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Brit Army veteran, 50, viciously attacked at gunpoint in Phuket

PHUKET: A couple from the United Kingdom have launched a fundraising campaign to pay for hospital bills after the man, an Army veteran, suffered multiple leg fractures in a vicious mugging in Phuket last Thursday (Nov 2).

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Monday 6 November 2017, 06:53PM

Mik Laverty from Newton Aycliffe, Durham, northeast England, suffered multiple leg fractures in the attack. Photo: Donna Spensley / Crowdfunder

Mik Laverty from Newton Aycliffe, Durham, northeast England, suffered multiple leg fractures in the attack. Photo: Donna Spensley / Crowdfunder

The couple, Mik and Denise Laverty from Newton Aycliffe, Durham, in the northeast of England, had landed on the island on holiday to celebrate man’s 50th birthday on hours before the horrific attack.

Mr Laverty was attacked by two young men who put a gun in his face and demanded money, reports The Northern Echo. (See story here.)

“Mrs Laverty said she had gone into a bar to use the toilet while her husband waited outside… When she got back she could not see her husband among crowds of people in the street so she frantically searched the resort before returning to their hotel,” said the report.

Staff checked CCTV footage but found no trace of Mr Laverty. However, hours later the hotel was contacted by a nearby hospital to say one of their guests had been admitted,” the report added.

“Mrs Laverty rushed to his bedside and was shocked to learn what had happened… Mr Laverty had been left so badly hurt that his recollection of the mugging is patchy but he remembered seeing a black 4x4 vehicle around the time he was grabbed.

“When he told the attackers had no cash they took his watch and keys and made off, leaving him in a side street with multiple leg fractures which have since been operated on,” The Northern Echo noted.

Mrs Laverty was initially too scared to return to the hotel fearful the robbers had the room key, the report added.

“She has since reported the crime to police and an officer and hotel security staff have helped. The couple expect to speak to the British Embassy today (Nov 6).”

The couple, who have two sons, have already had to pay about £3,000 (about B130,309) for medical expenses treatment but are concerned about spiralling costs while their insurers investigate.

“The insurance are disputing their claim and they need money to help them. Please give what you can,” urges a fundraising appeal called “Get Mik and Denise Home” set up by an old school friend of Mrs Laverty’s on the popular community website Crowdfunder.

The appeal raised almost £1,000 (about B43,430) in the first 24 hours. (See Crowdfunder appeal here.)

The current target for the fundraising is set at £10,000 (about B434,300).

The Phuket News as of this evening was unable to confirm details of the attack with the Phuket Tourist Police.



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Pauly44 | 08 November 2017 - 06:59:22

Fair to say anyone with an ounce of logic knew it had to be B.S, I struggle to comprehend why he would jump off a balcony on his first day on holiday, break his legs then say he was mugged, insurance pays hospital bills only if proven accident but what is to be gained from this, a free stay in hospital on your holiday, a ride in a wheelchair? I don't get it, what were they thinking, dumb!

Foot | 08 November 2017 - 04:30:33

My original post was based on the information provided.  At that time, nothing showed it was a fraud.

Belzybob | 07 November 2017 - 20:10:33

I love to say that I told you so. Now 'Foot' can take it out of his mouth perhaps?

Foot | 07 November 2017 - 19:14:22

A fraud.  turns out he did it to himself.

Eagle | 07 November 2017 - 18:55:51

Phuket should step up....It would be better next time to wait for more facts before advising something. Congrats to the other commenters for being suspicious!

stegee68 | 07 November 2017 - 18:31:37

why on earth should phuket pay anything- the couple have insurance- that is what it is for but i expect the insurance company will also want some details before they part with a penny- and i can't blame them.. utterly unconvinced.. and what utterly under-researched reporting- just a reprint of the article which was published in the UK based on hearsay.. where in phuket did the 'mugging'...

Kurt | 07 November 2017 - 15:37:24

It is a incomplete story.
I not see how a tourist during a few minute toilet stop of his wife at evening time can be kidnapped and robbed and 'given' a number of serious leg fractures.
Well, with help of Embassy, thai authorities, and their insurance it all will become more clear later.

For fundraising it is a bit to early. is itn't?
Let's hope Mr Laverty can recollect more a...

Foot | 07 November 2017 - 08:12:01

Under the circumstances, Phuket should step up and pay all expenses related to the attack.

Belzybob | 07 November 2017 - 06:10:14

This comment from 'a friend' is interesting: “The insurance are disputing their claim and they need money to help them."
Perhaps the insurance company is also suspicious about this story?


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