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Patong hotel staffer killed by lift counterweight

PHUKET: Police are investigating the death of a hotel staffer who was crushed by a lift counterweight in a hotel in Patong this morning (Aug 11).

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Friday 11 August 2017, 03:58PM

Rescue workers recover the body of hotel staffer Suthep Lukyee, 32, from Krabi, at the hotel in Patong this morning (Aug 11). Photo: Rescue workers
Rescue workers recover the body of hotel staffer Suthep Lukyee, 32, from Krabi, at the hotel in Patong this morning (Aug 11). Photo: Rescue workers

Staff at the hotel, located off Siriraj Rd at the southern end of Patong, notified police at 7:45am.

Officers and rescue workers arrived to be shown the body of Suthep Lukyee, 32, from Krabi, crushed over a steel beam – still pinned under the lift’s counterweight – inside the elevator shaft.

“At this stage we believe that Ms Suthep died of an accident,” Col Jongserm Preecha of the Patong Police reported.

“Mr Suthep might have climbed into the shaft to collect keys that had fallen down in the gap between the lift and the floor,” he said.

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“When the lift moved, the counterweight struck him,” Col Jongserm added.

“However, we are still investigating the incident with the forensic police,” Col Jongserm noted.

No mention was made of how Mr Suthep had access to an area normally restricted to service staff specifically for safety reasons.



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Christy Sweet | 14 August 2017 - 13:28:55

Eagle, Your ridicule is a standard issue response for selfish people not subjected to an unfair societal norm levied at one gender only. 
Men's titles are not based on marital status, women's are. If you cannot see how that is sexist, you must not have eyes-or is it OK that it is sexist?  You need to know for some reason whether women are married or not from their driver's license ? 

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Christy Sweet | 12 August 2017 - 16:04:32

Jor 12, Ben repeats the mistake within the article."Ms.." I doubt he knew the difference so I was pointing it as an  example of systemic sexism. 
Of course neither one of  you care because you are not titled by  your marital status while the opposite gender is.

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BenPendejo | 12 August 2017 - 13:35:19

Come on Ms. Sweet...take a breather.  I just copied and pasted the inane quote...and I'll go out on a limb and posit that most people couldn't give a rats tail about Ms. vs. Mrs.

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Jor12 | 12 August 2017 - 12:12:10

Christy...what has the title "Ms" got to do with the article. Ben correctly quotes Col (gender neutral) Jongserm from the article, however, clearly you can't work out that there was either a typo or  or incorrect quote given that Suthep is a male name. As a male I have several titles that I can use, but I don't care. 

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Christy Sweet | 12 August 2017 - 10:00:29

Ben, you may not be aware but Ms is for females. From Wiki; "Ms or Ms. is an English honorific used with the last name or full name of a woman, intended as a default form of address for women regardless of their marital status..."
 In the early 70's women got tired of having their titles tied into their marital status and it caught on in most places, hence Ms. - just like Mr..
Unfortunately as a 56 yo woman in Thailand, I have to choose Mrs. (married) or Miss (unmarried) for the title on my driver's license. Absurd and as sexist as it gets.

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malczx7r | 11 August 2017 - 20:46:05

My guess is that is wasn't locked, i've even been in my local bank where they leave the door to behind the counter open!

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BenPendejo | 11 August 2017 - 16:03:31

Love this statement..."“At this stage we believe that Ms Suthep died of an accident,” Col Jongserm reported".  Brilliant.  At first I thought that someone intentionally put him in an elevator and turned it on so the counterweight would get him...which is a very common method of offing someone.

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