Theerarak Suthathiwong

Wednesday, 04 June 2014 15:34

Drunk painter drowns during hunt for snack

A drunk painter died after diving into Mabprachan Reservoir to hunt for snails.

The unnamed victim, in his 30s, was fished out of the lake by four divers May 28.

Tawee Simmakul, 45, said he met the victim the day previously at a construction camp. They had been drinking together and gotten hungry. The dead man decided to hunt for snails that he could grill as a snack.

The swimmer cut his jeans down to shorts, dived in and never surfaced.

Tourism officials are looking to the domestic market to revive Pattaya’s tourist sector, showing off the city at a Bangkok trade fair and launching a new weekday travel promotion.

Six regional dance teams will compete for 1.7 million baht in prizes after winning their way through the qualifying rounds of the Tesco Lotus Aerobic Dance for Health competition in Pattaya.

Pattaya-area police have arrested a third man in last month’s robbery of a Sukhumvit Road automated-teller machine.

Pattaya-area Russians joined local politicians in celebrating the 69th anniversary of Victory Day, the May 9, 1945 capitulation of Nazi Germany to the Soviet Union in World War II.

Wednesday, 21 May 2014 15:27

Nigerian wanted for killing of countryman

Police are searching for a Nigerian man who killed his supposed friend in a quarrel over money in East Pattaya.

Six Australians and a New Zealander were arrested when police raided yet another central Pattaya bar allegedly masquerading as an off-track-betting parlor for down-under horse racing.

A day after being arrested for a drunken beer brawl, a 37-year-old Norwegian man cut his own throat with a steak knife and threatened to electrocute himself due to a fight with his girlfriend.

Police are searching for an early-20s man who allegedly tried to rape a 21-year-old woman in East Pattaya.

The victim in the May 3 incident near the Linlinee Music School near Soi Siam Country Club successfully fought off her attacker, who was described as a male friend of the woman’s lesbian girlfriend. Wrapped in an advertising poster and covered in dirt, she called police from a 7-Eleven at the entrance of Soi Nernplabwan.

The victim told police she and her girlfriend were drinking at the Kaewta Cafe near Jomtien Beach with a man she knows only as “Nat.” After the girlfriend left, Nat offered to drive the victim home, but said he had to pick up a motorbike from his brother’s house behind Taihee Temple.

Finding no bike, they walked out through a small road where Nat allegedly pulled her into the woods, tore off her clothes and attempted to rape her. The victim, however, fought back, leaving the attacker on his back and her running for help.

An American-Thai man was killed after he slammed his new, high-powered motorbike into the back of a parked truck on Thepprasit Road.

Amnuay Ananthakul, 21, suffered a fractured skull in the crash just before midnight May 2 in front of Samui Easy Tech Co. The force of the impact pushed a Mazda pickup truck 20 meters from its parking spot.

Subban Burton, manager at Samui Easy Tech, said she had parked the truck in front of her shop and home before receiving a telephone call from an employee that the vehicle had been rear-ended. The crash actually awakened her family.

“I was upstairs sleeping like a rock when phones started ringing everywhere,” Easy Tech owner Stephen Burton told friends on his Facebook page. “Sounds of a police/ambulance sirens and 50+ folks milling around Thepprasit Road’s latest vehicle carnage on (the) front door.”

Burton’s damaged truck was impounded, leaving him to work out with police in the days following to retrieve and repair it.

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