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11 January 2013 :: 12:01:50 pm 70231

They started it’ say Catch brawl Russians

The two Russians involved in the brawl at Catch Beach Club at Surin Beach in the early hours of Tuesday (January 8) have denied starting the fight, and say there were injuries on their side, too.
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PHUKET – January 10,2013; Ilya Kononenko, 28, and Evgenyi Sopatenko, 25, who were arrested after the brawl, were today charged with committing bodily harm, which carries a maximum penalty of two years in prison or a fine of B4,000, or both.

The two have been released on bail of B30,000 each.

Well-known local deejay and real estate dealer Tom Travers from Canada and his Thai girlfriend Jen Khamsorn are both still in Bangkok Hospital following the fight, he with a cheekbone broken in three places and she with a broken nose.

“Igor”, a friend of the two arrested men, spoke today (January 10) with The Phuket News’ Russian-language sister paper Novosti Phuketa.

He said that Mr Travers and Mr Sopatenko got into a “drunken conversation” but Ms Jen, who seemed drunk, started insulting Mr Sopatenko, using foul language.

She then hit Mr Sopatenko on the head with a plastic water bottle. Some pushing and shoving ensued, with Mr Travers getting involved, then Mr Sopatenko’s friends, and fists flew.

He said that Mr Travers and Ms Jen were not the only ones injured; there were broken noses on the Russian side of the fray, too.

The club’s two bouncers and one security guard also became involved. None of them was injured, however.

The two Russians urged police to get hold of CCTV footage from Catch in order to prove what they said.

However, today club manager Benedikt de Bellis told The Phuket News that the club has just two CCTV cameras. These cover the cash desk only, and not the area where the brawl took place.

This afternoon Catch management held a meeting to discuss how to avoid a repetition of the incident. “This could have happened anywhere. All we can do is organise things so that they do not escalate in the future. We’re discussing plans.

“If we can do anything to make this side of the island safer, we will do it.”

Credit by : The Phuket news

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