Former policeman pleads guilty to 2008 murder of Canadian in Pai
37 years 6 months sentence imposed
The five year old case has finally been settled
wth former Pol. Sgt. Maj. pleading guilty to the murder of Canadian Leo Del
Pinto in Pai, Mae Hong Son in January, 2008.
Former Pol. Sgt. Maj. Uthai or Nithiphon Dechawiwat age 42 was
sentenced to 37 years and six months in prison for the death of Canadian Leo
Del Pinto in 2008 in Pai, Mae Hong Son. The policeman, who was off duty at
the time of the shooting told the police that he had been asked to intervene
in an argument between Leo Del Pinto and his friend, fellow Canadian Carly
Reisig. He told police that they had hit him and the gun had accidentally
discharged as he fell to the ground, shooting Carly Reisig once in the chest
and killing Leo Del Pinto with two shots.
However, the judges in the case heard pleas from the parents of the Leo Del
Pinto’s family as well as witness reports and ruled that they did not
consider his confession to be true. The court sentenced Sgt Maj. Uthai to
life in prison but he surrendered and confessed, reducing the sentence to 37
years and 6 months.
The former police sergeant had already been sentenced to 25 years in prison
for the brutal murder of his 18 year old wife in 2010. The two sentences
will run consecutively.
Chiang Mai Zoo employees oppose merger
Chiang Mai Zoo employees met on August 14, 2013
to pray at Wat Ku Din Khao in Chiang Mai Zoo to stop the merger of the Zoo
with the Pingnakorn Development Agency. The zoo employees say that they
oppose the current merger because the current plan offers no clarity as to
implementation and the structure of the organization in the future. The
merger has been implemented without studying its effects on employees and
animals at the Zoo. They noted that employees had not been given any
explanation but noted that they were willing to discuss with the board and
will monitor the situation as it develops to see if it requires any further
action such as a petition or other actions.
City prepares over 50,000 sandbags to ready for possible floods
The city started filling 50,000 sandbags on
August 19, 2013 to cope with potential flooding in low lying areas along the
Ping River. (Photo courtesy of Chiang Mai Municipality)
The Chiang Mai Municipality has ordered the filling of 50,000 sandbags to be
used in case of flooding in low lying areas with no permanent walls such as
Kawila, Nong Hoi, Chang Klan and Meng Rai subdistricts. Chiang Mai Mayor
Tussanai Buranupakorn went with officers to the area on the west side of the
Ping River near the park. The Mayor noted that the city has worked hard to
clear storm drains to allow for faster drainage of water and has added more
water pumps to clear low lying areas.
However, the Ping River would need to be widened in some areas to 60 meters
if it were to cope with a flood rate of 850 cubic meters per second.
Public Health Office works to combat dengue in migrant communities
Dr. Surasing Wisarutrat, Deputy Chief of Chiang Mai’s Public Health
Office announced on August 20, 2013 that the number of people diagnosed with
dengue fever had reached 9,654 patients of which 666 patients were migrant
workers. 6 people have died in the province from dengue fever, 2 of those
Surasing Wisarutrat, Deputy Chief of Chiang Mai’s Public Health Office
reported on the provincial dengue fever situation on August 20, 2013.
Deputy Chiang Mai Governor Charoenrit Sanguansat told the Public Health
Office to find ways to control and prevent dengue fever among the migrant
community noting that the problem could become much worse if they are not
educated on ways to remove dengue mosquito breeding grounds. The Deputy
Governor asked that measures be implemented in 7 districts in Chiang Mai
including the Muang District, Doi Saket, Saraphi, Mae Rim, San Kamphaeng,
Hang Dong and San Sai Districts. Teams will be sent to labor camps including
Public Health Officials, local officers, village Health Volunteers and
volunteers from the camps to implement “Big Cleaning Days” on August 21-23,
2013. They will seek out dengue fever patients as well as educate people in
removal of mosquito breeding grounds, distribute pamphlets in Burmese and
Tai Yai from Project for Empowerment and destroy breeding grounds of
mosquitoes, drain water or add fish to bodies of water, clean up the area
and spray ULV as well as offer migrant workers mosquito repellent.
Traffic police receive free police booth from AIS
Dulyadej Shinawatra, Advanced Info Service PCL
(AIS) Northern Regional Assistant Director of the Bureau of Operations
represented the company in the presentation of a new traffic police booth
donated to the Chiang Mai Traffic Police. Pol. Col. Sittichai Thananchai,
head of the Traffic Police was on hand to accept the donation of the police
booth that will be at the Chiang Mai international Airport intersection.
