Two French men arrested for allegedly attacking Thai man on Samui Island

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Samui Island, Surat Thani –

Two French foreigners were arrested after allegedly attacking a Thai man who sustained severe injuries on Samui Island.

Ms. Lakkana Salao, 47, told local press about the incident along with a video clip.

“At 9:20 P.M. on Saturday (October 15th) My boyfriend and I Mr. Somkuan Songkot, 43, were on a motorbike near a mall in Pru Chaweng. There was a luxury car chasing after us and honking the horn before we stopped the motorbike. We had previously been admiring the vehicle, a white Porsche with Bangkok plates, as it was beautiful.”

“Two foreigners came out from the car. I asked them what we could help them with but one of them pointed at my boyfriend’s face before attacking him, kicking him and punching him in the head. The two foreigners then fled the scene. My boyfriend was knocked unconscious and is still in a coma in intensive care. He is now being treated after a major brain and head operation. I have filed a report to police,” Ms. Lakkana explained.

The Bo Phut Police Chief Colonel Yutthana Sirisombat told the Phuket Express, “We have tracked down the two foreigners who are 28 and 34-year-old French men. We found them at a bar two kilometers from the scene.”

“The suspects told us that the motorbike reportedly followed their luxury car, causing the driver to become angry. However, the two men are facing charges of assaulting another person causing severe injury and drunk driving. They are now in custody at the Samui Provincial Court and police have denied bail,” Colonel Yutthana explained.

The names of the two men were withheld pending further legal proceedings, however the incident was widely discussed on Thai social media. It was unclear if the men were ex-pats or tourists, although their ownership of a luxury vehicle appeared to point towards the former.

TPN notes that the video of the incident appeared to only show one of the two men, the driver, physically attacking the victim, with the other man standing shirtless and observing, although he was also charged by law enforcement.

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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Goong 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 three years. Specializes primarily in local news for Pattaya, Chonburi, and Phuket, 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.