due to dredging at Mae Suai dam and Lao
River, they had been able to prevent floodwaters reaching to Chiang Rai
“Forest invasion causes floods in the north. This
illegal act will be suppressed. Influential businessmen trespassing
forests will be prosecuted and forest will be revived,” he predicted.
The North is waiting with breath less than bated.
Water resource management discussions again
After the floods in Chiang Mai receded, Chiang Mai
Provincial Public Health Office is preparing offices to check residents of
flooded areas for waterborne diseases.
Rattawut Sukmee, the head of Chiang Mai Provincial Public
Health Office said that 3,000 sufferers had already been aided and medicines
have been collected to prevent diseases caused by floodwater, such as skin
diseases and those affecting the alimentary system.
Residents of affected areas are advised to pay particular
attention to the hygiene of food and water, to wear boots if necessary when
walking in mud or water and to clean carefully every time after walking
through water or mud.
Boonlert Buranupakorn, Chiang Mai mayor said that the
city would be cleaned up within three days and it would be revived to be
beautiful again according to the North’s hopes of it being an attractive
place to visit. The municipality would spend 10 million baht of its
emergency budget and 20 million baht of provincial funds. Chiang Mai
municipality had received cooperation from several sectors, including around
1,000 of its own staff and students to clean the city.
Lanna Polytechnic College produces bomb search robots
Teachers and students at Lanna Polytechnic College in
Chiang Mai, a private educational institute, tested robots named Scorpion
numbers 1, 2 and 3 to check their bomb search ability. These robots are
controlled by cable, have the ability to check suspected items and are able
to pick up a box weighing 15 kg from risky areas, while number 3 is built to
use high pressure to explode bombs.
Pol. Lt. Col. Klitsadakorn Sopak, a scientist at the
Office of Forensic Science, Royal Thai Police, watched the three robots and
said that they could work as effectively as imported instruments and could
save a lot, as this kind of imported tool cost not less than 10 million baht
while theses robots cost only 40,000 baht. The robots would be sent to the
south to reduce loss of life of officers stationed there.
Kittisak Teamthong, educational technology lecturer at
Lanna Polytechnic College Chiang Mai said that this kind of robot had
already been sent to the south, but the control system was interrupted by a
cell phone signal, therefore it had been adjusted to use cables for control
process. There are 15 robots ready to be sent.
Former policeman, now in trouble flees to Burma
But Burma sent him back
Pitak Tinamat, 46, living at Tambon Thasala in Muang,
Chiang Mai, and a former policeman, was arrested for failing to pay his
hired laborers. He had hired Warin Buranapan and 20 others to construct a
block beside the MP Petroleum service station at Tambon Ton Pao, San
Kamphaeng, Chiang Mai, but had paid no wages and the wages bill reached
144,370 baht. The workers informed officers at San Kamphaeng Police Station,
but Pitak had already fled to Burma.
Later, officers at San Kamphaeng Police Station learned
from narcotic suppression police that Pitak was arrested by Burmese police
and sent back to Thailand. Pol. Capt. Thitikorn Nuanglah, of San Kamphaeng
Police Station contacted the narcotic suppression officers to prosecute
Pitak, but currently he is denying all charges.
C-in-C of Thai Army visits
Pha Muang Task Force officers along Thai-Burmese border
Gen. Prawit Wongsuwan, commander-in-chief of the Thai
Army visited Pha Muang Task Force to receive a report of their activities on
August 27. He was welcomed by Maj. Gen. Pairat Thongjaktu, Pha Muang Task
The commander-in-chief said that the border situation was
as usual and no border conflict had taken place, only dialogue between the
Thai and Burmese armies. However, anti-drug smuggling efforts were still
He added that there was a rumor in Burma that a coup may
have occurred, but nothing had changed and communication between the
countries was normal.
The commander-in-chief thanked officers for their help
during flooding. He said he was satisfied with the Pha Muang Task Force and
that the army intended to support and encourage the force.
Three tambons in Chiang Rai hit by heavy rain and mountain torrents
Chiangmai Mail Reporters
There was heavy rainfall all night on August 27 in some
areas of Chiang Rai, causing mountain torrents from Doi Nang Lae. The
torrents flowed through the houses of 15 villages and many residents were
affected, especially those who lived in front of Mae Fah Luang University,
which was flooded.
Baan Tam Pha Tong village, Tambon Thasood in Muang,
Chiang Rai was most affected and 2,000 residents were cut off from the city,
while the level of water in that area stood at 2 meters.
Worakiart Somsoi, Chiang Rai governor, assigned officers
to urgently rescue and aid victims by boat. Recently, the route linking Baan
Den to Mea Sai district was destroyed by the floodwaters. Fortunately the
heavy rains have now ceased.
The cost in lives and property is being assessed.
