PHUKET: Injuries to the face, head and torso of Australian Mark Pendlebury are consistent with his claim that he was ''being stomped'' by security guards and tuk-tuk drivers before a fatal stabbing in Patong early on Wednesday.
Charged with murder, Mr Pendlebury, 59, an expat resident and boat tour operator on the Thai holiday of Phuket, was freed on 500,000 baht bail yesterday by Phuket Provincial Court as police in Patong continue their investigation into the fatal knifing of security guard Sanya Khluewaengmon, 26.
Video from one security camera close to Patong's Bangla Road walking street and focused towards the Taipan nightclub shows Mr Pendlebury attempting to film the eviction of customers from the premises in Rat-U-Tit 200 Pi Road around 12.30am.
Friends of Mr Pendlebury say he had earlier been to a meeting of Patong Rotary with a legless Danish surfer who had been severely bashed by thugs in Patong in January.
Having just escorted wheelchair-bound Frederick Aakerlund, 48, home safely, Mr Pendlebury was anxious to film the disturbance in the street to make sure no other expat was being treated with brutality.
Several savage gang bashings of tourists and expats have taken place in that part of Patong, most often without coverage from security cameras.
The video recorded on Wednesday morning clearly shows a figure confronting Mr Pendlebury, who quickly retreats along a row of parked tuk-tuks. Within moments he is shown being pursued by five or six men.
Seconds later, Mr Pendlebury has told police, he was knocked to the ground, being kicked in the head and fighting for his life, then desperately lashing out with a pocket knife.
Two men he says were Indians - or possibly tourists from the Middle east - intervened and saved his life, he said.
Mr Pendlebury and Khun Sanya were both taken to Patong Hospital where Khun Sanya died about 90 minutes later.
The officer leading the murder case investigation, Lieutenant Colonel Jetsada Sangsuree, of Kathu Police Station, told Phuketwan today that he would soon be interviewing Khun Sanya's workmate security guards from Taipan.
Two customers were being evicted by the guards as Mr Pendlebury, heading home after dropping off Mr Aakerlund, paused on the other side of the road then decided he should film the disturbance to protect the safety of others.
Lieutenant Colonel Jetsada said he had no plans to interview any of the tuk-tuk drivers whose vehicles were parked near Taipan at this stage.
It would be up to Mr Pendlebury to make a complaint first at Kathu Police Station, the lieutenant colonel said.
Mr Aakerlund was too badly injured during the ''Clockwork Orange'' attack he endured in January to go to police but the likelihood is that the gang who attacked him at 7am in beach road were Patong nightlife workers heading home.
VIDEO of Fatal Stabbing Outside Taipan in Patong