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Patong tuk-tuk, motorbike taxi drivers charged for violent attack on tourists

PHUKET: Five people in total – comprising tuk-tuk drivers and at least one motorbike taxi driver – have been charged with the vicious beating of two tourists in Patong last night (Mar 28).

By The Phuket News

Friday 29 March 2019, 02:56PM

UPDATE: Patong Polcec Chief Col Anotai Jindamanee has confirmed that the sixth suspect presented himself at the police station on Friday afternoon (Mar 29) to be charged.

Patong Police Chief Col Anotai Jindamanee confirmed to The Phuket News that five of the six people wanted for the attacked are in custody at Patong Police Station.

“We are waiting for one more person to present himself to be charged for the incident,” Col Anotai said.

The five in custody have already been charged with affray causing bodily harm, Col Anotai confirmed.

“Additional charges might be added later after we have concluded our investigation,” he said.

The fight broke out in front of the Malin Plaza on Pracha Nukroh Rd at about 11pm.

Parts of the vicious beating were recorded by a bystander. The footage recorded showed the tuk-tuk drivers and at least one motorbike taxi driver beating two men in the middle of Pracha Nukroh Rd.

The tourists were beaten to the ground, with several of their attackers kicking both men repeatedly while they were still down.

In the video recording a woman’s voice can be heard screaming for the attackers to stop. Her pleas were ignored.

The tourists were later identified as Khalil Humaid Obid Ali Al Alkaabi, 38, and Abdulla Humaid Obid Ali Al Kaabi, 35, both from the United Arab Emirates.

“I don’t know who started the fight first. We are still questioning the people involved now, but the tourists also fought back,” Col Anotai explained.

“The tourists – two men, a woman and a child – were walking along the road while shopping. They hailed a tuk-tuk in front of Marlin Plaza and asked the tuk-tuk driver to take them back to their hotel in Patong,” Col Anotai said.

“After they had settled on a price, the tourists put their shopping inside the tuk-tuk and walked away to look at other things at the plaza,” he added.

“The tuk-tuk driver then decided to not take them because it he said it was a waste of his time waiting for them and he told them to get another tuk-tuk when they were ready.

“That’s when the argument started, and the fight broke out – and other drivers around there came and joined in.

Col Anotai said both tourists escaped without sustaining serious injuries.

“One of the tourists was taken to Patong Hospital. Doctors told me that he has a bruised eye. The other man did not need any hospital treatment. He will get better in about a week,” he said.

Additional reporting by Eakkapop Thongtub



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Rorri_2 | 31 March 2019 - 04:47:48

"Well how can you make a tuk tuk wait and continue to shop," in this the Arabs are wrong, but hey, from an arrogant culture this is how it is... but no way can this justify the violent pack attack, and for this all tuk tuk, and motor taxi, animals should be fine AND jailed, with their licence to work revoked, permanently.

Winfield | 30 March 2019 - 23:29:52

In what civilized country does a gang of taxi drivers beat the crap out of tourists over a fare disagreement ? All the tuk tuk driver had to do was dump their shopping on the street. 

GerryT81 | 30 March 2019 - 15:43:36

Want to see one on one?Be smart 4,0 and go to your nearest Muay Thai Camp or your nearest Boxing stadium.

Kurt | 30 March 2019 - 13:26:16

What does the RTP officer mend to say with:  " But the tourists also fought BACK"? 6 Thai men attacked 2 tourists. Even hitting, kicking them when they were laying on the road! Is that 'fought back' statement to make it criminal wise 'softer for these thai primitive attackers? Bring up  the attack less serious? Minimise the thai loose face of attack? Smaller fines for friends...

Galong | 30 March 2019 - 07:00:51

Why do we never hear about one-on-one confrontations with the locals using Muay Thai?  It's always overwhelming odds and often with weapons.  It's as if they're afraid of a fair fight.  Plus, the locals know they'll get a slap on the wrist and a tiny fine no matter what they do. Phuket Smart City 4.0??

jslabbert | 29 March 2019 - 15:24:12

Well how can you make a tuk tuk wait and continue to shop! Really some tourists just think if the have money the Thai people must be slaves. Now I dont say tuk-tuk drivers are without fault, but to me here the Arabs were at fault and most probably insulted the tuk-tuk driver when he asked them to take another tuk-tuk when they are ready.

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