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Patong tuk-tuk driver, four others, arrested for assault on Swedish tourist

PHUKET: Police have arrested one tuk-tuk driver and four other suspects for the assault of a Swedish tourist on Bangla Rd in Patong early yesterday morning (June 27).

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Tuesday 28 June 2016, 09:30AM

Officers were called to Bangla Rd at 3:45am, where they found a Swedish man lying unresponsive on the road. He was soon rushed to Patong Hospital and later taken to Bangkok Hospital Phuket.

The man was identified in the Patong Police report as 32-year-old “Frederik Gustav Wilhelm Erikson Holm”, but named by the Tourist Police as Federik Holm Ericsson Oestlund.

Witnesses told police that the tourist appeared to be drunk when he walked down Bangla Rd. He was reportedly heading to his accommodation but became embroiled in an argument with tuk-tuk driver Natee Dechaoop.

Police arrested Natee shortly after the incident, and after reviewing CCTV footage later yesterday, Patong Police Chief Col Chaiwat Uikum led a team of officers along with Tourist Police to arrest four more suspects: Yosphas Chaona, 21; Sompong Wichienrat, 29; Jirawat Pratumchart, 34; and Busaron Kalupae, 28.

New Paths Retreat

The Phuket News has yet to confirm whether or not the four were also tuk-tuk drivers.

All five were taken to Patong Police Station to be charged with assault.

The Swedish tourist was later discharged from hospital and yesterday was well enough to assist police.



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Boyphuket | 29 June 2016 - 11:26:45

Dear Police Patong Officer, 
Good Job. 

Kurt | 29 June 2016 - 00:43:04

A drunk tourist gets embroiled with 1 tuk tuk driver.
Bangla road tuk tuk drivers should be more professional in handing drunk tourists, a diplomatic gesture already can clear the air.
Here 5 thai men did make the tourist to be hospitalized.
I can't see it otherwise as these thai men hate foreigners and released themselve on him in that 'safe zone'.

Kurt | 29 June 2016 - 00:30:35

Exactly, Sir Burr.
It is scary that authorities bla bla a lot, wave with papers in the media, do a lot of lip service.
Perhaps think that public is not looking through such unprofessional behavior.
And as a cherry on the cake they visit foreign victims of thai assaults, speedboat crashes, etc., in hospitals and smile for the photo.
About the tourists going home in coffin they not talk.

Al t...

Sir Burr | 28 June 2016 - 16:30:50

How many times has this story been run in the Phuket media? Only the names change.
Unless authorities make an example of someone, the Thais on Bangla know that they can get away with literally murder.
Safety zone my arse!

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