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Vol. XII No.17 - Sunday August 25 - Saturday September 7, 2013


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NEWS
 

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.

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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

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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 migrant workers.

Dr. 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 management.

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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 be collected.


Low cost eggs and meat

Government to offer discounted prices on some fresh foods

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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.

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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.

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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 slingshot.
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 – 140040.


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.

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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 contusions.
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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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 accidents.
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 hospitalized.
Important notes:
- 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 days.
- 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 criminal.
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.

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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 Mai.
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 Bangkok.
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)


 
HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Former policeman pleads guilty to 2008 murder of Canadian in Pai

Chiang Mai Zoo employees oppose merger

City prepares over 50,000 sandbags to ready for possible floods

Public Health Office works to combat dengue in migrant communities

Traffic police receive free police booth from AIS

Chamber holds seminar on trading with China

Chiang Mai City receives plaque from Pollution Control Department

Low cost eggs and meat

Lanna Expo and Health Fair at Royal Flora Ratchaphruek

137 Pillars House in unexpected win at Northern Bartender Contest

Northern police seize over 6.6 million Yaba pills in 10 days

Local teacher walks away from freak accident

Shoplifter nabbed after theft at Panthip Plaza

Arrest in April assault with an axe

Lamphun man caught with over 30 Buddha images

Elderly French man found dead in his apartment

What to do when you have a road accident?

Governor Tanin Subhasaen transferred to Lampang

Chiang Mai Design Awards winners announced

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