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Foreigners charged with fatal recklessness in Russian’s death

Foreigners charged with fatal recklessness in Russian’s death

PHUKET: Police charged three foreigners with recklessness causing death related to the high-rise plunge of a Russian woman in Patong late last month.

By Bangkok Post

Thursday 9 June 2022, 09:15AM

The condominium where the late Russian woman and her friends stayed in Patong has external spiral staircases on its rear to connect rooms on different floors. Photo: Achadthaya Chuenniran

The condominium where the late Russian woman and her friends stayed in Patong has external spiral staircases on its rear to connect rooms on different floors. Photo: Achadthaya Chuenniran

Lt Gen Amphon Buarapphon, Commissioner of Region 8 Police, said on Wednesday (June 8) that American Smith Antwaun, 38, Jordanian Ahmad Alatoom, 28, and Russian Natalia Kosenkova, 35, faced the charge, reports the Bangkok Post.

The dead woman, Evgeniia Smirnova, 37, fell to her death from the eighth floor of a condominium on May 31.

Lt Gen Amphon said Ms Smirnova was very drunk while in the company of three other foreigners at the condominium.

The three friends told police she was intoxicated when she climbed an outside staircase between the seventh and eighth floors, the commissioner said. An autopsy found a very high alcohol level in her blood, he said.

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After reviewing existing evidence and witnesses’ accounts, police determined that all four foreigners had behaved recklessly, and the three arrested earlier for possession of marijuana were then charged with recklessness causing death, Lt Gen Amphon said.

However, police had not concluded their investigation and were collecting evidence in case there were grounds for a murder charge. Detectives were looking for any sign of a dispute or physical assault among the foreigners, the commissioner said.

He said Ms Smirnoa had arrived in Phuket in April and had travelled from and to Phuket repeatedly since then.

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Kurt | 30 June 2022 - 12:07:01

@Christysweet, you are right. I should have written 3 persons, not 3 men. But we still don't know or the 3 persons are forgotten in their Phuket police cells. Sounds funny, but I will be not surprised when Police really "forgot' about them. Not knowing what to do with them, after fantasy charging them. Also no word from Embassy/Consulate. Spooky case.

Pooliekev | 29 June 2022 - 16:17:54

@Kurt. One of the accused is a woman. Two men (one American) and one woman. Not three men. Got it?

christysweet | 28 June 2022 - 19:21:50

Three guys?  Er, at least one of the persons charged has a female name- NataliaT.  The other two are somewhat undiscernible. Are they sitting in jail cells? What a horror for them- friend dying so suddenly, and then this complete BS  charge.  

Kurt | 28 June 2022 - 13:24:05

It all seems so far to end up as a shameful RTP attempt to threaten a few foreigners.
Goal:  to squeeze money out of them. A shameful mis-use of law enforcement power! Worldwide noticed. TAT can't  work hard enough to improve that Phuket image.
In a split second a foreign tourist can find himself, law wise based on nothing, in a Phuket police cel.

Kurt | 27 June 2022 - 18:06:53

Yes, now:
--1  Were the 3 guys involved in het fall or not?
--2 The lady was very drunk. What was the conclusion of alcohol test of the 3 guys ?
--3 Found a mini amount of drugs. Were the 3 guys tested on use of drugs? 
--3 RTP charge slapping wild around, based on no evidence, that all 3 men should be drugs charged, is so dumb. So far we not hear about any evidence what justify that.

christysweet | 27 June 2022 - 16:23:51

"All four behaved recklessly"   Did they push her over or not? If not, the only charge is for the  now legal miniscule amount of pot.   Seems like the issue is these unfortunate 'foreigners' are out of  brown envelopes- to pay police or a lawyer. 

Kurt | 27 June 2022 - 09:43:22

How is the probe/investigation of the fall lady going on? Are the 3 man still in custody, or a;ready sett free and flew home?

JohnC | 10 June 2022 - 08:57:47

Another nail in the coffin of Phuket tourism. The repuration of this country and it's desire to suck every dollar it can out of any tourist who comes here, legally or any other way possible, is very well known. The saddest part is they really don't seeem to understand what they are doing so wrong....

Kurt | 10 June 2022 - 08:22:03

Unbelieveble! Government officials of smart countries will never hand out building construction certificates for open hotel spiral staircases as shown on photo. Almost a 'accident invitation' for when people come back from drinking, buy/use drugs at Bangla Rd.

Kurt | 10 June 2022 - 07:57:57

What is the 'drive' of the police to come out all the time with nonsense charges? Drugs use of 3 men? Already proven? Involved in her fall? Perhaps the 3 guys were sitting inside when that happen. Matters develop very lawless so far. Just shots in the air. Warning for foreign tourists: Watch your steps, carry phone number of Embassy.

Pooliekev | 09 June 2022 - 20:42:30

@CaptainJack69 The architect hasn't broken the law. What should he be charged with? 

Fascinated | 09 June 2022 - 18:45:56

Now that it is legal to possess cannabis (or is that just Thais?) will the charge over the scurrilous 1.1g be dropped? What kind of idiot designs staircases like this? I take it these were not the type of 'quality tourists' TAT is always banging on about.

CaptainJack69 | 09 June 2022 - 11:57:23

If your charging people with recklessness how about the architect who decided to put narrow unguarded spiral staircases 7 stories up? This woman was drunk and fell, end of story. Or are they going to ban alcohol now?

christysweet | 09 June 2022 - 10:39:42

I would be very surprised if the prosecutor takes this case.. Unfortunately the   foreigners are going to have to shell out  cash if they want to stay out of the clink short term. Truly  abuse of the law on part of the police- the pot charge is  warranted  (barely) but really  it's the legal alcohol that likely was the main cause and since she was an adult.....  How high were the railings?  


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