Chamber holds seminar on trading with China
The Chiang Mai Chamber of Commerce held a
seminar on “The proactive strategy towards AEC and trade between Thai and
China” at the Furama Chiang Mai Hotel on August 9, 2013, opened by Deputy
Governor Ritthipong Techapun and presided over by Asst.Prof.Dr.Wanchai
Rattanawong Dean of Engineering Faculty and Director of Logistics Research
Center, University of Thai Chamber of Commerce, Narong Kongprasert, former
president of Chamber of Commerce Chiang Mai and Somchai Thongkhamkhun, Vice
President of Chamber of Commerce Chiang Mai. The seminar covered published
research supported by the National Research Council of Thailand and to
prepare entrepreneurs who want to invest when the AEC comes into effect.
Chiang Mai City receives plaque
from Pollution Control Department
2nd year in a row for excellence in managing solid waste
Chiang Mai Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn receives
a plaque from the Pollution Control Department for the city’s waste
The Chiang Mai Municipality received their second consecutive 6 Star
Plaque from the Pollution Control Department for their efforts in tackling
solid waste management. Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn received the plaque in
Udon Thani on August 7, 2013 on behalf of the city which has implemented
measures to reduce solid and hazardous waste in the city.
The Mayor said that the city had worked with relevant organizations and
communities in the city to separate solid waste into different types and to
place over 100 hazardous waste containers around the municipality. The city
has collected 60 tons and disposed of it by July 31, 2013 but the
municipality plans on developing more effective waste management systems and
to add more hazardous waste bins and to add more types of hazardous waste to
Low cost eggs and meat
Government to offer discounted prices on some fresh foods
In a bid to ease the pain of high fresh food prices for consumers in
Chiang Mai the Department of Internal Trade (DIT) Chiang Mai has been
assigned by the Ministry of Commerce to cooperate with the Chiang Mai –
Lamphun Farmers Cooperative to offer reduced prices for eggs and pork.
Niyada Muenanan of the DIT announced that number 2 sized eggs would be sold
at 101 baht per pack in front of the Chiang Mai City Hall every Friday from
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. while pork would be sold at 10 -20 baht a kilo cheaper than
market price every day except Buddhist holidays at the Moo Intershop at
Chiang Mai Gate Market and the Muang Mai Market from 3 a.m. to 12 noon and
at Mae Rim Plaza, Auitha Market in front of the San Patong Cooperative and
in front of the Saraphi Cooperative branch from 4 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The project will run through September after consumers were hit hard by
rising prices since July.
Lanna Expo and Health Fair
at Royal Flora Ratchaphruek
Chiang Mai Governor Tanin Subhasaen officiated
over the opening ceremony for the Lanna Expo 2013 and Lanna Health Fair held
at Royal Flora Ratchaphruek from August 9 to 15, 2013. The Governor, as
Chief of the Upper Northern Provincial Cluster 1, welcomed representatives
from Lamphun, Lampang and Mae Hong Son to the ceremony.
137 Pillars House in unexpected win at Northern Bartender Contest
Ekarach Ratree of 137 Pillars House took home
5,000 baht in the competition for Best Bartender in the North and will
compete in the nationals in Bangkok.
In an unexpected win over favorites Dusit d2 Chiang Mai Hotel’s
Pramot Wechasupakul, new kid on the block 137 Pillars House took the title
of Best Northern Bartender with Ekarach Ratree scoring 133.8 points to take
first place. Dusit d2 took second with a score of 128 while Piti Kitpitak of
The Chedi Chiang Mai came in third with a score of 120.6.
Past winners Dusit d2 were expected to win again but 137 Pillars House beat
out 12 competitors in the 27th annual Northern Bartender Contest held by the
Northern Food and Beverages Club under the Thai Hotels Association (THA) at
the Porn Ping Hotel on August 17, 2013 to represent Chiang Mai in the
national contest to be held in Bangkok.
Northern police seize over
6.6 million Yaba pills in 10 days
7 incidents in Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai
4.2 million methamphetamines were uncovered in
Chiang Rai stashed in a pickup truck.
Northern police uncovered three major hauls of methamphetamine
tablets in Chiang Rai totaling 6.39 million tablets in three separate busts
while four other smaller busts added to the total making it over 6.6 million
methamphetamine tablets seized in ten days.
