UPDATE: Restaurant Owner in Patong Says Canadian Man who Stated He Was Attacked Refused to Pay His Bill, Was Not Robbed

Patong –

A Canadian man who was allegedly attacked by a group of five men in Patong refused to pay for his food and drinks at a restaurant before the incident, according to the restaurant owner, who tells a very different story than the tourist.

Our previous story:

Five men allegedly attacked a Canadian man before taking his watch and cash in Patong.

Now for the update:

The Patong Police told the Phuket Express this afternoon (February 13th) that a restaurant owner near Patong Beach, identified publicly only as Mrs. Tuenjai, and three of her staff members met with police to give their version of events.

Mrs. Tuenjai told police that the Canadian man refused to pay his bill, was heavily intoxicated, and shoved her staff. He also allegedly challenged staffers to fight him, which is when the attack that the Canadian man claimed was unprovoked began.

According to Tuenjai, other staffers tried to stop the fight and the staff involved were not five grown men but all teenagers. None of the staff took the Canadian man’s watch and money, Tuenjai added.

The Patong Police told the Phuket Express that the Canadian man had not filed an official, formal report yet and want to speak to him again to examine both sides of the story.

However, the Canadian man has reportedly left Phuket and gone to Phi Phi Island in Krabi. Police are now attempting to contact him while saying they will not jump to conclusions and will review CCTV and listen to all parties involved as part of their investigation.

The original version of this article appeared on our sister website, The Phuket Express, owned by our parent company TPN media.


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Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.