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Patong Tuk-Tuk Driver Surrenders, Says He Hit Phuket Tourist With Umbrella

Friday, December 18, 2015
PHUKET: A tuk-tuk driver accused of assaulting a tourist on Phuket has surrendered to police and been charged over the incident.

The driver, Sutam Samsri, 25, surrendered to Patong police at Kathu station on Wednesday.

He told police that he had become annoyed when the tourist could not remember exactly where his resort was and he had to keep driving.

Khun Sutam denied using an iron bar to hit Briton Joseph William Damarell but admitted to wielding an umbrella.

He has been arraigned in court over the charge of assault.

Having made a statement to police after being treated at Patong Hospital, Mr Damarell is believed to have left Phuket.

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There seems to be a lot of blood on Mr Damarell's arm from being hit with an "umbrella" !

Posted by jimbo34 on December 18, 2015 17:34

Editor Comment:

I wouldn't want to guess but a steer bar would be defined as carrying a weapon, whereas an umbrella? Far less offensive.

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Avoid asian elevators, escalators and umbrellas!

Posted by Umbrelo on December 18, 2015 17:53

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If that was annoyed I hate to really upset him, apparently annoyed tuk tuk operators can take to their passengers with a blunt instrument all part of the service he's still figuring out why he gets no return custom.

Posted by slickmelb on December 18, 2015 18:55

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The absolute cheek ! Unbelievable ... almost.

Well, I have a little more faith in the judicial system than certain police forces. Let's hope the judge sees this for what it is.

Posted by James on December 18, 2015 21:26

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Didn't we have a story recently that no action was taken as the lady had left Phuket after a motorbike accident. Is a statement enough?

Posted by What's next. on December 18, 2015 21:32

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What we had was a group of Aussies who left Phuket after being beaten up, but before giving a statement. It's plain that the law can still be enforced, provided a statement is made before departure. At least progress has been made in that regard.

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Not the Aussies I think it was a Ukrainean lady who hit a foreigner and a Thai and they were hurt and the Policemen said what can he do if he has no witnesses? What's up doc?

Posted by What's up doc on December 19, 2015 04:43


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