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The Australian after his arrest over the shooting of two German men

German Tourists Shot in Patong: Phuket Police Arrest 'Wrong Guy' Aussie

Tuesday, January 22, 2013
UPDATE

PHUKET: Police arrested a thickset tattooed Australian man about 10pm in Patong after two German tourists were shot. The Australian man was aiming at a Dane who had failed to pay rent for his motorcycle, initial reports said.

Original Report

PHUKET: Two German men were shot tonight on Patong's Soi Sansabai and Phuket police are hunting two ''muscular'' foreigners.

The shootings took place about 7.45pm near the Baan Pirin Hotel, where the two German men were staying.

Johann Baschenegger, 41, was seriouslly wounded and is being treated in Patong Hospital tonight. The other man, Joseph Woerner, 71, was in a satisfactory condition.

Mr Baschenegger took at least one shot on the right side of his body while Mr Woerner was wounded on his left side.

Patong police were told by witnesses that the two ''muscular'' men involved in the shooting ran off down Soi Sansabai.

The two wounded Germans ran to a hotel seeking help. Mr Woerner had just arrived on Phuket while Mr Baschenegger had been holidaying for about a month, police said.

Both the gunmen were wearing shorts with one man in a black singlet.

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Life in Patong is turning into the "wild west."...it's just unbelievable...now people shooting others right out in the open in the streets....Just Beautiful!...

Posted by sky on January 23, 2013 03:53

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Oh dear. This is a turn for the worse. Whilst Thai v Thai shootouts are not uncommon in Phuket, armed foreigners shooting other foreigners over a small time business dispute is rare. Let's hope this isn't a sign of things to come.

Posted by Mr Man on January 23, 2013 06:35

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Quality tourists !

Posted by serge on January 23, 2013 07:06

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1: Jail Time.
2: Deport.
3: Never come back.

Phuket does not need this - get rid of the trash....

Posted by Save Phuket on January 23, 2013 11:30

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Nothing to do with bike rent.
The two told police that the Dane had borrowed B380,000 from them. He had not paid any back and, with interest, he now owed them B1 million.

Posted by FS on January 23, 2013 12:37

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At least we know he's a poor shot. What the hell are these morons doing shooting away in bars and soi's? I hope the Thai judicial system shows no mercy but I'm really not all that confident.

Posted by Judo Chop on January 23, 2013 12:45

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And it's such a comforting thought that Patong is a 'Safety Zone'

Posted by Graham on January 23, 2013 16:49

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Anyone knows if the Dane was aressted too?

Posted by fs on January 24, 2013 04:36

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We were threatened with violence by time share thugs in Patong Beach late last year. This incident doesn't surprise me.

Posted by Joe Average on January 24, 2013 05:02

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fs

Arrest the dane for what? being the target of a biker guy?

Posted by christian on January 24, 2013 07:00

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it isnt a good thing but john the aledged shooter owns a number of busineses in phuket and employs a number of thais to work in them he also generates hundreds of thousands of dollars for the thai tourisum by people going to thailand to see him and holiday im not saying what he done was right but we all no that what we read isnt always true he does a lot for the country

Posted by Lousie on January 24, 2013 07:14

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@save phuket has it right. Jail, deport and ban for life.

Posted by Arthur on January 24, 2013 07:16

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I'm Australian too but it seems when my countrymen go to live in SE Asia, they think they can do whatever they want due to lack of law enforcement. Fortunately they will need to learn the hard way

Posted by Damien on January 24, 2013 09:42

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@Lousie.

"employs a number of thais to work in them he also generates hundreds of thousands of dollars for the thai tourisum "

What a nice guy to do all that for the love of Thailand and lets forget that allegedly he shot the unlucky tourists on holiday who just were in the way.

Get a grip Lousie and take of the rose colored glasses.

Posted by Save Phuket on January 24, 2013 09:52

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Tell all your underworld friends,that don't already know,that Phuket is open for business.
OZ Biker Gangs,Russian Thugs, English Scamsters,Property Swindlers,Legal Shysters,ATM theives and TukTuk Mafia.
Payoffs easy.Corrumption rampant.
Money buys you anything.
All crims welcome here.Come join the party.

Posted by Hugh Jarse on January 24, 2013 11:04

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@ lousie

generating hundret thousand of dollars for the tourism industrie ? guess in first place for himself !
and even if so...does it means he got a Bonus in court ? deserve less time.
"does a lot for the country" ...what ? The country did a lot for him - feeds him, let him made money here. The only thing he did for the country is worsen the countries reputation - lock him up and throw the key away. Nobody needs that kind here.

Posted by Oliver on January 24, 2013 12:07

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@Louise

And could you kindly inform us how he obtained the funds to open these businesses? What was his prior occupation back in Australia?

Posted by Mike on January 24, 2013 12:51

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Johnny (alleged shooter) is actually one of the nicest guys i met in Patong.

Met him thought a few friends. He was always polite, a good host and went out of his way to be accomodating.

There is no excuse for opening fire anywhere, letalne in a busy street like that.
Surely someone can't expect to get away with it when it's so public, even with the backing of the corrupt cops.

definitely not the actions of the bloke i met. I guess things change when money is owed and you're disrespected.

Posted by VerySuprised on January 25, 2013 11:28

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I know Johnny he has help us with accommodation and our tattoos and transfers from the airport he is the nicest guy he had told us last year about a guy owing him for a motor bike and that he had the guy's passport

Posted by Anonymous on January 26, 2013 17:01

Editor Comment:

Motorbike hirers are not permitted to hold passports as collateral.

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@ lousie

the only tourists he brings to Thailand, are other Rebels MC members. I don't think that Thailand needs them...! One more thing, just follow the money trail...!

Posted by HD man on January 26, 2013 19:16

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Welcome to phuket,

Posted by Num on January 28, 2013 23:07

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Any one know if he got sent home or is he still in phuket.

Posted by Dr ward on July 5, 2013 06:57


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