The first big arrest took place on August 8, 2013 when Chiang Rai man
Chuchart Phunchotipirom, age 28, was arrested with 4.2 million
methamphetamine tablets in a pickup truck on the road between Chiang Rai and
Phayao. He confessed to police that he had been hired to carry the 15 sacks
of pills from Ban Pha Tan in Wiang Kaen, Chiang Rai to Phayao to hold it
until it was to be transported on to Bangkok. Police estimate the street
value of the drugs to be 1.1 billion baht.
Police believe that the Hmong man belongs to a drug trafficking network run
by Lt. Col. Yee Sae in Burma.
The second largest arrest occurred in Nakhom Pathom when Narcotic
Suppression Police received a tip off that a truck belonging to the Northern
carrier Nim See Seng Express was carrying drugs from Chiang Rai. Police
arrested the receiver on August 17, 2013, Parames Saesong, age 31, when he
picked up 7 packages carrying a total 1.21 million Yaba tablets and stored
them in his car.
The third largest haul took place on August 18 in Mai Sai, Chiang Rai when
Mae Sai police and members of the Pha Muang Task Force arrested four other
Hmong men, Somchai Saehang, age 45 and Mai Saehang, age 44, Thua Laohang,
age 36 and Prapan Saeyang, age 29 in Ban Thum Pla with 990,000 million
methamphetamine tablets stashed in a modified pickup truck. The men
confessed to police after being caught at the police checkpoint that they
had been paid 1 million baht to transport the drugs, valued at over 250
million baht, to Bangkok by the drug network run by Yee Sae.
The fourth largest arrest by police acting on a tip off was of three men
with 200,000 methamphetamine tablets with them in a hotel room in Nang Lae,
Chiang Rai. Wichit Suesat age 24 of Udon Thani, Arkor Mayur age 20 of Chiang
Rai and Tian Siriauam age 48 of Uttaradit were arrested on August 13 and
confessed to police that they had been paid 50,000 baht to traffic the drugs
from the border in Chiang Rai to Bangkok.
On August 8 Muang Chiang Mai police arrested Chanwit Sudwisai, age 23, for
selling drugs to people after police set up a sting to catch the dealer in
the Mae Hia area. Police had discovered that someone was regularly dealing
drugs to youth in the area and set up a sting to buy drugs from him. They
arrested him after he tried to sell them drugs and uncovered 1,802
methamphetamine tablets in blue plastic bags in his apartment.
Chiang Mai Central Prison officers worked with Chiang Mai Provincial Police
to arrest four men for smuggling drugs into the prison for prisoners. Samart
Pongchai, incarcerated in Chiang Mai Central Prison, ordered the drugs from
Samit Srisuk, Apichaya Intapun, and Artit Sukmuang who planned on firing the
packet of 300 methamphetamine pills over the wall of the prison with a
On August 10, 2013 Chai Prakan police and the Pha Muang Task Force arrested
Cheewatat Peerawattanametawee age 19 of Fang on the Fang – Chiang Mai bus
with 16,000 methamphetamine pills hidden in his bag. Police stopped the bus
at the checkpoint and checked Cheewatat’s bag when he behaved suspiciously.
He told the police that he had been hired by a Haw Chinese man from Ban
Sanmakokwan who is a prisoner at the Chiang Mai Central Prison, named A or
Yai. He told police that the man had called him on his mobile phone to pick
up the drugs from Fang and carry them to a buyer in Chiang Mai, he told
police he had been paid 60,000 baht to carry the drugs.
Police encourage the public to let them know of any suspected drug dealers
by calling the Command Centre for Drugs Elimination Police Region 5 Tel. 053
Local teacher walks away from freak accident
An 8 meter long branch from a rubber tree
crashed onto this car after a transformer nearby blew.
Saraphi police were called to the scene of what appeared to be a
horrific accident when an 8 meter long branch plummeted to the ground,
landing on Dara Academy Chiang Mai teacher Aumnuayporn Manowong’s car,
almost completely crushing the front of the car.
The woman had been driving to work at 7:35 a.m. on August 13, 2013 on the
old Chiang Mai – Lamphun Road when the branch fell onto her Nissan Sunny.
