Thailand and a DNA match has been found, police said on Friday, adding that a case that damaged the country's tourism industry had almost been resolved. The Southeast Asian nation, which generates almost 10 percent of gross domestic product from tourism, is still under martial law after a May 22 coup that scared off some tourists. The bodies of David Miller, 24, and Hannah Witheridge, 23, were discovered on a beach on Koh Tao, or Turtle Island, in the south of the country on Sept. 15, close to the hotel where they had been staying. "The suspects admitted that they are the real culprits so we have brought both to do a reconstruction," national police chief Somyot Poompanmoung said. The men, identified by police as "Saw" and "Win", wore white motorcycle helmets and handcuffs as they took part in the re-enactment, a common practice in Thai murder cases. The pair raped Witheridge before killing her, Somyot told reporters in Koh Tao, adding that the DNA of the two men matched DNA found … [Read more...] about Two Myanmar men admit to murders of Britons in Thailand; DNA matches: police
Cleaner crime scene
Unsafe floating restaurants to be shut down Vietnam Inland Waterways Administration has asked the transport departments of cities and provinces nation-wide to strengthen the supervision of floating restaurants on waterways. According to Tran Van The, the deputy head of the administration, the operation of many unlicensed floating restaurants is risky, affecting the safety of waterway transport. The accident in Vinh Hy Bay in the nearby Ninh Thuan Province's Ninh Hoi District last month revealed the hidden danger of unlicensed floating restaurants in tourist spots. To deal with the situation, the city and provincial transport department will work with the related agencies and local authorities to inspect and review the current operation of floating restaurants. Unsafe and unlicensed restaurants will be shut down. Restaurant owners will be guided to register and enforce the relevant regulations to ensure safe operations on the waterways.Viet Trì Bridge to be repaired The Viet Nam Road … [Read more...] about Social News 20/8
HONG KONG, Dec 30, 2009 (AFP) - As hundreds of thousands of people prepare to gather for New Year's Eve, Hong Kong police are on high alert as fears grow that a mysterious acid attacker terrorising the city will strike again. As many as 2,000 officers are fanning out across Hong Kong's busiest districts in a bid to instill calm among the half a million people expected to congregate at outdoor celebrations on December 31. The countdown will be punctuated by a massive fireworks display set against the city's famous Victoria harbour, with many party goers descending on Causeway Bay. The busy shopping district was the scene of a December 12 attack that left six people injured, two of them seriously. "It's scary," said Stephanie, a 29-year-old office worker, as she walked through the shopping district. "You just don't know when or where it could happen next." Six unsolved attacks over the past year have left more than 100 people injured -- some sustaining serious burns to their face … [Read more...] about Mystery surrounds Hong Kong acid attacker
A DNA investigation of bloodstained clothes and body swabs has linked all five men and a juvenile accused of the gang rape and murder of a woman in New Delhi to the crime, providing evidence the prosecution claims will be enough to convict them. Prosecutors say their case will also hinge on cellphone records and on testimony from the dying woman and a male companion who was attacked with her on a moving bus in the Indian capital on Dec. 16. However, the case against the men may not be open and shut in a country where shoddy forensic practices are one of the chief reasons for a low conviction rate in rape trials. Defence lawyers told Reuters they were preparing to reject the forensic findings as fabricated. They said they would also contend that the case is unsafe because police rushed investigations after an outpouring of popular fury over the attack. Two of the four defence lawyers have said their clients were tortured in custody to make confessions that looked … [Read more...] about India rape prosecutors bank on DNA, despite poor forensic track record
Vietnamese netizens have recently expressed outrage at some of the songs they called "music disasters." These songs, they charged, were an offense to the ears of the unfortunate people who have to listen to them. "Nhac te ghe" (falling-out-of-chair music), a term coined by Tuoi Tre Newspaper to describe the kind of music that is so bad or shocking that it can make the listeners fall out of their chairs, has attracted an enormous amount of attention from the netizens who responded with tons of critical comments. "Nhac te ghe," a disaster To the people who dislike the music, if you are not a fan of Vietnam's pop music, then listening to these "disastrous songs" only confirms your good judgment. With overly simple, to the point of being inane, lyrics, the song "Tam Hon La Vinh Cuu (Eternal Soul), sung by Phi Thanh Van, gave a nasty shock to people who listened to it. Written for the movie "Tham My Vien (Beauty Salon)," the song tells the story of an unattractive girl whose life … [Read more...] about “Falling-out-of-the-chair” music, a disaster?