A Kazakhstani man, suspected of shooting a Russian man who was sitting in his car at a popular Phuket Cafe, has denied all charges including intent to murder. A gun believed to be the weapon used in the crime has been found in a pond in Cherng Talay, Thalang.
Our previous stories:
A Kazakhstani suspect has been arrested at Phuket International Airport after a Russian businessman was injured after being shot while he was in a car at a popular cafe in Phuket. The suspect has initially been charged with overstaying.
Now for the update:
The Phuket Provincial Police Commander Major General Sermphan Sirikong told the Phuket Express on Saturday (June 10th) that an arrest warrant was issued by the Phuket Provincial Court on Thursday (June 8th) for the Kazakhstani suspect, Mr. Artur Legay, 49.
Mr. Legay is facing charges with intent to murder and illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition. However he has denied all charges and told police that he knows nothing at all and has been described as uncooperative with any questioning.
The Phuket Express noted, a legal charge for ‘Opening fire in public without a reason’ was not mentioned as a current charge applied to Mr. Legay.
On Friday night (June 9th) the hand gun that Mr. Legay allegedly used to shoot the Russian man, Mr. ALEYNIKOV DMITRY, 44, was found in a pond which is about one kilometer from the scene.
Legay is not expected to be granted bail as he is considered to be a flight risk and will remain in Thai custody awaiting trial.
Mr. Dmitry is recovering from his bullet wounds in a local Phuket hospital and is said to be conscious, cognizant, and in upbeat spirits. He has not, however, yet officially conducted an interview with law enforcement about the incident due to his still recovering health.
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