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Phuket Police urge Aussie tourists to file complaint over vicious beating by Bangla bar bouncers

PHUKET: Police have called on two Australian tourists who suffered a severe beating by security staff on Patong’s Bangla Rd to step forward and file a complaint so that charges can be pressed.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Friday 9 October 2015, 11:20AM

The guards claim the fight started after the two Australian tourists sexually harassed female customers and refused to pay for their drinks.

The guards claim the fight started after the two Australian tourists sexually harassed female customers and refused to pay for their drinks.

The attack, which occurred around midnight on Wednesday (Oct 7), was captured on video by a bystander who later posted the disturbing footage on Facebook.

The video went viral before it was taken offline.

The footage showed five Thai men dressed in black security uniforms repeatedly beating the two men, kicking the men in the head even while they were on the ground.

Police have identified and questioned the five security staff captured on video beating the two tourists, but so far have declined to name the attackers.

“All five security guards said that two drunk foreign men came into the pub and after they ordered more drinks, they refused to pay,” said Kathu Police Deputy Superintendent Lt Col Akanit Danpitaksarn.

“The guards said the two foreign men started the fight when the guards attempted to stop them from sexually harassing female customers in the pub.

“All guards admitted that they got very impatient with the two and escorted them out of the pub and said that the fight started after the two men tried to re-enter the pub.

Col Akanit urged the two tourists to come forward and file a complaint.

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“Otherwise, there is nothing more we can do,” he said. “I have warned the guards and told them to help preserve our ‘tourism image’ [sic], but no charges can be pressed against them until the victims file a complaint.

“Right now we are looking to find out who the two victims are and why they did not come forward to police after being attacked. So far we have no record of anyone filing a police report for assault over the incident.”

Kathu District Chief Sayan Chanachaiwong, who is investigating the incident, told The Phuket News that police have called on the Australian Embassy to try to contact the two men and convince them to file a police complaint.

“I have also recommended to Phuket Governor Chamroen Tipayapongtada that he order the White Room, the venue where the attack took place, to close for at least one week, while this incident is being sorted out,” he said.

“Right now all the police have is the security guards’ version of what happened. We really need the two tourists to come in and give us their version of events.”

Street violence in Phuket’s famed party town of Patong made international headlines in March, when 59-year-old expat Mark Pendlebury from Western Australia was charged for fatally stabbing a nightclub staffer.

Mr Pendlebury was charged with murder, despite his claims that he was acting in self-defence. He was later cleared by CCTV footage that convinced the Patong police to drop the charge against him. (See story here.)



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BigA | 10 October 2015 - 08:33:21

Just tell everybody when you come home incl. your local news papers and let's see what happen! Horst

simon01 | 09 October 2015 - 14:33:45

The White Room from the day it open several years ago has been the same. Every night the door staff were punching and kicking people. Every night fighting and dozens of people throwing up everywhere. For a long while it was known locally as the FIGHT Room and still after a revamp nothing has changed. The place is to be avoided at all cost. 

edward partridge | 09 October 2015 - 13:11:32

five security guards,in black uniforms.beating up two oz patrons,kicking them in the head while on the ground.real class!how does patong expect to attract tourists with that low class behaviour? anytourists ,families included,can not be sure of a happy ,safe,worry free environment when at at any time,they can be caught up in a vicious ,one sided brawl such as this,which is surely not uncommon,esp ...

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