Pol Lt Col Natchanon Kerdko, investigation officer at Karon Police Station, told The Phuket News today that tour representative Evgenii Baturin, 27, a resident of Phuket for six years, would appear in court tomorrow (April 26) after punching Australian tourist Mark Fuller, 45.
Col Natchanon said at around 9.30pm on Thursday night, Mr Baturin was driving on Patak Rd in Karon outside the Spice House restaurant, trying to find a place to park. He tried to park in front of the restaurant, but was told he couldn’t. This made him angry, Col Natchanon said.
He then drove around several more times trying to find a parking space. At the same time, the Fuller family – Mark, his wife and two children aged 9 and 10 – were walking along the side of the road, toward their hotel.
“The car driven by Mr Baturin drove past the family very close. Mr Fuller jumped out of the way before it hit them. He then complained angrily to Mr Baturin, who had his window down, that he shouldn’t drive like that.”
Col Natchanon said Mr Baturin then got out of his car, walked around the side and punched Mr Fuller in the face, knocking him down. One of Mr Fuller’s child cried for help, attracting a lot of attention.
Mr Baturin drove away, but a member of the public noted the licence plate number of his car, and gave it to police.
With two loose teeth and a cut on his head, Mr Fuller was taken to hospital.
Police visited the location to interview witnesses, and found that because Mr Baturin was a regular customer at the restaurant, someone knew he lived in Rawai.
“He drove a green-golden Ford Figo and there are only two cars of this type in Phuket,” Col Natchanon said.
“We went to his house. He confessed, so we brought him to police station. We confiscated his passport, and today we are waiting for the doctor’s report on Mr Fuller’s injuries.
“We will take that paper to the court tomorrow with him to charge him. If he runs away, we will ask the court to issue an arrest warrant.
“Mr Fuller has not asked for anything. He just wants his attacker to be prosecuted,” Col Natchanon said.