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The young Australian shows his wounds after an alleged attack

Aussie Father and Son Beaten by Gang in Chiang Mai, Police Told

Wednesday, June 17, 2015
PHUKET: A father and son from Australia have told police in Thailand that they were beaten up by a gang of thugs wielding pieces of wood in the tourist city of Chiang Mai early yesterday.

Photos taken of the pair show wounds consistent with their story.

Police are anxious to find security camera footage to corroborate the account and to provide clues about the men's alleged assailants.

The Australians went to a pub in a district known as Chiang Mai Land on Monday night, police were told.

About 6am on Tuesday as they made their way home, the gang of youths attacked them with pieces of wood, the men told police.

They walked on after being assaulted and were helped by monks at Fai temple, the son told officers. The monks sent them to a hospital and the son later reported to a police station.

The men admitted to being drunk at the time they were allegedly assaulted.

A bandaged hand, an abraded face, bandaged head and torso were among the signs of having been beaten up displayed by the younger Australian.

His father appeared to still be in a hospital bed at the time the photographs accompanying this article were taken.

Police contacted by Phuketwan today were unable to remember the names of the two men.

It is not clear whether they have sought consular assistance from the Australian embassy in Bangkok.


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Wonder what they did to upset the locals

Welcome to Thailand !

Posted by Discover Thainess on June 17, 2015 19:55


Nice. Hopefully there is some more crack police work and they find this assault on CCTV, otherwise the investigation is over. Hopefully they catch these thugs and fine them all the standard 250 baht or whatever... teach them a good lesson for this misunderstanding.

Posted by Richard Vickers on June 17, 2015 20:01


you don't pay the bill, you pay the price

Posted by mike on June 17, 2015 22:13


I came home once at 3:59 AM from a night on Bangla Road. They beat me by a few hours. I wonder what time they started partying? If it was midnight, that's 6 hours of tipping..


We make our own problems 99% of the time..

Posted by farang888 on June 17, 2015 22:15


Started searching around on the web for causes and motives. One site said that the father and son refused to pay the check/bill at a karaoke bar. Another site said that they fought back a gang after their bags were attempted to being snatched. I guess the truth will surface after these 2 party hounds sleep it off and sober up.

Posted by Donald Jackson on June 18, 2015 05:54


If you read the story on BP, it mentions many times the Aussies were very drunk as if to suggest it's perfectly ok to beat up drunken foreigners.

As far as I know there's no crime enlisted in Thai law which stipulates locals can beat up foreigners as a punishment.

If someone believes these men committed a crime, they should have called the police.

Posted by Herbert on June 18, 2015 07:42

Editor Comment:

Total nonsense, Herbert. The article you cite does nothing of the kind. I don't know why you have such a warped view about Thailand, but your pre-judgement bias is shameful. The word ''drunk'' appears just twice. Readers can assess for themselves how far you have twisted the facts:


The whole BP article is what's biased, not me.

When reporting similar cases back home, the media does not even mention the nationality of the participants, let alone highlight potentially negative factors irrelevant to the case.

This is to ensure unbiased and fair reporting without inciting prejudice.

Unless of course someone considers being drunk not only a crime but also a justification for getting beaten up.

Even that was cast in doubt by using the wording "alleged" as if the wounds were accidental or self-inflicted. A wording that has since been changed from the original report.

I wonder why.

Posted by Herbert on June 18, 2015 08:30

Editor Comment:

The bias is in your head, Herbert. The nationality of people is always mentioned ''back home'' - where it's relevant, and of course in this case, it's relevant. Nobody can say for sure what actually happened, Herbert, which is why wise heads wait to see what police conclude. Rushing to judgements based on your preexisting prejudices is foolish. Best to read with an open mind, and to stay that way until all the evidence is presented.


You are entitled to your opinion, just as I am to mine. Both based on our experiences.

Neither is wrong or right, merely different. Personal insults only undermine your POV.

In addition, and with all due respect, you do not know where my "home" is but it is not the same as yours. We also use a language you are not able to read so you can't possibly know what is or is not reported back in my home media.

My point is and was that the report on BP was significantly different in tone of that here on PW.

IMO yours was neutral and factual, BP was biased and suggestive.

Posted by Herbert on June 18, 2015 09:02

Editor Comment:

You are not entitled to apply your preexisting prejudices to cases in which you have no special knowledge and expect others to value your ''opinion,'' Herbert, This is an error of logic that you should admit. Your guesswork is sad and irrelevant. Our report was filed many hours before the Bangkok Post, so comparisons are not valid. Your ability to provide a rational ''opinion'' is handicapped by your desire to make a point that only exists in your mind. Unintelligent, Herbert.


Prejudices ?

How is the nationality of these men in any way relevant compared to identifying them just as 2 foreign men ?

Highlighting the fact they were Australian and drunk draws expected, prejudicial responses.

Reading the "drunken, misbehaving Aussies" comments on BP proves that point.

By reporting it the way BP did they knew what type of comments it would draw. The report deliberately targeted the prejudices some have about Australian males.

Surely being an Australian male is neither a disability nor a crime.

This is exactly the reason why the media back in my home country has for the most part refrained from mentioning irrelevant facts which will only incite prejudicial comments and sentiments, thus clouding the core issue.

This is no guesswork. Everyone can read the comments on the BP report.

I don't expect you to value my opinion any more than you do that of others. Which is, almost non-existent.

Posted by Herbert on June 18, 2015 09:28

Editor Comment:

Supposition and faulty logic are your prerogative, herbert, but the BP is no more responsible for comments on articles than PW is for comments here. If you believe that BP and PW are responsible for the comments of its readers, you'll believe anything. I do hope that's not the case.


They must have misreported the nationality as Aussies don't get very drunk. We get nissed as a pewt.

Posted by MoW on June 18, 2015 10:15


"Police are anxious to find security camera footage to corroborate the account and to provide clues about the men's alleged assailants."

"Police contacted by Phuketwan today were unable to remember the names of the two men."

Somehow these 2 sentences don't seem compatible.

Posted by James on June 18, 2015 15:36


@Herbert, Thank you for your dogged determination in attempting to get your points across. As a reader, I found some degree of humor. In fact, perhaps you even did.

That the Editor replies to you consistently indicates something; exactly what that is one can only surmise, given that you were chastised quite nicely, if that's even possible. (:

Posted by farang888 on June 19, 2015 04:02

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