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Police probe death of Belgian tourist in tuk-tuk argument in Patong

Police probe death of Belgian tourist in tuk-tuk argument in Patong

PHUKET: Patong Police are trying to unravel what led to the death of a 31-year-old Belgian tourist allegedly slipped and fell while coming to the assistance of his friend who was in the middle of an argument with a tuk-tuk driver.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Wednesday 8 March 2023, 05:15PM

Police were informed of the Belgian man’s death by staff at Patong Hospital at 5am today (Mar 8).

Police were informed that the man* had died as a result of an assault that occurred at Thammarat Apartment off Nanai Rd.

The man had been rushed to Patong Hospital, but later succumbed to his injuries.

However, according to Capt Nattawut Saraithong of the Patong Police, who questioned four witnesses to the incident, the Belgian man had slipped and hit his head on the ground.

The man was with a friend who was arguing with a tuk-tuk driver over a fare of B300.

The Belgian tried to intervene, but slipped and fell, and hit the back of his head on the ground, the “witnesses” told Capt Nattawut.

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Another tuk-tuk driver, who happened to be at the scene ‒ but not confirmed by Capt Nattawut as a party to the argument ‒ rushed the Belgian man to hospital.

The argument was loud enough to wake people in the area, who came out to investigate what was going on, Capt Nattawut said.

Forensic officers and Tourist Police are now involved in the investigation, Capt Nattawut said.

Officers will check any CCTV camera footage available in the area, he added.

Doctors at Patong Hospital will perform a post-mortem examination in the hope of confirming the cause of death, Capt Nattawut said.

* The Phuket News is withholding the man’s name until it has been confirmed that his next of kin have been notified of his death.

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christysweet | 10 March 2023 - 12:21:45

Terrible way to go RIP Folks, just  stay frosty out there.  I find ceaseless commentary to be a salve.

skorchio | 10 March 2023 - 09:37:48

keenly awaiting more info on this story, because it is truly shocking.

Kurt | 09 March 2023 - 11:32:46

A clear message for present- and future foreign tourists to Phuket. ...Ýou are your life not sure when you disagree with Thai Phuket transport cartel members. Getting back home safely after Phuket holiday? Just accept to be bullied, ripped off, insulted, and threatened. Argument results in fights and more. Sure more about this will come to your attention.

JohnC | 09 March 2023 - 09:26:55

Sounds very suspicious doesn't it. Were all the "witnesses" locals by any chance? As usual the taxi mafia will most likely be exonerated by the PLTO and RTP and blame the farang: 'He caused his own death by interferring in an arguement between his friend and one of Phuket's most unstanding citizens; a tuk tuk driver, well known for their good manners and great service record ...

Prab | 08 March 2023 - 21:51:53

the slump of nanai never end to surprise... i can see many more of those Accidents happening.. when you are in the bottom place of this jungle what can you expect? useless tourist and usual shadow on thailand 


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