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Patong tuk-tuk drivers attack, kill motorbike taxi tout

Patong tuk-tuk drivers attack, kill motorbike taxi tout

PHUKET: A motorbike taxi tout was shot dead in an attack by a gang of tuk-tuk drivers in a shopping complex forecourt on the Patong beach road early yesterday morning (June 23).

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By Eakkapop Thongtub

Monday 24 June 2019, 11:14AM


One of the tuk-tuk drivers, Chatchai “Loh” Dumchua, has already surrended to police and handed in the gun used in the shooting.

Police were called to the scene, in front of a Family Mart located on the street exiting from the Patong Tower Condominium onto the beach road, at 4am.

On the ground already dead was Panya “Jack” Kingjumpa, 45, reported Lt Col Sittipol Chai Chumchor of Patong Police.

Mr Panya’s wife, Rattana Boonchu, told police she witnessed the shooting.

Her husband had dropped her off near the scene so she could help solicit passengers for motorbike taxis, a job that both her and her husband did, she explained.

Two tuk tuk drivers standing around there told her not to steal her customers’ property, she said.

Ms Rattana angrily shouted back at the men, something she said she had never done before.

Hearing his wife’s angry shouts, Mr Panya turned around and asked her what had happened, leading to a fight between him and the two tuk-tuk drivers, she said.

One of the tuk-tuk drivers punched Panya in the face, then Panya ran back to his bike to grab a wooden baton to hit the drivers.

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Then four to six tuk-tuk drivers arrived, and started beating Panya with wooden and steel rods, Ms Rattana said.

One of the men shot Panya once in the stomach. He collapsed and died at the scene, she said.

The tuk-tuk drivers fled in their tuk-tuks, she added.

Tuk-tuk driver Chatchai surreneded himself at Patong Police Station late last night.

Police confirmed that Chatchai  will be charged with murder.

Police have yet to mention whether they are looking for the other tuk-tuk drivers that took part in the mass beating.

The deadly attack came just 19 days after Patong Police Chief Col Anotai Jindamanee held a meeting to teach Patong taxi and tuk-tuk drivers to stop beating and cheating tourists in a project named ‘Being Good Host’. (See story here.)

That meeting was called after six people comprising tuk-tuk drivers and at least one motorbike taxi driver were filmed viciously beating two tourists from the UAE in front of Malin Plaza in Patong. (See story here.)

 

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Fascinated | 26 June 2019 - 23:19:08

Mob rule again- why are these guys so scared of ffighting one on one and why do others feel big about joining in on a defenceless person when they are usually on the ground. Cowards the lot of them

CaptainJack69 | 25 June 2019 - 00:00:55

What on earth is going on?! The guy's just sitting there smiling at the camera? Perfectly happy after confessing to murder and a list of firearms offences? He should be expecting 15 years behind bars. Instead he looks like he's about to go on holiday. And why's his face obscured? He's confessed. These people need clearing out but clearly they're not going anywhere.

Discover Thainess | 24 June 2019 - 21:58:33

Ah yes - only recently the head of the taxi clubs was complaining about new taxes driving away tourists. This behaviour, sir, is what is driving away tourists. 

BenPendejo | 24 June 2019 - 13:01:15

Rats in the streets.  Look at their pictures, all smiles, like they enjoyed their brief stopover at the police station before going on their merry way.  If this story doesn't shout out to the authorities (cough cough) that drastic measures are needed to purge these criminal thugs off the streets of Phuket, then there is no hope for this place.  I think there is no hope, rotten to the core.

Kurt | 24 June 2019 - 11:42:41

When, when are Phuket Officials going to show and prove they have the balls to handle this tuk tuk mafia ( with their unsafe dinky toy cars)? It is a shame that these guys can have weapons with them during their 'service hours' and control Patong. The Patong police is just a farce. A tuk tuk driver is a king in Patong. All officials wai for them and forget about law & order.

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