PHUKET: An expat Australian resident is in jail on the holiday island of Phuket after a security guard was killed in a knife fight outside a nightclub in Patong early today.
Initial reports say the expat was told by the guard to stop taking photographs at Taipan disco, close to the well-known Bangla Road walking street.
In the altercation that followed, according to a policeman, the expat pulled a short knife and stabbed the security guard.
The incident happened about 12.30am.
Both men were taken to Patong Hospital where the security guard died about 2am. The knife was about three inches long, according to one policeman.
Phuketwan has learned that the Australian has been living on Phuket for about 10 years and has a Thai wife.
Senior police from Patong could not be contacted today.
Phuket's Region 8 police volunteers, who usually patrol the streets at night, stopped work last Thursday in a dispute with police at Kathu Police Station, which oversees Patong.
The two teams were due to meet at 10am today to resolve their differences.
Phuketwan alerted Australian officials to the incident today. The protocol was once for police on Phuket to alert embassies as a matter of course to incidents of this kind.
However, the lack of meetings between Phuket's administrators and police and the honorary consuls on the island has led to normal protocols falling into disuse.