She told police that she had been driving along and heard a loud sound like
a transformer explosion when the branch fell onto her car and broke the
windshield. She walked away from the accident with minor abrasions and
Police found that a large transformer had blown at the scene and caused
enough damage to the tree to cause the branch to break off. The rubber trees
that line the Old Chiang Mai – Lamphun Road were planted in 1895 during the
reign of King Rama V when over 2,000 trees were planted along the road.
The victim intends to sue the agencies responsible for the maintenance of
the trees and the road.
Shoplifter nabbed after
theft at Panthip Plaza
22 year old Myo Khout Oo was arrested after
CCTV camera surveillance showed him shoplifting a notebook from a shop
in Panthip Plaza.
Police arrested a Burmese man, Myo Khout Oo, age 22, for theft after he
allegedly shoplifted a laptop computer from the Good Speed Shop in
Panthip Plaza on August 11, 2013.
Police were called to the store by the owner, Sunithisa Pengsangchan,
when she discovered a black Asus notebook was missing. She told police
she suspected a tall, fat man who had been hanging around the front of
her shop for quite a long time. Police viewed the CCTV camera which
showed the suspect clearly. They sent out a report with his photo and a
tip off led them to the suspect the next day.
The suspect confessed to police that he had stolen the notebook because
he needed money.
Arrest in April assault with an axe
Victim received over 40 stitches in the brutal attack
Police arrested Naphon Akarasang for assault
with a deadly weapon after an April axe attack in a Santitham restaurant.
Muang Chiang Mai police announced the arrest of a man suspected in the
brutal axe attack at a Santitham restaurant in April of this year. The
original attack took place when a man drove up in his car to a
restaurant in Santitham, pulled out an axe and attacked Wittaya
Khantaya, age 25, before driving off.
The victim received over 40 stitches from the attack.
Police continued to investigate the case finally arresting Naphon “Golf”
Akarasang on August 8, 2013 and charging him with assault with a deadly
weapon. The suspect confessed to police that he had attacked Wittaya
after finding out that his girlfriend had been having an affair with the
man. He told police that he and his girlfriend had argued over the
affair and he went to the restaurant where the victim was drinking, went
back to get the axe and returned to the restaurant where he attacked the
man and then drove away.
Lamphun man caught with over 30 Buddha images
An ex-con was arrested near the Muang Chiang Mai Police Station
on August 12, 2013 at 7 p.m. after police saw him behaving in a
suspicious manner and uncovered over 30 small Buddha images and amulets
in his bag. Pramot Gunna, age 19 of Lamphun, was arrested on suspicion
of theft after the police also found a receipt with the name and phone
number of the owner of the images in his bag.
The police called the victim, Prassanee Treerat who told the police that
they had been stolen out of her home on the afternoon of August 10.
Elderly French man found dead in his apartment
Police were called to Apichai Court on Chang Klan Road on
Sunday, August 18 at 6:30 p.m. when apartment staff called them
reporting one of their tenants had been found dead in his room.
Police found the deceased, 70 year old Alain Veran, clad only in a
t-shirt with no signs of foul play. They believe he had been dead for
over 5 days since the apartment staff said that the last time they had
seen Mr. Veran was about a week before, taking food to his room.
The staff said that he had lived in the apartments for over 7 years and
that he had previously moonlighted as an artist at the Night Bazaar and
produced modernistic oil paintings. However, lately he had been
suffering from poor health and had been in and out of the hospital.
Police believe he may have suffered a heart attack in the bathroom and
fell and hit his head. They will send his body for a forensic exam to
determine the exact cause of death and are coordinating with the French
Honorary Consulate to contact his family. The Consulate are asking for
assistance to contact family members. Anyone with information on Mr.
Veran’s family please contact 053 275 277.
What to do when you have a road accident?
By Jaroonroat Krasaesuk, LL.B.
Over the last years, the number of people in Chiang Mai has been
increasing tremendously as has the traffic in and around the city by both
Thais and non-Thai riders/drivers. With different levels of awareness and
compliance to the traffic laws, often there are road accidents.
From the statistics of World Health Organization, in 2012, there was an
average of 200,000 people injured from 2,000 road accidents a month all over
Thailand which make sThailand the 6th in the world of cases of road
We all can try to avoid the road accidents; however, it is important to know
your rights when you have one. What should you do and what are your rights
according to Thai law?
· First of all, contact your insurance company and police.
· If there is an injured person, send the person to the nearest hospital
asap. However, if no one is hurt, that is great.
