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Shooting nightclub closed 30 days

PHUKET: The nightlife venue where a man brandishing a sword was shot dead by a pub security guard last week has been ordered closed for 30 days for late trading.

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By The Phuket News

Monday 8 August 2022, 10:50AM


Photo: PR Phuket

Photo: PR Phuket

The official notice was served on Friday (Aug 5), with the closure order in effect through to Sept 3. According to the order, the venue “is regarded as a place where illegal acts and behaviours are contrary to public order or good morals.”

The venue was finally identified by Phuket officials on Friday as ‘Sod’ (which depending on context may mean ‘fresh’, ‘single’ or ’live’, as in ’live music’), located at 445/1 Phuket Rd, Talad Yai, Phuket Town. The venue had previously traded as Nai Mueang Phuket pub and karaoke bar, located opposite Phuket Customs House on Phuket Rd, barely 200 metres from Phuket Immigration. 

While the order was signed by Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew, the announcement marking the closure order listed more than a dozen top-ranking local officers involved in the investigation, including senior police officers.

The closure order also followed the venue operator being given four days to try to explain why the venue was open so late.

Initial reports said police were called to the venue at 5:50am, but official reports later said the shooting happened at about 5am.

Yet according to the announcement by Phuket officials last Friday, the statement given to officials by the venue operator said the incident happened sometime after 4am.

According to the venue operator, patrons were outside the venue waiting for heavy rain to ease in order to go home. Apparently they had waited for hours.

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At about 4am, Traitaewit ‘Got’ Chindamaikul, 27, a resident of Phuket Town, had attacked a group with a sword after an altercation with a woman at the pub. One person had suffered serious injury to a finger, the venue operator, unnamed by officials, said.

In response, pub security guard Chaiwat ‘Od’ Chuwong, 35, pulled out his Glock 9mm handgun and shot Mr Traitaewit once in the chest, killing him. Traitaewit’s body was found beside his white pickup in the car park, more than 20 metres from the front of the club. Blood smear marks were on the side of the pickup showing that he had fallen there.

Mr Chaiwat waited for police at the scene and immediately surrendered the handgun used in the shooting.

The announcement by Phuket officials last Friday marked that Mr Chaiwat had no right to be carrying a firearm at the scene.

However, it was not confirmed what charges, if any, he would face for the transgression.

Officials did not confirm what charges, again, if any, Mr Chaiwat would face for the fatal shooting.

More than a week after the shooting, other than their inital reports on Aug 1, Phuket City Police and Phuket Provincial Police have yet to make any public statements about their investigation into the shooting.

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ematt | 09 August 2022 - 11:11:29

Edit: Where does it say that the guard was NOT licensed to possess the gun

ematt | 09 August 2022 - 11:09:39

@JohnC, where does it say that the guard was licensed to possess the gun and where does it say that the gun was concealed?  Is it really necessary for you to make things up, in order to justify your feelings of moral superiority?

christysweet | 09 August 2022 - 10:35:56

 Permitted or not, guns are not allowed in establishments serving alcohol-and for good reason. Shooting and killing is far past a 'transgression.' Seems the shooting occurred in the parking lot so  the clubs hours are immaterial but how nice they got cited.

Kurt | 09 August 2022 - 09:40:54

So, is Bangla Road, Patong now also regarded as a place where illegal acts and behaviors are contrary to public order or good morals?  Closed 30 day? Wait and see after 15-17 days. They sneaking , 5.50am, 5am, 4 am, soon misunderstanding, was 2 am. Was gun security guard a police provided gun? No  charges yet? Are RTP's owners of the place? 

JohnC | 09 August 2022 - 09:20:10

The laws here are really just a big joke. No right to be carrying a firearm. In other words, not licenced to carry concealed weapons so he should have been arrested just for that alone, without adding the killing of another person he had no legal right to interfere with. Who was paid off and how much did it cost him? Or who is protecting him is a better question.

 

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