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Phuket Tourist's Fight With Intruder at Five-Star Resort Brings Killing Charge

Wednesday, November 17, 2010
A RUSSIAN tourist who returned to find a stranger in his room at a five-star Phuket resort fought with the intruder, who later died in hospital, an honorary consul said today.

The tourist, named by Phuket police as Akcehob Aksenov, now awaits the outcome of a charge of manslaughter over the death. The tourist and his wife were due to fly home today but are staying on to await the end of the case.

Russia's deputy honorary consul Santi Udomkiratak, who has been closely involved in the aftermath, told Phuketwan today that the incident took place about 2am on November 8 in a room at the Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket Resort, an award-winning five-star and one of the most highly-regarded resorts on Phuket.

''The man and his wife returned from a night out to find the intruder in their room,'' Khun Santi said. ''The man was a security guard. He had a knife.

''The two men wrestled, and the Russian man was slashed on the forearm. The Russian, who was a bigger man, toppled the attacker and subdued him. After the fight, the security guard was taken to Thalang Hospital, where he died.''

Khun Santi said police were awaiting a report from the hospital to determine the precise cause of death, but officers believed the incident was clearly a case of self-defence. Investigations are continuing.

Khun Santi said he could not offer any clues as to why the security guard was in the couple's room at 2am. He said the couple's room had direct access out to Bang Tao beach.

It was the couple's first Phuket holiday. They had arrived two days before the room invasion.

The Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket has consistently won top tourism and travel awards, including several this year.

Just weeks ago, the resort was sold for 2.6 billion baht to Dusit Thani Ltd, the Thai company whose name the resort has carried since it became the first brand to open at the Laguna Phuket complex in 1987.

US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, stayed at the Dusit Thani last year, during an Asean summit of foreign ministers at the nearby Sheraton Grande Laguna Phuket.

The security guard's death was recorded in an updated list of alleged crimes involving expats on Phuket, released to Phuketwan today by senior Phuket police.

Phuket Police Commander Major General Pekad Tantipong has pledged to make the safety and security of expats on Phuket a priority by making transparent all alleged crimes involving expats, both as perpetrators and victims.

The list will be delivered to honorary consuls and embassy representatives from about 22 countries when they meet with Phuket Governor Tri Augkharadacha on Monday in Phuket's fourth quarterly expat ''parliament.''

Until today, the incident has gone unreported in the Thai media.
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You do better not hassle a Russian. Still waiting for news on a Jetski guy getting his reward.

Posted by Lena on November 17, 2010 15:11

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It was only a matter of time this did happen!

Maybe someone can challenge the police to release the extremely high numbers of burglary and theft cases? When working for one famous resort at Phuket, I had accumulated 36 burglary cases in three years!!!!!

One policeman told me (six years ago) that they know the thief(s), but are reluctant to act as the police station might as well be besieged again!

Posted by Mr. K on November 17, 2010 15:57

Editor Comment:

Mr K, we don't believe what you were told six years ago holds true today. In fact, the opposite is correct: if police fail to arrest burglars, whole neighborhoods protest. This happened last year in Karon. The governor's volunteer scheme, equipping locals with torches and walkie-talkies, should continue to prevent that happening again.

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Thanks for covering this story.

Posted by john everett on November 17, 2010 18:20

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Will be interesting to see if this self defense case will clear the Russian's name. They are calm and maybe noisy when they drink but don't mess with them as they are 2X or even 3X bigger than the average Thai male.

Posted by Ex expat on November 17, 2010 20:59

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When will you publish that list of expats involved in crimes? Maybe you can tell me, if I am in also, as I had to spend three hours in Patong Jail for "being intoxicated" - after I complained someone (afterwards, someone told me that he was "Tourist Police") who told me to be an "police officer" - and who wore a "uniform" from the police of Victoria in Australia.

Posted by Karl on November 18, 2010 01:35

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Soopakij Chearavanont is Honorary Consul of the Russian Federation. Are you sure that your information is correct?

Posted by Anonymous on November 18, 2010 01:54

Editor Comment:

You're right. Phuketwan was at Soopakij Chearavanont's welcome party on Phuket as honorary consul in 2008. Although listed as honorary consul in a Provincial Hall document, Santi Udomkiratak is deputy honorary consul. We have no reason to doubt the information and have inserted the word ''deputy.''

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"Khun Santi...could not offer any clues as to why the security guard was in the couple's room at 2am." Really? How about this - the guard was burglarising the room!

Also, while it is understandable to arrest/hold someone on suspicion in a homicide, since when does an actual manslaughter charge lay even before a full investigation is completed and forwarded to the prosecutor?!

Posted by Diogenes on November 22, 2010 09:40

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Often, almost everywhere. Police lay charges, prosecutors pursue the case in court.

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Locals have never shut down streets or protested because police have failed to apprehend burglars when foreigners are robbed.

Posted by Media Watcher on November 23, 2010 09:23

Editor Comment:

Most people wouldn't expect them to, Media Watcher. That would be unrealistic.


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