Japanese government presents emergency ambulances to the North
Katsuhiro Shinohara, consul-general of Japan in Chiang
Mai, is presenting second-hand ambulances to Chiang Mai and Dokkhamtai
municipalities, to be accepted by Chiang Mai Mayor Boonlert Buranupakorn and
Adul Chaiwut, Dokkhamtai sub-district mayor.
Shinohara, consul-general of Japan in Chiang Mai, at a ceremony presenting
the paperwork for used emergency vehicles to Mayor Boonlert Buranupakorn,
representing Chiang Mai municipality.
The Japanese government has supplied USD 10,673 to Chiang
Mai municipality and USD 14,555 to Dokkhamtai sub-district municipality
through the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project Scheme
(GGP) and a cooperation contract.
Chiang Mai municipality and Dokkhamtai sub-district municipality take
care of 156,000 and 74,000 residents respectively, but each previously had
only one ambulance which was insufficient for effective rescue. Chikuma
City, Nagano Prefecture, Japan then decided to offer used ambulances to the
Drug stores warned about selling prescription medicines
An increase in congenital defects has the Chiang Mai
Provincial Public Health Office worried. Almost 180 neonates (from March
2004-2005) were found with congenital defects as a result of their parents
taking medicines or contraceptives not prescribed by a doctor.
Rattawut Sukmee, the head of the office said that after
surveying 20 drug stores, contraceptives were the best seller although
taking this kind of medicine could put pregnant women at risk of life
threatening illnesses or increase problems in childbirth.
Manorome Sinpope-achakul, head pharmacist of the consumer
protection department added that young females nowadays prefer to use
contraceptives and some used medicines to force a miscarriage. Even though
this kind of medicine is controlled and could be sold or used only by
hospitals, several drugstores were found selling this medicine.
The three drugstores found selling these drugs were to be
prosecuted. A warning was issued that other drugstores selling controlled
medicines would be prosecuted and heavy punishments imposed.
Four police stations in Region 5 seriously damaged by floods
The commissioner of the Provincial Police Bureau Region
5, Pol. Lt. Gen. Panupong Singhara Na Ayuthaya, said that Pai Police
Station, Mae Hong Son was almost demolished as it faced a mountain torrent
and was damaged by uprooted trees. Four police stations were affected by the
flood and the preliminary estimate of damage was 20 million baht.
On August 19, the commissioner presented aid packages to
the families of 500 police officers in four provinces, Chiang Mai, Nan,
Chiang Rai and Mae Hong Son who were affected by flooding.
The commissioner instructed officers of all police
stations in the eight northern provinces to patrol houses of residents who
were affected by flooding to prevent thieves looting. Up to the present, no
serious crimes have been reported but some minor larceny has taken place.
Burmese illegal alien laborers discovered in San Kamphaeng
The aliens get prosecuted and the agents go free as usual
On August 29, police searched a block in San Kamphaeng
municipality area, Chiang Mai and found six male and two female alien
workers. Ying, a Tai tribes-person who headed this group entering Thailand,
said that she was hired by a Thai agent to find alien workers who would stay
in that residential block. Later these people would be sent to other places
in Chiang Mai or even Bangkok, Chonburi or Samutprakan. This Thai agent
charged each worker 15,000 baht.
Gen. Panupong Singhara Na Ayuthaya, commissioner of the Provincial Police
Bureau Region 5 questions Ying, the leader of these alien laborers.
The commissioner of police said that there were eight
large human trafficking gangs operating in the northern region and this was
just one of the eight. However, he has stressed that all provinces should
keep an eye on this illegal practice and to pursue the other seven gangs.
He added that if any government official asked for lenience, it would
prove their involvement and he or she would be prosecuted to the full extent
of the law.
Northern tourism stimulus
Northern Tourist Business Associations from 11 provinces
gathered at Lotus Pang Suan Kaew Hotel, Chiang Mai August 26-28 to confer on
“Industrial tourist business association in 11 Northern provinces”,
joining with directors of Tourism Authority of Thailand Northern Office
Region 1, 2, 3 and 4 and representatives of tour agents in the north region.
Northern Tourist Business Associations agree to cooperate to promote tourism
in the north.
The 11 organizations agreed to cooperate to share
information and support one another to develop the tourism market in the
north. They resolved to meet and share opinions every three months,
presenting attractive tourism places as new highlights, providing tourism
information both in Thai and English, offering selected tourism places in
the provinces to present through the website of each association, preparing
tour packages linking nearby provinces and cooperating with activities and
sale promotions. Tourism Authority of Thailand would encourage more flights
and more routes in all north provinces.
Songwit Itthipatanakul, president of Chiang Mai Tourist
Business Association said that tourism is an industry that the government
feels is important, as it brings foreign currency into Thailand, an
important aspect of national economy and the social development plan.
