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Phuket life and death closely aligned on a sign at Patong Hospital

Phuket Expat Deaths in 2012: The Phuket Police List of Names

Saturday, June 30, 2012
PHUKET: What follows are the names of Phuket expats and tourists recorded by Phuket police as having died on Phuket since January 1. Australian murder victim Michelle Smith is probably the best-known person on the list, but not the most recent.

There are probably other deaths on the list tinged with tragedy and great sadness.

The list, we know, is by no means complete. Drownings do not appear. Other deaths that police do not attend are also not recorded.

Two Phuketwan reporters who were at the Phuket beachside destination of Kata Noi on the night that Mrs Smith was murdered took a detour to Chalong on the way back to Phuket City in the early hours.

In a room off Chalong pier road, a man had committed suicide, we were told. He was British, and sure enough, the reporters spotted a note in an envelope beside his body on the bed.

The vehicle carrying Mrs Smith's body dropped by in the same way that the reporters did, to carry both of the night's tragic victims back to the morgue at Vachira Phuket Hospital in Phuket City together.

While Michelle Smith's death has been noted and reported at length, the passing of the British man appears to have not been recorded.

Expat Deaths on Phuket From January 1, 2012

Knpeeba Kireeva Russia January 1 Phuket City Motorcycle crash
Mahmood Sultan Safi Sweden January 5 Kamala Motorcycle crash
Erna Dahlan Indonesia January 8 Patong Motorcycle crash
Kyle Mark Horo New Zealand January 8 Patong Overdose
Dr Dreve Fitzherbert Germany January 15 Patong Merlin Illness
Daniel Andre Bertholet Switzerland January 15 Thalang Car crash
Nielsen Eva Denmark January 17 Patong Heart Attack
Paul Brian James British January 20 Patong Illness
Jari Matti Ihattumen Finland January 29 Patong Motorcycle crash
Sven Gunnar Sweden January 9 Patong Heart Attack
Christos Liouliacs Sweden February 10 Patong Illness
Ulrich Hans German February 11 Kamala Illness
Mark James Robson South Africa January 25 near Freedom Beach Suicide
Christor Osca Linryuist Sweden February 19 Karon Cause Unknown
Leanoard Vinsent Young Britain February 19 Rawai Illness
Manfred Borwsky German February 16 Chalong illness
Einar Jan Frederik Bergstrom Sweden February 26 Chalong motorcycle crash
Jukka Tapio Olkinuora Finland February 26 Patong heart attack
Robert Francis Mullally Australia March 6 Patong fall from height
Fedor Samsonnov Russia March 7 Chalong electric shock
Lars Jimmy Karlsson Sweden March 14 Karon no cause determined
Gary Meadown Australia March 16 Phuket City no cause determined
James McIntosh Crawford Britain March 20 Patong heart attack
Von Amelyn Klaus German March 21 Rawai Cancer
Jose Luis Landin Ugarte Spain March 21 Rawai Cancer
Boris Falkovskiy Russia April 3 Patong Suicide
James Desmond Hodkinson Britain April 4 Chalong Natural causes aged 92
Jens Houe Denmark April 16 Patong Blood loss
Rudolf Otto Paul German April 24 Rawai Illness
Franz Simmit German May 4 Patong Illness
Marcus Ralf Burghardt German May 18 Patong Suicide
Paul James McNeil Australia June 7 Thalang no cause determined
Sergey Mukurdumov Uzbeckistan June 15 Thungtong Motorcycle crash
Michelle Elizabeth Smith Australia June 20 Kata Noi Stabbed
Trek Atlas Ingram America June 21 Patong Illness
Mohammed Abdulliah Oman June 26 Patong Illness


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Would have been good to post the ages, if available...Would be a interesting statistic...

Posted by Ted Davis on July 1, 2012 07:39


Why would police not have recorded the death of Lana O'Connell, who was tragically killed in a motorbike accident in February of 2012.

Posted by The Quan on July 1, 2012 08:49

Editor Comment:

This is a question that should be pursued by the Australian honorary consul. Chalong, it must be said, is the least responsible police station for any kind of information relating to expat deaths or crimes. Incidents we report as happening in Chalong disappear from the records.


One of the world's most dangerous places. In the news today "Aftonbladet". Sweden's largest tabloid newspaper.

Posted by Andy on July 1, 2012 10:43


"Would have been good to post the ages"
In special, how old people are, on Phuket, dying from illness.

"Incidents we report as happening in Chalong disappear from the records."
Interessting, why the medias, that report about the incidents, don't ask Chalong Police, why things like this happen/ed. Must be, for sure, a computer virus, or something, so they will be happy, to solve this issue for the future!
By the way than, this media can asked, what happened to the court cases, resulting out of some crimes/accidents, that never got reported in the media, too. For example, the killing of the Farang, at the 7/11 near Chalong circle, by the eagle-picture guy from the viewpoint, some years ago. During crossing the circle against the direction, the Farang almost hit the motorcycle with the murderer and his 2 relatives, honked at him, maybe shown him the finger (makes everything after the farangs fault, I guess ), did drive till the 7/11, stopped and got stabbed to death by the guy. Never could read anything about the punishment. Maybe PW can help lighting this up? Thank you!

Posted by ??? on July 1, 2012 10:59

Editor Comment:

We fully covered the case you mention, reporting that the man was tried and sentenced. Look it up for yourself on Phuketwan. We grow tired of being expected to hold your hand, only to find you've bitten it. Grow a brain.


13 years, thanks for the hint, found it now. ;-]
But what is with asking by 'yourself', if your online reports and the official statistic doesn't match?

Posted by ??? on July 1, 2012 11:22

Editor Comment:

We are making a point about the statistics, but perhaps too subtly for you.

It's good that the statistics are being supplied and published. But greater accuracy would help, especially for readers who are notorious at jumping to wrong conclusions.


"Chalong, it must be said, is the least responsible police station for any kind of information relating to expat deaths or crimes. Incidents we report as happening in Chalong disappear from the records." It would appear they aren't the only station with this problem. You will recall the group beating of two tourists by 20 tuk tuk drivers on Bangla Rd. which I and another reader witnessed and reported to you. Patong police had "no record of it" despite the two bloodied tourists getting carted away in the back of a police truck and all those security cameras.

Posted by Joe on July 1, 2012 22:18


yes....this is the natural....course of matter how or when..we are heading there....RIP to all those of the mentioned list.

Posted by Olly on July 4, 2012 10:40


The editors comments are the rudest I have ever seen . . .(moderated, total scaremongering rubbish, first post.)

Posted by Observer on July 4, 2012 11:16

Editor Comment:

PHUKETWAN hereby alters its policy on the posting of Comments and bans whingers, whiners, do-nothings, dingbats, doomsayers, carpers, harpers and kooks. This list may grow with time. Constructive ideas and new pieces of information remain welcome.

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