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Thais, Russian charged with assault following Phuket street brawl

PHUKET: Police have confirmed to The Phuket News that four Thais and one Russian have been charged with assault following a street brawl in Karon last Sunday (Oct 23).

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Friday 28 October 2016, 10:07AM


The brawl is said to have started after a taxi driver asked the Russian tourists to slow down when driving through Karon Centre. Photo: Screengrab
The brawl is said to have started after a taxi driver asked the Russian tourists to slow down when driving through Karon Centre. Photo: Screengrab

Karon Police Chief Col Sanya Thongsawas told The Phuket News yesterday (Oct 27) that five people involved in the street fight have been charged with assault.

The four Thai nationals were named as Mr Sangown Saeing, 37; Mr Wutthichai Sanghala 36; Mr Ewe Salag 26, and Mr Jaran Noosong, 38, the Russian was named as Mr Edgar Khetagurov, 26.

Last Sunday’s brawl between local taxi drivers and a group of tourists on motorbikes happened at about 2:40pm on Kata Rd, near the main three-way intersection in Kata Centre. Four taxi drivers involved in the brawl were injured, while the tourists suffered only scrapes and bruises. (See story here.) 

Chief Col Sanya said, “Jaran suffered the worst injuries as he was hit in the face with a brick by Khetagurov. Jaran was taken to the emergency room that day, but he is out of the hospital now.”

“We were told that the fight started when one of the taxi drivers told the group of tourist to slow down, but the group revved up the engines on their motorbikes. The two groups then exchanged words and it escalated into a brawl,” he said.

“From the video, it appears that Khetagurov was slapped first, then Jaran was hit in the face with a brick, after that it escalated into a brawl. The other taxi drivers had minor injuries and some had their teeth broken.

“All five have been charged with assault and the case is now with Phuket Provincial Courty,” he added.

 

 

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kjm | 31 October 2016 - 18:54:56

Dear Phuket News, why have you failed to publish important news about british foreigners in phuket committing crime and why on earth do you publish anything from a anonymous coward, ignorant and non welcome foreigner(s) calling themselves CAPTAINJACK69 in this forum? This sort of mindless comment reflect very poorly on british foreigners in thailand, but seems this group  preaches about standards when in fact they love double standards, read can comment on others posts but others can comment.

@malczx7r - kudos to you sir, at least it seems you are fair. please also note, i did not comment on the legal issue, but merely pointed out some nationalities like to preach how to do and behave but when it comes to themselves... no laws apply. 

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nemrut | 30 October 2016 - 17:12:39

Bunch of low-life farangs, gooing to another country and behaving as if they can do as they please.

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malczx7r | 29 October 2016 - 10:39:15

Kjm, I am british and if a British low life scum has done wrong, i'd happily post that they are scumbags and deserve locking up, there are many low lifes here, Aussies, Russians, Brits, many nationalities and if they break the law then they rightly should be named and shamed!  You do make a fair statement about self defence though, but life in the LOS law is never like home, when a guy stole a car with a woman inside and assaulted her, he didn't get charged with assault, just stealing the car! Crazy!!

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samantha | 29 October 2016 - 02:17:56

Thai slap started it all. Doesn't surprise me. When are these Thai vigilantes going to stop taking the law into their own hands and behaving like thugs? When they get together they're weak cowards.

I don't defend the Russian because he was far too aggressive and needs to be locked up for serious assault.

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CaptainJack69 | 28 October 2016 - 22:17:52

Dear Phuket News, why on earth have you published the offensive and utterly nonsensical tirade submitted below by some anonymous coward calling themselves kjm? This sort of mindless comment reflects poorly on your excellent publication.

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Kurt | 28 October 2016 - 17:25:58

Just joking, they all will be fair judged.
Thai and Russian get a fine.
But in different amounts.
Like foreigners pay 10 times more than thai to visit a national park. Hahaha.

About National Park entrance fees, why a foreigner on a motor bike must pay 10 times more than a thai family who enters the park with a BMW or Mercedes car?

Rich thais, traveling first class to Europe, are laughing that they pay there same entrance fees as the Europeans.
Sometimes even buy there property, everything freehold, as a thai foreigner. 

Still a lot to equalize, in Thailand, or in Europe.

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kjm | 28 October 2016 - 14:35:05

im failing to understand why pn is not reporting on the british low life who stole a tuk tuk drivers wallet and other valuables? is it because it will tarnish the reputation of british people, many of whom complains on a daily basis, wthout fail at this forum, about bad behaviors from other nationalities but are quiet as a mouse when their fellow countrymen/women .uck up!

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malczx7r | 28 October 2016 - 12:25:45

Be interesting to see what the resulting fines/punishment is between Thais and Farangs!

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kjm | 28 October 2016 - 10:27:47

why is the russian charged when the thai was the first one to throw a hit - to me its more likely self-defense.

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