Tourism was one of the most important industries but, in
the last two years, Thailand suffered SARS, natural disasters and violence
in the South, directly and indirectly affecting the tour business. The
Chiang Mai Tourist Business Association realized the effects and this
conference was held to work on how to solve tourism problems and develop
Junnapong Saranak, director of Tourism Authority of Thailand Northern
Office Region 1 said that there were some provinces like Lopburi,
Nakhonsawan, Phrae, Uthaithani, Phichit and Kamphaengphet not attending the
conference, nevertheless, they would join next time to find methods to
compete with other regions that had attractive seacoasts and beaches. To
attend the conference was to learn new and interesting tourism places and to
get new ideas on how to plan tourism promotions, linking with other
provinces in the north region.
Government under fire for not enforcing forest law
About 500 farmers and highland people from eight northern
provinces, led by A-nan Duangkaewruan, president of the network, gathered to
present a petition to PM Thaksin Shinawatra, through the Chiang Mai
governor, on August 23.
Governor Prinya Panthong negotiates with farmers and highland people.
The network had already protested on March 13, 2002 and
at that time the PM met the network and claimed that the government had
resisted supporting the community forest act, but it would be forced through
soon since he was then in his first term in power. Now he is well into his
second term; nevertheless the issue is still ignored. Consequently the
network gathered to remind the government to pass the community forest act
and enforce it.
The main points of the petition were: 1. The PM to assign the minister of
natural resources and environment to do as he had promised on March 13,
2002. 2. The PM to prevent those concerned in forest and land in forest
areas not to act violently towards villagers. 3. The PM to adjust the plan
of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment that contradicted a
resolution between the network and the government. 4. They would like to be
part of a brainstorming session to deal with forests and forest land
problems. Having presented the petition through the vice governor, the
Archaeologist fears for Buddhist sites
Kraisin Oonjaijit, archaeologist of 8th Office of Fine
Arts, Chiang Mai, is anxious about ancient sites and abandoned temples in
Chiang Mai. He lists about 75 areas covering 175 rai of land. The land has
been rented by private organizations and villagers to construct commercial
buildings, dormitories, gas stations or rental houses with the approval of
the Buddhist Place organization.
“Now, it is time to review this plan or to revoke
rental contracts and to renovate these temples and conserve them as
historical sites. Some old relics have disappeared or have been destroyed,
but what remains should be kept and the areas around these sites should be
retained as green areas, playgrounds or public parks - so much better than
renting to earn few baht each year,” he said.
He added that Wiang Kum Kam in Saraphi was rented for
only 200 baht for each shop. Some villagers rented this land to set up
residences or rental households and to seek benefits different from the main
He claimed that there were 100 temples within Chiang Mai
moat region and 62 temples outside, as surveyed during the King Rama V
period; but nowadays there are only 72 temples left. Some temples were
demolished and new buildings put up and if the rent plan was not reviewed,
more temples would surely disappear in future.
Wiang Kum Kam ruins to be rebuilt
Chiangmai Mail Reporters
The recent floods in Chiang Mai affected Wiang Kum Kam,
an important historical site, and several sectors have become concerned it
may collapse, therefore urgent restoration is necessary. Sahawat Nanna,
director of the 8th Office of Fine Arts told a conference of Chiang Mai
government officials that there were 28 ancient remains destroyed and these
will need 2.8 million baht to restore.
Wiang Kum Kam was set up by King Mengrai in 1289 and it
was located in a low area subject to flooding. For this reason, the king
moved his citizens to Chiang Mai. It was discovered in 1984 in Saraphi and
Muang areas. Many ancient remains were found and it has become one of Chiang
Mai’s best known tourist attractions, receiving 10,000 tourists a month.
Chiang Mai receives award for accident prevention during Songkran Festival
Let us hope it does not bring complacency
Chiangmai Mail Reporters
Despite the preventable loss of life during the Songkran
Festival, accident prevention measures taken during Songkran, April 8-17,
led to the province being declared the most successful at accident
prevention. The measures had been in preparation since March 21.
A comparative determination indicated that the standard
of Chiang Mai, Nakhon Ratchasima, Mahasarakham and Yasothorn were “very
good” while Nakhon Sawan, Phitsanulok, Saraburi, Udon Thani and Ubon
Ratchathani were “good”. Chaiyaphum, Chiang Rai, Loei, Songkla and Surat
Thani were classified as being at a “fairly good” level.
Chiang Mai province, along with other “very good”
provinces received an award plate and 500,000 baht.
