Phuket: Koh Phangan: ‘Don’t go if you value your life’


PHUKET: A British man has told British newspaper The Sun how he almost died in a stabbing at the same spot where British tourist Stephen Ashton was shot dead on Koh Phangan on January 1.
Monday 7 January 2013, 11:19AM

Full moon parties on Koh Phangan attract hundreds of tourists every month.

Full moon parties on Koh Phangan attract hundreds of tourists every month.

Backpacker Nathan Sharpe, 23, was speared by a six-inch blade which tore through his stomach, liver, pancreas and kidneys before grazing his spine, in May last year, The Sun reported.
The unprovoked attack took place yards from the bar on Koh Phangan where Mr Ashton, 23, was gunned down on New Year’s Day.
Mr Ashton was with a group of friends and three hundred other tourists in the 2013 countdown party at the Zoom Bar when he was shot by a home-made gun shortly after 4am, police said.
Mr Sharpe said, “My advice to anyone planning a trip to Koh Phangan is simple — don’t go if you value your life. Poor Stephen wasn’t as lucky as me,” he was quoted as saying.
Surgeons told Mr Sharpe it was a miracle he survived last May’s knifing.
“The police seemed more interested in making sure I paid my hospital bill than catching the man who almost killed me. They never told me anything else about the case.
“It wouldn’t surprise me if he’s still at large,” he told The Sun.
Ekkapan Kaewkla, 26, has been charged with killing Mr Ashton.
On January 2, the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO), the country’s foreign ministry, updated its online travel advisory with a strong warning over the possibility of criminal violence against tourists in Thailand, particularly on Koh Samui and neighbouring Koh Phangan.
“Western tourists have been victims of vicious, unprovoked attacks by gangs on Koh Pha Ngan. These attacks are particularly common around the time of the Full Moon parties and generally occur late at night near bars in Haad Rin,” the advisory said.

It seems that Koh Phangan is really becoming a dangerous place to visit. I for one will be staying away if favour of the quieter islands.

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Thai assault accused bail angers family of Yorkshire victim

Friends and family of a Yorkshire teacher have been angered by news that the man charged with his attempted murder has been bailed.

Adam Pickles, a 40-year-old English teacher from Keighley, was assaulted and left for dead on the drive back to his home in Thailand and has since spent nine weeks in a coma.
A British man was arrested at Bangkok Airport and later charged but Adam’s friends and family have since found that the suspect was bailed by Thai authorities as early as last Friday.
Adam’s best friend Neil Clappison said: “We are angry and upset that this man has been granted bail to walk the streets as he pleases given the alleged chain of events.
“This is nothing short of a complete disgrace and we are beginning to lose faith in the Thai authorities.”
Adam was discovered by a passer-by and rushed to hospital, undergoing two emergency operations to remove clots and bone from his brain.
After five weeks of being cared for at the Bangkok Pattaya Hospital, he was airlifted to Leeds General Infirmary on June 24.
Mr Clappison said: “It is vital that needless barriers do not arise towards a court of law hearing the facts about this horrific crime that nearly took him from us.”
Those close to the former Bradford Grammar School pupil fear that his alleged attacker may have already fled Thailand.
The attack came months after Adam missed the birth of his son last September due to a motorcycle crash which left him in a coma and surgery to rebuild his face.
A campaign to cover the father-of-one’s care costs, which have reached £123,000 and should rise, has so far raised £78,500.
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Dishonest cop sees sentence reduced from 1,765 years to 50

BANGKOK: — The Supreme Court on Wednesday sentenced a Bangkok policeman to a total of 1,765 years in prison for embezzling Bt512,342 in fines, but reduced that to the legal maximum jail term of 50 years.

The lawsuit stated Pol SgtKosol Jompol, 41, a former administrative Bueng Kum district policeman, had failed to pay the fines into state bank accounts but instead put the money into his own pocket on 353 occasions from February 10, 2003 to April 30, 2004.

The primary court had ruled on November 19, 2010 that Kosol was guilty and gave him a 1,765-year prison term, which was halved due to his useful confession and then reduced to the maximum jail term of 50 years along with an order to return Bt512,342 to the state.

After the Appeal Court upheld the ruling in September 2011, the defendant, who had been detained throughout the trial, appealed further for a reduced sentence. He claimed that he didn’t realise the consequences of his action, that he had no financial expertise, that he had to take care of his ailing mother and that he had already returned the embazzled money to the state.

However, the Supreme Court did not consider there were sufficient grounds for reducing the sentence, which the lower courts had appropriately passed, and thus upheld the ruling, which will see the former policeman stay in jail the maximum 50 years.

After hearing the verdict, Kosol appeared calm and without emotion. None of his family members was present for the verdict.

I reckon he is not going to be alive in any case when his sentence is served. Only in Thailand!

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Man is held over vicious attack on teacher Adam Pickles in Thailand

By Michael Black
BANGKOK: — A 43-year-old Briton has been arrested on suspicion of carrying out a road rage attack in Thailand which left a Keighley teacher in a coma.
Sean Henry Tinsley has been remanded in custody for the attempted murder of Adam Pickles, 40, after being arrested at Bangkok International Airport.
It is alleged that he attacked Mr Pickles with a wheelbrace after a vehicle incident in which a car was scraped.
Tinsley had left Thailand after the alleged attack on Mr Pickles, a former Bradford Grammar School student, in the resort of Pattaya – 80 miles east of Bangkok.
Tinsley, from Wolverhampton, was arrested on his return late on Friday and remanded in custody on Saturday at Pattaya Provincial Court.
Mr Pickles – who grew up in Riddlesden and is married with a nine- month-old son – is thought to have been attacked following an incident in which he scraped another vehicle while getting out of a parking spot in the resort city.
After six weeks Mr Pickles, the head of English at the Regent’s International School in Pattaya, was brought back home to the UK when a local and international appeal received a massive response for funds.

Full story here.

I hope that this cowardly thug spends the rest of his days in the Bangkok Hilton.

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