Two Thais charged with as­sault­ing Chi­nese tourists in Phuket

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Two men have been charged with as­sault af­ter they al­legedly at­tacked two Chi­nese tourists fol­low­ing an ar­gu­ment on a speed­boat yes­ter­day.

The ar­rests came af­ter a video clip en­ti­tled “Yun­nan tour guide at­tacks Chi­nese tourists at Non­tasak Pier” went vi­ral.

Phuket Provin­cial Po­lice Com­man­der Ma­jGen­eral Teer­aphol Tip­jaroen has or­dered an in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Po­lice in­ter­viewed the tourists at Vachira Hos­pi­tal in Phuket to gather ev­i­dence. Lyu Jin­lin, 38, sus­tained head in­juries and his leg was hit with a wooden stick. Lin Jianei, 45, has se­ri­ous ear in­juries af­ter be­ing struck by a bot­tle. He also had scratches on his legs.

Ma­jor Eakkachai Siri of the Phuket Tourist Po­lice said: “They ar­rived at Krabi In­ter­na­tional Air­port on June 10. Yes­ter­day they took a tour to Koh Phi Phi and de­parted from a pier at Koh Sirey in the morn­ing.

“They put their bags on a seat. A Thai fam­ily who were on the same speed­boat told them twice to re­move their bags from the seat. The tourists told them not to shout be­fore they re­moved their bags from the seat. The Thais later at­tacked them, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.”

Phuket City po­lice chief Colonel Som­pong Ti­parpakun said: “At 9pm three sus­pects sur­ren­dered – 24-year-old Pa Tongdee and 27year-old Siri Sankam, both from Chi­ang Mai. The other one was 26-year-old Li­ayaoyi, a Burmese na­tional.”

Li­ayaoyi told po­lice he was ar­gu­ing with the two tourists about their putting the bags on the boat seat. When the speed­boat ar­rived at Phuket pier in the af­ter­noon, the ar­gu­ment con­tin­ued. He claimed the tourists used a wooden stick to hit him first. Af­ter that Siri and Pam, who are Li­ayaoyi’s friends, saw what was hap­pen­ing and tried to help him.

Som­pong said: “Pa and Li­ayaoyi have been charged with as­sault. The two tourists have iden­ti­fied them. Siri hasn’t been charged yet as the tourists did not re­call his face.

“Pa and Li­ayaoyi have been bailed for Bt20,000 each. The case will be trans­ferred to the Phuket Provin­cial Court to­day pend­ing a hear­ing into the in­ci­dent” – The Thaiger

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