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A woman and her children, among those terrified in the rampage

Phuket Rampage: Knife 'Held at Tourists' Throats'

Monday, July 20, 2009
THREE young men faced charges of attempted murder today after security cameras captured their entire mad rampage through an upscale Phuket City apartment block.

Enraged after a pre-dawn argument in the street with an expat, the men were seen in a lift putting a knife to the throats of a Western tourist couple.

The tourists were departing for an early-morning flight home from Phuket airport after a holiday.

The men then proceeded down a fourth-floor corridor in the apartment block, hammering and kicking on eight doors, with one man shouting: ''I am going to kill you!''

Cowering in their rooms, terrified, were the residents, including five expat women tourists, and at least one Thai family with two children.

Most unfortunately for the young men, one of the terrified residents happened to be a female justice of the Phuket Provincial Court.

As the men pleaded to be allowed to go free today, it also emerged that they were on the wrong floor.

The man they were seeking does have an apartment in the upscale Phuket Center Apartment, a colorful city landmark just off Rassada Road.

But he lives on the third floor, not the fourth.

Today an Englishman named John, whom the men mistook for the man they wanted, went to Phuket Police Headquarters to help lay formal charges of attempted murder against the three men.

The men, together with their families, pleaded for forgiveness for their early morning rampage of terror.

But police refused bail and the men are being held in custody, pending their trials.

Police named the men today as Monton Kailurk, 25, who was accused of wielding the knife, Jetsadaporn Kompanya, 22, and Pichet Kemtong, 22.

Khun Monton was a resident of the apartment block.

Police reports of the case say two of the young men argued in Rassada Road about 4am with an expat, who may have thrown a punch at one of them.

The expat then ran to his room in the Phuket Center Apartment.

The two men had been drinking at the apartment block with Khun Monton, who had an apartment there.

They called him and he went downstairs to give them access to the block. When he went downstairs, he was carrying a knife.

The confrontation with the departing tourists having a knife held to their throats followed, along with the rampage down the corridor.

Honorary British Consul Martin Carpenter accompanied John to Police Headquarters today.

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Quotes from above..."Most unfortunately for the young men, one of the terrified residents happened to be a female justice of the Phuket Provincial Court."
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"The men, together with their families, pleaded for forgiveness for their early morning rampage of terror."


I bet that justice lady made a call or two and told the coppers to grab those guys and put them in jail.

Posted by JJS on July 20, 2009 16:59

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I HOPE the police do not let these dangerous men free !!

Posted by elizabeth on July 20, 2009 19:38

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The Englishman is very aggressive. They have real cause. Every foreigner should respect to land which they stay. Peace.

Posted by James on July 21, 2009 11:41

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The behaviour of these thugs is inexcusable.

Posted by Harry Barracuda on July 22, 2009 14:01

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What ugly young garbage they are! Of course they shouldn't get bail it's attempted murder, and they're destroying our livelihood and image because this will be talked about and published. Pleading fo mercy when scaring the hell out of people with knives..Good Lord

Posted by Ian on July 28, 2009 16:54

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More good news for the International Press Agencies ... 'Welcome to the Land of er... Attempted Murder'.

This will do wonders for the tourist industry. What a list: Airport Scams, Tuk Tuk Scams, Murders, Shootings on the Streets, Corruptions, Political Turmoil .... this list goes. What a wonderful country to have your holiday in.

Posted by noddy on July 31, 2009 11:36

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Terrible behaviour by these 3 young men.They scared these residents badly and now think a few sorrys are enough to get away with it. Sadly they are possibly likely to get away with it despite strong evidence against them. Lets see if any of them actually are charged when it goes to trial in a years time!! I think they will play the waiting game and get away with it which is a total joke and an affront to decent minded thais and foreigners alike

Posted by scott on July 31, 2009 13:42

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These people are a disgrace to the thai nation. No wonder they don't want foreigners to drink, look at the problems it causes thai nationals.

Maybe foreigners are the same?
Bring back the public lashings of 100 strokes please .

Posted by A Non thai on July 31, 2009 16:24

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"The Englishman is very aggressive. They have real cause. Every foreigner should respect to land which they stay. Peace."

James, I doubt you will comprehend this but no one has "real cause" to hold a knife to innocent peoples throats and threaten others. Nor is it civilized if one person has a punch thrown at them to grab two friends and a knife and attack him. Respect is something that is earned, not given freely.

This crazy behavior and your bizarre but too common justification of it are exactly why many do not respect your country. Once people here learn to behave in a civilized manner I believe it will be respected but until it is earned asking for respect will not get you respect.

You close with peace but your message that attempting to kill someone and threatening innocents is OK, is a message of violence.

Posted by stat on August 1, 2009 18:52


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