PHUKET: Lawyers aim to apply for bail today for Australian expat Mark Pendlebury, charged with murder over the death of a security guard after a fight outside a Phuket nightclub early yesterday.
Investigators are likely to pursue several videos believed to have been taken by individuals of the fatal confrontation outside the Taipan, near the Soi Bangla walking street in Patong.
Phuketwan has viewed one piece of security camera footage, captured from diagonally opposite Taipan.
The grainy coverage generally supports the 59-year-old boating businessman's account to police of what took place before the fatal stabbing of the guard, Sanya Khluewaengmon, 26.
The video shows:
.. Among others passing by, Mr Pendlebury appears on the opposite side of Rat-U-Tit 200 Pi Road, pausing and looking on as a melee develops outside Taipan.
.. Mr Pendlebury appears to lift a camera or mobile telephone and begin filming or taking photos from the far side of the road.
.. The Australian waits for several tuk-tuks to pass then crosses the road to go closer to the swirling mass of people that appears to be growing outside Taipan.
.. A figure emerges from the melee and seems to confront Mr Pendlebury, who is several steps away from the action.
.. Still on the road surface, Mr Pendlebury backs away and retreats along the line of waiting tuk-tuks, followed by about six figures.
.. At least one vehicle is double-parked in the road the whole time, with emergency lights flashing.
There are probably a dozen witnesses who would be able to give supporting accounts of what transpired and Phuketwan believes some of them have video or photographs of what took place.
Mr Pendlebury told a Phuketwan reporter yesterday from the cells at Patong's Kathu Police Station that he feared he was going to die and believes he is only alive today because of the intervention of two Indian tourists.
It's hoped that the Indian tourists and other witnesses will now come forward to give their accounts of what took place outside the nightclub about 12.30am.
Allegations that Mr Pendlebury was drunk at the time of the incident have been rejected by people who were with him earlier in the night at a Patong Rotary meeting.
Mr Pendlebury, noted for his generous work with charities, had invited a legless Danish surfer, Frederik Aakerlund, 48, to the Rotary meeting and accompanied ''Fred'' back to his accommodation after the meeting ended.
It's likely that Mr Pendlebury was heading for his parked car when he spotted the action outside the Taipan and tried to film or photograph it.
With a Thai wife and a popular tourism business on the holiday island extending back more than a decade, lawyers are likely to tell the Phuket Provincial Court today that Mr Pendlebury is not a flight risk and not a violent person by nature.
Officials from the Australian embassy in Bangkok are likely to attend a bail hearing as observers.
Meanwhile, Mr Pendlebury's friends on the holiday island will be hoping that investigators continue to actively pursue independent witnesses and potential video evidence.
VIDEO of Fatal Stabbing Outside Taipan in Patong