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Boating businessman Mark Pendlebury has been charged with murder

Aussie Expat Accused of Murder Wins Bail

Thursday, March 12, 2015
VIDEO of Fatal Stabbing Outside Taipan in Patong

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AUSTRALIAN Mark Pendlebury was granted bail of 500,000 baht today in Phuket Provincial Court. He is charged with murder after a melee outside Taipan nightclub in Patong early on Wednesday left a security guard dead from knife wounds.

Original Report

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


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I must commend PW for their reporting on this story. IT is very clear that Mr. Pendlebury was defending himself from what seems like more mob mentality - 6 guys chasing him !!! I hope the police engage in a proper investigation and witnesses come forward to support the events of this tragic night.

However lets not forget a young man went to work that night and never returned home.

Posted by Ciaran on March 12, 2015 10:18


The fact is someone died he did not that is speculation, he might have taken a beating the fact is if he had not been carrying the knife that young man would still be alive. Knives should not be carried in public, boat working people included.

Posted by Paradise on March 12, 2015 11:45


But why was mr pendlebury carrying a knife with him,he just finished a rotary meeting with a knife in his possesion,i dont know to many people that go out at night with a knife in there pocket,if he didnt have the knife he wouldnt have stabbed the gaurd,why the need to video a fight,what was he going to do with the footage,look at the big picture,if he never stuck his nose into other peoples business he would be a free man today.

Posted by michael on March 12, 2015 11:58

Editor Comment:

The big picture is that taking photos in a public road is not sticking your nose into other people's business.


@ Ciaran, With all respect, that security guard was acting/threatening/ordering a person outside his 'jurisdiction'. He was out of line! He did scare a Iseems these days normal in Patong that private security guards play police officer ( coz no police officers around at night). They even aggressively try to reserve public car parking space for their tuktuk friends, by chasing you away. One got his Waterloo with my dog, when he tried to grap my car ignation key. ( some time ago) This guys in khaki are complete out of line of there duties. It was just waiting for a happening like this. And if Police brass not steps in seriously, it will happen again.

Posted by Kurt on March 12, 2015 12:23


Did patong police do a alcohol test on Captain Pendlebury?
Did autopsie body security guard prove anything about yes/no alcohol/drugs in the body?
I think the patong police was a bit to fast with a murder charge.
Normally thai police take longer time before they 'seek' arrest warrants ( bus drivers, cement truck drivers, water tanker drivers, who drive wild and kill other road users here on Phuket).

Posted by Kurt on March 12, 2015 12:32


it doesn't matter whether Mr.Pedlebury cobsideratio some alcohol earlier that evening or not as I he didn't act in unlawful way

48 hours and police should release him or ask court to keep him behind a bar

The only reason to keep him there if outside a crowd of relatives and friends of deceased is gathering looking for extrajudicial retribution.

Posted by Sue on March 12, 2015 12:45


Let it be well known and cristal clear that many private night security guards have in day time a normal job, and their night work is a 2nd job. Many of them keep themselves 'standing' with use of 'vitamins'. Every incident with a security guard should have a protocol follow up, by checking security guard on alcohol/drugs. If the Patong police did not order a alcohol/drugs test on the body of this security guard, than the police has/created a problem! Than we can not talk about a 'proper investigation'.

Posted by Kurt on March 12, 2015 12:48


I would like to thank PW , for the integrity in reporting this story.
Having known Mark Pendlebury for many years, both on a professional and personal level, I am so glad to hear that the cameras were infact working and support his story of events.
Mark is a pillar of Phuket community, and does more charity work for he people of Phuket , both for the tourist and for Thais.
I have never for one moment believed anything but he was protecting his own life.
This of course does not mean that I don't feel for the family of the young man killed.

Posted by Michelle on March 12, 2015 15:18


michael@ Every have a caring a knife in the Phuket or Bangkok small or big a think you have 2,, how many of the Farang or Thai have a gun or knife in Patong ? Bangla Road ++++ And what about this Farang Companie they pay tax ?

Posted by Bjorn Ronningen on March 12, 2015 17:25


any man or woman should have the right to protect themselves... if i was chased by 5-6 guys i want a shotgun not a knife.. Mr Pendlebury have for sure seen enough to know what would happen.. u guys that questioning why he had a knife should be a victim of the same thing before u ask... if that security guy did chase him for the reason he did film an assault made by other of his crew he would still be alive.. i really have a damn problem with people never been a victim by crime and pretend to know... go back to ur darkroom.

Posted by frog on March 12, 2015 17:27


Ahh now Inspektor Sue is on the case it will come to a rapid conclusion.

Just as a matter of interest what is 'cobsideratio'?

Posted by Mister Ree on March 12, 2015 17:46


Congrats! Good job of lawyers. And, of course, it is appropriate to be this side of bars in this case.

Posted by Sue on March 12, 2015 18:03


I just read on another source (german thai magazine) a quite different version of the happenings. According to them, the Aussie stabbed the guard after and not during a fight. Then he tried to escape and was followed by the six guys who stopped him in front of the bank. They chased him because of stabbing not filming. If this is correct then things look really bad for him. I don't hope so

Posted by fred on March 12, 2015 19:38

Editor Comment:

It's not a correct version, just the usual rubbish projected by people who want a scapegoat and a simple case. Unfortunately some news outlets don't check the facts. They just publish whatever they are told, or whatever their ''correspondent'' files. Shameful.


@ Fred.. if that was correct Mr Pendlebury would be dead as well..

Posted by Frog on March 12, 2015 20:40


Ed, I must take my hat off to you in this case as you clearly believe he is innocent, however you printed my comment. From both sides this shows that carrying lethal arms, knives, guns etc is not good for anyone, a young man is dead and an old man has a murder charge. Please people will everyone be sensible and not go out armed with weapons.

Posted by Paradise on March 12, 2015 22:16

Editor Comment:

We don't support any kind of violence. The courts will determine innocence or guilt.


any video from the camera just outside Taipan's main door ?

Posted by mike on March 12, 2015 22:41



a media outlet of one canton in Switzerland also - purely in order to differentiate itself from the rest of media world - with an absolutely serious face reprints the most sickest of Putin's propaganda about Europe and the world, only translated in German, so what?

Posted by Sue on March 12, 2015 23:30

Editor Comment:

The point is, Sue, that poor reporting on Phuket inevitably becomes poor reporting in other parts of the world. Fortunately most international accounts have been based on Phuketwan's balanced journalism.

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