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PHUKET: Police have yet to make any progress in arresting a foreign man for stabbing a British national in Phuket earlier this month – with the victim and his girlfriend both not answering police calls or assisting the police in any other way, The Phuket News has been told.

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By The Phuket News

Thursday 16 May 2019, 06:06PM


British national Neil Goodwin spoke to police at the hospital, but then disappeared, Col Nikorn said today (May 16). Photo: Chalong Municipality

British national Neil Goodwin spoke to police at the hospital, but then disappeared, Col Nikorn said today (May 16). Photo: Chalong Municipality

Neil Goodwin, a 35-year-old expat resident of Rawai, was stabbed in the car park at the We Cafe restaurnat on Chao Fa West Rd on the evening of May 1 after arriving at the venue with his girlfriend, Sudarat Harnma.

Mr Goodwin was rushed to hospital before police arrived. He had been stabbed twice: once in the left shoulder and once in the left side of the body.

Ms Sudarat accompanied him to hospital, where the pair were questioned by Capt Chatree Chuvichian of the Wichit Police.

At last report Wichit Police Chief Col Nikorn Somsuk on May 3 said, “He remains at the hospital until doctors decide he is ready to be discharged.” (See story here.)

However, that was the last time police heard from Mr Goodwin or Ms Sudarat, Col Nikorn told The Phuket News today (May 16).

“We have a problem. The British victim has not answered any calls by police for the past 15 days,” Col Nikorn said.

“He and his girlfriend are still avoiding police contact since they spoke with police at the hospital, as if they don’t want to talk to investigators,” he added.

“It is our job to find the man who hurt Mr Goodwin, but we need better information," Col Nikorn said.

Due to the nature of the crime, police must investigate the incident and do their best to bring the attacker to justice, Col Nikorn added.

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Col Nikorn confirmed that police have a description of the suspect and even have CCTV footage of the suspect from the venue.

“But the footage is not clear, we are unable to determine anything about the suspect’s features from the images,” he said.

He added that Wichit Police do know the man’s name and nationality, though he declined to reveal that information publicly.

Also, despite having that information, Col Nikorn confirmed that his officers have not requested any assistance from Phuket Immigration about locating Mr Goodwin.

“We have not. We are doing our own investigation,” he said.

“My team is checking whether Mr Goodwin has a criminal record in Thailand because his behavior is weird,” Col Nikorn said.

“He was stabbed but he does not explain more information to us,” he added.

Col Nikorn declined to reveal any other information about the case, but assured his officers were continuing their investigation.

 

 

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Jor12 | 21 May 2019 - 06:24:26

If you bother to read the article it says the victim was interviewed in hospital.  If you also read, they know where he is but refuses to co-operate which is his legal prerogative. 

Kurt | 16 May 2019 - 19:36:09

Funny police story. Just sitting on hands since First of May? Not  contacting victim in hospital a few days later to interview him? And, not cooperating/coordinating  with Immigration for  his address?  All together very weird. And, girlfriends can disappear if they are thai, birmese, lao or cambodian and not want to be involved. The usual stuff.

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