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Phuket Murder: Swede Stabbed to Death in Patong

Phuket Murder: Swede Stabbed to Death in Patong

Thursday, January 20, 2011
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A SWEDISH man has been savagely knifed to death in the western beach resort town of Patong, Phuket police said tonight. Police are hunting his killer or killers.

The man's naked body was found in the 10 million baht apartment that the 53-year-old man owned on the 10th floor of the Patong Tower about 6.20pm.

Officers said the staff at the condominium block found the man lying on his side on a bed, with two deep stab wounds to the left side of his back. Cuts also appeared to have been made to his back with broken glass.

A bottle of vodka was in the room. Police said there were many footprints in the room and in the corridoor outside.

Some of the footprints were in blood, police said. The air conditioning was on and the television was playing loudly, officers said.

Pot plants on the balcony of the apartment had been tipped over.

Officers found money in the pocket of the man's shorts, on the floor. Police believe that more than one person may have been involved in a party that went wrong.

Swedish envoys have been informed of the man's death. The man's body was taken to Patong Hospital.
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Certainly no doubt about this case, suicide for sure.

Posted by innocent bystander on January 20, 2011 22:32

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Innocent Bystander, I'm sure you're right, but I'm a little surprised he didn't stab himself to death first and then jump off the tower. You know, the usual stupid farang way of doing it.

Posted by Day on January 21, 2011 09:13

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I commend the inclusion of the map with such pieces. In this case, however, my friend Karllson certainly has "a beef" that McDonalds is specified and he isn't.

Posted by ssresident on January 21, 2011 10:49

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Did two Swedes die in Patong recently? Because according to the other well known Phuket news web site (can we say "Gazette"?), the story is:

"There was nothing found at the scene to suggest Mr Larsson's death was a homicide, say police."

RIP poor Swedish man, or men.

Posted by Mike Boyd on January 21, 2011 20:58

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Maybe whoever did it were after his pot plants..?

Posted by Matt on January 22, 2011 09:29

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Sub Lt Pattapee Srichay of Patong police station is quoted as saying:

"The media have been very wrong in their reporting of this. There were no fights in the room, nor do we believe there were even any people [other than the deceased] in the room, at the time of Mr Larsson's death."

I think you need to explain this, Ed. Who were your sources and will you be trusting them again?

Posted by Mike Boyd on January 23, 2011 00:07

Editor Comment:

Your acceptance of whatever Thai police say when quoted by a media source is touching, Mike. How old did you say you are?

When you've paid your 20-year subscription in advance, we'll consider your question sympathetically.

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So you imply I'm either immature or senile for accepting what the Gazette reported that the police said?

There comes a time when the credibility of a person or website is on the line. I hope that defining moment hasn't arrived for the Wan.

You are usually first with the news, but there is often a bit of doubt about the accuracy of your reports. The Gazette is nearly always slower to report, but also more careful in their reporting - we know they don't like to upset the powers that be.

Of course, if the Gazette was late on the scene of this poor Swede's death, the police may have had time to clean up the bloody footprints and tidy up the room to make the death look "natural".

Or are you implying that the Gazette didn't even attend, and merely wrote down what was dictated to them by the police?

But there is really no need for the snide remarks. A simple "Sorry, we got it wrong" would be accepted by most readers of your site who would continue to read it.

Posted by Mike Boyd on January 24, 2011 13:11

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What pompous twaddle.

It's a pity you were not so concerned last year when a local newspaper reported on its front page that seven people had died from dengue fever in seven days on Phuket, yet left it to Phuketwan to provide the immediate correction online that was ethically obligatory.

All news organisations make errors, even those that take extra time to make them. We'll report on this tragedy more fully at the appropriate time, when we can be sure of the facts.

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Can you please explain why your original story says " Officers said the staff at the condominium block found the man lying on his side on a bed, with two deep stab wounds to the left side of his back. Cuts also appeared to have been made to his back with broken glass.

A bottle of vodka was in the room. Police said there were many footprints in the room and in the corridoor outside"

And now you run an update and an appology that says you were wrong, and conclusions were made after looking at photos? So these police statements?

Posted by Concerned Citizen on January 27, 2011 17:30

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Sorry, I'm not going to respond to armchair forensics experts on this one. That would be inappropriate. We've explained what is believed to have transpired. Photographs show the man had two deep wounds to his back, no doubts about that. Initially, the case had all the appearances of a murder. Authorities are now persuaded it was a bizarre case of misadventure.


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