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Missing Brit found safe

PHUKET: British national Peter Murrray, 60, reported as missing by his family in the UK, is safe and on the island, but being detained at Phuket Provincial Prison while driving charges against him are being heard in court.

By The Phuket News

Monday 10 August 2020, 04:36PM

Peter Murray is safe and in good health, but being detained at Phuket Prison while waiting for driving charges against him to be heard in court. Photo: Supplied

Peter Murray is safe and in good health, but being detained at Phuket Prison while waiting for driving charges against him to be heard in court. Photo: Supplied

Concerns for Peter’s welfare were raised last week when his niece Shannon reached out to The Phuket News for help in locating her uncle.

Peter’s sister Sonia explained that Peter had booked tickets to fly to Bulgaria to meet family there, but failed to arrive on Aug 2. All attempts to contact Peter since then had failed.

Peter had been living in Phuket Town for about four years, Sonia noted.

Lt Wirote Pornpraprut of the Phuket City Police confirmed to The Phuket News today (Aug 10) that Peter is currently facing charges of drunk driving and reckless driving after he was involved in an accident on July 28.

He was held at Phuket City Police Station on July 28-29, then arraigned and taken to Phuket Provincial Prison to await trial, Lt Wirote said.

Lt Wirote gave only a brief description of the accident. “Peter was driving a motorbike that collided with another motorbike. The person riding the other motorbike was injured, but the injury was not serious,” he said.

“I checked his alcohol level, which registered as 300mg [0.3 BAC], and so I charged him with drunk driving,” he added.

Lt Wirote told The Phuket News, “Peter’s case was reported to the [British] embassy on the same day of the accident, July 28,” Lt Wirote said.

Asked Peter’s current state of health, Lt Wirote confirmed, “He is fine.”

Asked why there was such a long delay in processing a simple drunk driving and reckless driving charge, Lt Wirote said he had to wait for a criminal background check to come from Bangkok.

A representative with the British Embassy in Bangkok this afternoon confirmed that Peter is safe, and is receiving embassy assistance.

The Phuket News was granted three minutes to speak with Peter at the prison this afternoon.

Sporting a prison haircut, Peter was not overly in good spirits, but confirmed that he was in good health.

“I am still sore from the accident,” he said, pointing to the right side of his body.

Peter also confirmed that a British embassy representative had already visited him earlier this afternoon, along with a person who had been assisting the family to locate him**.

“I hope to post bail by the end of this week,” Peter said, also pointing out that he was a regular reader of The Phuket News.

** Correction: A person assisting the family to locate Peter had accompanied the embassy representative, not an actual family member. Our apologies for the misunderstanding.

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DeKaaskopp | 20 August 2020 - 08:58:37

Yes Tbird,you nailed it. I have sordid business interests in this case and Mr.Murray is complete innocent .Hopefully after revealing the whole truth you can go on with a happy life now !

Tbird | 19 August 2020 - 21:43:08

or other assorted sordid "business" interests.

Tbird | 19 August 2020 - 21:41:20

Dek, True . You do not know me. You do not know Mr. Murray. HOWEVER, your Willingness to give credence to KNOWN liars, KNOWN thieves, and KNOWN extortionists , only makes me doubt your objectivity ( or lack thereof). The RTP is corrupt to its very heart...if you do not admit it , it's because of a profound moral character flaw.

Editor | 15 August 2020 - 17:28:13

Please note that the last of the off-topic comments have been allowed only to allow right of reply. Please keep comments on topic, and not focused on the people posting them -- Ed

LALALA | 15 August 2020 - 15:53:11

DEK.. again, did you ever visited KZ ? No you didn't, that's why you writing nonsense, same as on many other topics here. And yes, it suits me very well. LOS=Land of Scam definitely does not.

DeKaaskopp | 15 August 2020 - 14:52:59

@Tbird   I do not know you or your connection to Mr.Murray.Therefore why should I believe anything you say except for that this prison is a shit hole.Fact is he wouldn't stay there if he hadn't have an accident and injuring someone while under the influence of alcohol.Or is this story made up too ?Anyway I hope he can post bail soon to go out of that prison.

DeKaaskopp | 15 August 2020 - 14:33:27

@Lalala   Yeah,it's all the western propaganda. Never true ! Same saying in most countries with a disputable recognition. Lol ! Anyway ,I would be more than happy to see you moving there and being happy forever.That place definite suits you !

Tbird | 14 August 2020 - 21:05:16

Dek: Interesting that you should be privy to the facts of the case.... how would that be? Because you are not. I actually spoke with the man about his situation. You did not. Of course, you are more than willing to take the absolutely corrupt RTP at their word. Regardless, NO ONE should be held in that HELLHOLE without the opportunity to post appropriate bail.....

