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About 100 police hold back angry crowds at today's murder reenactment

Phuket Police Hold Back Angry Phuket Protesters at Murder Reenactment

Tuesday, June 26, 2012
PHUKET: Emotions ran high as police staged a reenactment today of Michelle Smith's murder on Phuket with an Australian tourist yelling insults at her confessed killers.

Local people also screamed out, saying ''We don't want you people on Phuket'' to the two men who police say killed the 60-year-old travel agent in a failed bag-snatch attempt on Wednesday night.

The reenactment was held outside the Katathani Beach Resort, where the men grappled with Mrs Smith and her friend Tammee Lee, 42, then rode off empty handed.

Today 100 police were needed to keep the crowd of 200 at bay as Surasak ''Boy'' Suwannachot, 26, and and his getaway motorcycle rider, Surin Taptong, 37, acted out the killing that was also captured by dramatic security camera video.

A spokesperson for the Katathani said that one ''very emotional Australian'' was among the crowd of tourists and locals who berated the confessed killers and at times had to be restrained.

Tony Clarke, 52, from Perth, told Phuketwan later: ''This was a shocking murder. I was a friend of Michelle's and I would like to beat this guy to a pulp.''

People waved banners and called on the Phuket authorities to keep trouble-causing outsiders off the holiday island.


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Why has this murder been made so high profile when other murders like the the guy killed by tuktuk drivers get little to no action?
is it just because this was made more public when all the other killings are hushed up?

Posted by Tbs on June 26, 2012 11:20

Editor Comment:

What guy killed by the tuk-tuk drivers? What other hushed up killings? Whatever you're on, tbs, get off it quick.


are these re-enactmants a legal necessity in thailand?? they seem to have them for every crime and as far as i can see they are a complete waste of police time once the suspect is in custody and has confessed.

Posted by another steve on June 26, 2012 12:02

Editor Comment:

As in most countries the accused can plead guilty then change their minds.


Why do they do these reenactments?
Seem to create only more heartache for friends etc [as in this case]. Can't see why it is neccessary at all...Its all on CCTV already..

Posted by davidj949 on June 26, 2012 12:36

Editor Comment:

The security camera footage does not identify the people involved.


Good to see that people feel appalled by this murder, that does not mean that I condone self justice of course .

Posted by Bjarne on June 26, 2012 13:09


The effort to track down Michelle's killers should be applied equally to all other killings in Phuket, whether the victims be expat, Thai or poor Burmese.

I applaud the police efforts to solve this case, but this is tempered by the knowledge that had the victim been a poor Thai or Burmese worker, no major effort would have been made to track down the killers.

Posted by Simon Luttrell on June 26, 2012 14:58

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