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09 January 2013 :: 10:01:45 am 70166

Russian gang attack Phuket couple at Catch Beach Club

Phuket resident Tom Travers says he and his Thai girlfriend Jen Khamsorn were subjected to an “unprovoked attack” by a group of Russians at Catch Beach Club, Surin, in the early hours of this morning.
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PHUKET – January 8, 2013; Speaking from a bed at Bangkok Hospital while he awaits surgery to put a metal plate in his cheek after it was fractured in three places in the fracas, Mr Travers – partner in Indigo Real Estate and a DJ at Bliss Beach Club – told The Phuket News that this was the first time in his nine years of living on the island that anything like this had happened.

Mr Travers, from Canada, was still clearly shaken up as he recounted what happened.

“Jen and I had popped in to Catch Beach Club for a late night drink because we had friends from out of town visiting us.

“We had a feeling there was going to be trouble because there was a guy walking around without a shirt on and that’s never a good sign.”

As they were getting ready to leave at around 2 am, they saw one man – from the group who would later assault them – arguing with a man in English.

“I wanted to get Jen out of that area, so I went to get her. I said hello to the man who was being spoken to by the group and the next thing I knew [one of them] had grabbed Jen by the neck and punched her in the nose (breaking it). I tried pushing them away and then it all became a blur, I was set on by three of them.”

It has been alleged in another news site on the island that the cause of the incident was because one of the members of the group had taken a liking to Ms Jen, to which Mr Travers had reacted aggressively.

Ms Jen vehemently denies this. “I had never spoken to any of them. They could barely speak English – when we were in the Cherng Talay police station later with them, one tried talking to me and I said I had nothing to say to him.”

Also, when they were in the station, through the aid of a translator, Mr Travers was told why the men said they had attacked him and Ms Jen.

“The translator told me that Jen had hit him with a plastic bottle on the back of the head. This was absolute nonsense. Jen was behind me.”

He said that he could not believe that police appeared to have let the attackers go.

“After the incident, we were told to go to hospital to receive get while two of the Russians (others who were apparently involved managed to escape) who were caught were taken to Cherng Talay Police Station.

“When Jen called the station this morning, they told her that the two men had already been released.”

A Cherng Talay police officer told The Phuket News that the Russians had not been let go.

“Their details have been recorded by Phuket Immigration, so they cannot leave Phuket until the investigation is complete.

“We have returned their passports but we know their identity. They have been allowed to go to hospital to get their injuries attended to. They have an appointment with investigators this afternoon.”

Mr Travers and Ms Jen were in Bangkok Hospital still receiving treatment when The Phuket News left early this afternoon, but Jen hopes that what happened today will have positive repercussions for the rest of the island from now on.

“We hope that this becomes a case study for everybody who comes here. We are local people, we can’t let people come here and get away with this kind of thing.”

The Phuket News contacted Catch Beach Club for comment and were told the manager at the time of the fight would not be on duty until later on today.

Credit By : The Phuket news

Category : Thailand News

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