LALALA | 14 August 2020 - 18:25:58

By the way, the Kazakh government ended the emergency degree end of May, not like the Gov here in LOS. And they are actually having an elected Government, similar kind staged like in LOS, corruption is actually declining, was fun 10 years ago though, especially as a foreigner with the right background.

LALALA | 14 August 2020 - 18:08:17

DEK...did you been in KZ ? Or are you following western propaganda news. KZ has  better and cheaper food, housing, schooling, vehicles, restaurants, nicer girls, better people, better expat community and sport opportunities etc. etc., you pay the half than in LOS and get the double quality. A monthly budget of 10K US in LOS for a family of 4 you can cut down to 3-5K US in KZ. 

DeKaaskopp | 14 August 2020 - 16:15:08

@Tbird   No one to blame except himself ! Being that drunk and driving a bike and having an accident-  He is old enough to know what he did wrong.I was caught once for drink driving.I paid a hefty fine and I learned my lesson.Probably he will learn too.

DeKaaskopp | 14 August 2020 - 16:08:02

@lalala  Going to KZ ? Yeah,that must be the perfect place if one doesn't like Thailand"s corruption,or the judicial system here or the ruling government.Better to have an elected government like that of KZ. Hahaha !  You should become a comedian !

Tbird | 14 August 2020 - 15:26:18

Also: The photo in the article depicts a happy, healthy looking chap. When I met him, he looked like he had been through hell.... actually he was still in it! Dek: I promise you that if you spent 3 days in that prison , you would be singing a different tune( this Bird sure is!)

Tbird | 14 August 2020 - 15:12:46

DeK: Self-Preservation requires me to be vague. Lalala: You got it about right. Don't come here without enough money for potential payoffs. If you are here often, eventually it will be your turn to pay the fiddler.

LALALA | 14 August 2020 - 12:01:20

DEK... it is about the availability of flights / VISA situation to/in my destination. There are NO flights available to KZ at this moment, as simple as that. For me the statement of Tbird is very clear but it does not wonder me that you not understand it or do not want to understand it. You are obviously already well adapted to the so called culture here. I no undelstand, solly no have...

DeKaaskopp | 14 August 2020 - 11:26:13

@lalala   Always mind boggling that someone who comes here for years and still isn't capable to find a way out of here gives warnings for others to come to Thailand ! Apart from that Tbird's  statement is very vague !

LALALA | 14 August 2020 - 08:49:39

Tbird...exactly what I said, they required unreasonable compensation or bail because a foreigner as involved....Thailand = LOS = Land of Scam. This should be another warning to all foreigners to avoid visiting LOS in the future. Waiting for your qualified comment on this matter DEK.

Tbird | 13 August 2020 - 21:56:03

To Clarify: I met this English Dude. In the Prison. I was set up in a shakedown. They wanted half million baht. Anyone who thinks the Thai Judicial System is not rotten to the core is unique specimen of ignorance.

Tbird | 13 August 2020 - 21:52:52

"There are a great many opinions in this world, and a good half of them are professed by people who have never been in trouble. 

Anton Chekhov

Kurt | 13 August 2020 - 19:21:53

@P. I don't know why and what for you grip the word 'arraigned' to be able to give a negative reaction. Did your crystal ball told you that  I not know the meaning of that word? Time to polish your crystal ball. You are funny. Why not lift to higher reaction level?  :-)

LALALA | 13 August 2020 - 18:51:32

DEK...thanks for sharing your obviously extensive experience with noodle soup, drunk driving and accidents and its procedure involving RTP. Shouldn't this tell us something ? 

Pascale | 13 August 2020 - 16:13:29

@K.    "He was held at P.C. P.S.on July 28-29,then arraigned and taken to...." Kurt,learn the meaning of "arraigned" before commenting on the subject any further.

DeKaaskopp | 13 August 2020 - 11:16:40

@Lalala   As you still can't figure out a way to leave Thailand, I guess you have to eat your instant noodle soup longer in order to spend as little money as possible.And no,I don't feel like a walking ATM machine. Probably because I know to avoid places where you get ripped off.I just use my common sense.Something you don't have.

DeKaaskopp | 13 August 2020 - 11:09:22

@Kurt  To clarify something for you: Those who can go to court on Monday,are only those who were caught drunk driving.Being involved in an accident will most of the time prolong your stay,unless you can pay bail ! Btw,you can stay here legal ,but that doesn't mean your criminal record is clean.

Kurt | 13 August 2020 - 09:14:09

Dek, thx for underlining the difference. Thai arrested during weekend already in Court on Monday. Foreigner, takes weeks. Don't come on board with that silly lie RTP Lt. of 'criminal record check'. Mr Peter is here 4 years legal, Yearly legally checked by Immigration + many 90 days report. So, clear that he has no criminal record.


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