Glazier doubles as a burglar
Paithoon Kaewsaeng thought he had found the ideal job to
give him access to any premises from which he wished to steal, until a
police informer gave the information to the police, which led to his arrest
at Nong Dok fresh market in Lamphun. He was found in possession of thirteen
TVs, a notebook computer, a video camera, a talking dictionary, six VCD
players and almost 300 small Buddha images valued at 400,000 baht. Tools of
his trade were also found, such as screwdrivers, bolt cutters and other
items that were confiscated as evidence.
glazier (3rd from left) and some stolen possessions at a press conference.
He was charged with burglary and police suggested that
persons who suspected that any of these objects belonged them could show an
invoice at the office of the Provincial Police Bureau Region 5 to have it
Paithoon said that he had worked as glazier for more than eight years. He
always surveyed all belongings in houses while doing his job and later would
steal by using glasscutters to achieve access through glass doors or
windows. He had done this ten times and sold most of the goods at second
hand shops in Chiang Mai with no questions asked. He revealed that he had
earned almost a million baht this way.
Masseuses scammed by illicit agent
Chiangmai Mail Reporters
The Department of Employment cooperated with Bang Yee Kan
Police Station to arrest an illicit agent who deceived girls claiming he
could get jobs for them as foot masseuses for football players in Germany,
promising a high income.
Orachorn Ratanamanee, head of Chiang Mai Employment
Office, disclosed that Department of Employment heard from five workers who
had been trained in massage by the Institute for Skill Development,
Ratchaburi and were then persuaded by Sathian Yoidee and Umnuayporn Poljan
to work with their relative Niramol Chatayaporn, running a foot massage
service for football players in Germany.
They claimed that the girls could receive 70,000 baht
each month but would have to pay 30,000 baht each as expenses to Chawtip
Kaenwong, a coordinator for Niramol. They foolishly paid the money to
Chawtip but were then abandoned.
The Department of Employment informed the police to
prosecute Sathian and the gang on the grounds of violating the employment
and labor protection act. Later, Sathian and the gang members were arrested
and sent to Ban Pong Police Station, Ratchaburi.
Chiang Mai Employment Office warns all those anxious to
seek employment abroad to beware and not to trust those claiming that they
could find jobs overseas, especially high-paying ones. They should check
carefully about working abroad before committing themselves. If in any
doubts, inquiries may be made at Chiang Mai Employment Office, Chiang Mai
City Hall or call at 0 5311 2742 and 0 5311 2744-6.
Burmese waitress arrested dealing drugs to kids
Phim Loongyu, 32, a Burmese waitress working at a
restaurant in Chiang Mai, while moonlighting in a video game and karaoke
service shop in Chiang Mai to sell ya ba to youngsters, was arrested with
six ya ba pills in her possession.
She admitted that she had purchased the drugs from a hill
tribe village in Mae Taeng, Chiang Mai at 80 baht apiece and sold them at
170 baht for each pill.
Her customers were mostly teenagers and students. She
smuggled 200 pills each time from Mae Taeng, and had done so several times,
attempting to excuse herself by saying her salary as a waitress was
Jilted girl leaps to her death
Nopniwat Krailerg and
The body of Camelia Holder, 24, a Thai-Australian was
found by police after she had committed suicide by jumping from Nakornping
Condominium in Soi Ratchapleuk on Huay Kaew Road.
It was learned that Camelia lived with her Australian
father and Thai mother in Nakornping Condominium. She had just arrived from
Australia three weeks ago but was depressed as she had no friends and could
not speak Thai.
Her parents informed the police that she had a boyfriend
in Australia who had broken up with her recently. This caused depression for
which she took medication.
Before her death leap she had gone out with her parents
but asked to walk back to the condo alone. After 20 minutes, she jumped from
the 18th floor of the building. The parents did not suspect foul play.
Two more extrajudicial killings take place in Chiang Rai
No police injured in shoot-out
Chiangmai Mail Reporters
On August 23, Pol. Lt. Col. Thanom Natilet set up a sting
operation to purchase ya ba from a Hmong hilltribe gang at Phu Chee Fah. At
the ambush scene, police noticed two men on a motorcycle casing the area
several times before parking and proceeding to make the trade.
Before they saw through the police trick, they were
already surrounded by officers and an exchange of fire took place, lasting
about three minutes. When the dust settled the police found the riddled
bodies of Prasit Songtrakul and Somboon Saefa, both 20 years old. One of the
dead men was reported to be holding a sawn-off 11 mm rifle. There were no
reported police casualties.
A motorcycle, 200 ya ba pills wrapped in plastic and some
speed powder were found and seized as evidence.
Pol. Lt. Col. Thanom revealed that these two drug dealers
had been working for a long time at Phu Chee Fah, Tambon Tab Tao in Thoeng,
Chiang Rai but recently, due to police surveillance, they could not find
clients in that area and had moved to deal drugs in the city, especially to
the ever-ready university students and nightlife set.