· Next, don’t move the car/vehicle from the scene so that when the police
officer arrives he can document the accident, take photos and mark the scene
to help determine the guilty party.
· If you have a camera, take photographs of the scene also.
· Make the compensation statement before the police at police station. The
compensation can be repair fees, the rental fees if you have to rent a car
or compensation for not being able to go to work in case the person is
- Never hit and run! A car accident is not necessarily a criminal or murder
case, even though car accident is based on the negligence, the intension to
drive and kill somebody would not consider an an accident. There were some
cases of hit and run. This would make the case worsen as the punishment for
running away is up to 15 years.
In case your car was hit and the person runs away or tries to run from the
scene then don’t run after them, but get as much information as possible;
take a photo of the car, date, time and area. Then make a report to the
police in the area and state that you want to make a report and charge them.
- The police officer has no right to capture and detain you if the other
party is not seriously injured and must be hospitalized not less than 20
- Never move the car from the scene or negotiate without any witness.
- It is important to note that the qualification of the driver/rider, and/or
or car document will be considered separately from the facts of the accident
of who is right or wrong.
- The police officer reserves their rights to not to return the car unless
the parties have settled on compensation. The agreement to compensate for
damage will automatically stop the party from taking the case any further in
a civil case, however it does not alter the case if it ends up becoming
Should you have any suggestion, questions or suggestions for topic for
future issues, please feel free to contact me at [email protected]
Governor Tanin Subhasaen transferred to Lampang
Chiang Mai Governor Tanin Subhasaen will be
transferred to be the Governor of Lampang on October 1, his replacement
has not yet been announced. He is seen here with his wife Inthira at the
recent celebrations for HM the Queen’s birthday.
At a Cabinet Meeting held in Bangkok on August 20, 2013, the list of
officials to be transferred in the Ministry of Interior was approved by
the Cabinet and current Governor Tanin Subhasaen will be transferred to
act as Governor of Lampang on October 1, 2013 after serving as Chiang
Mai Governor for one year.
Governor Tanin said that he hoped to meet the new Governor, as yet to be
announced, and help him to drive Chiang Mai and the North as a center
for the North in the upcoming AEC integration. He noted that Lampang is
the sister city of Chiang Mai and thanked the Chiang Mai people and
government officials for their cooperation in working for Chiang Mai.
Chiang Mai Design Awards winners announced
The finalists of the CDA 2013 were chosen at the selection meeting at
Sala Lanna Resort Chiang Mai on Monday 5th August 2013. Twenty-one have
been selected out of thirty-five shortlisted nominations and include
Librarista, Promenda Resort Mall, Sala Lanna Restaurant, Elephants by
Elephant Parade, Siam Royal Orchid, Soap & Scent and many others.
The four categories were Architecture & Interior (5 selected winners),
Crafts & Furniture (8 selected winners), Printed & New Media (4 selected
winners), and Packaging (4 selected winners). Requirements from the CDA
Judges include fulfillment of two out of three criteria to be eligible
for entry: (1) must be designed in Chiang Mai, (2) must be produced in
Chiang Mai, and/or (3) must be sold, available, and located in Chiang
The awards were conceived to further promote good design, designers and
Chiang Mai as whole. As Chairat Usavangkul, one of the judges, explains
“this is a voluntary initiative that we organize because we want to
highlight that Chiang Mai already has many good designs - at the same
time we want inspire businesses and designers and showcase the
importance of design.”
The Annual Chiang Mai Design Awards (CDA) by Chiang Mai Creative City
(CMCC) is an initiative that aims to promote innovation and creativity
across a range of design categories. The initiative was launched during
the Nimmanhaemin Art and Design Promenade (NAP) in December 2011.
Winning designs of the CDA 2012 were exhibited in both Chiang Mai and
The CDA focuses on design, often with a contemporary touch, rather than
pure art or craft. The purpose is to celebrate the talent in Chiang Mai
and stimulate investment in design as a strategic tool. As Tul Lekutai,
one of the judges explains “many companies and makers of products could
increase their sales significantly if they invest more in product,
packaging, or interior design”.
Most of the members of the CDA Judge Committee are part of the local
community in Chiang Mai, who believe that the province is in a strong
position to be known as a creative and culturally rich city, as well as
able to compete at international levels and serve international business
whilst still maintaining the Chiang Mai spirit.
The awards ceremony and exhibition is being planned and will be held in
October this year. (CMCC)