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    Stabbed Phuket Tourist Speaks Out to Save Others

    Stabbed Phuket Tourist Speaks Out to Save Others

    Phuket stabbing victim ''Giovanni'' being treated in hospital tonight
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    Stabbed Phuket Tourist Speaks Out to Save Others

    By Alan Morison
    Tuesday, January 17, 2012
    PHUKET: An Italian tourist has been stabbed in the back within hours of arriving for his holiday on Phuket, the victim of a motorcycle gang.

    The tourist ran bleeding towards a resort at Nai Harn, in southern Phuket, where a couple of English tourists cared for him. Local Phuket police appeared disinterested once they were told the perpetrators were locals.






    Phuketwan met the stabbed tourist at Bangkok Hospital Phuket tonight after his cousin "Donna," who lives and works on Phuket, grew concerned that other tourists might also be attacked, and called us.

    The family is troubled about possible repercussions and did not want their names used, however, they were keen to talk about the attack.

    "Giovanni" and another cousin arrived at Phuket International Airport about 6pm on Monday.

    "Most of my family have been out to visit over New Year," Donna said. "Because my brother and I had to work Tuesday, my brother took Giovanni out on the back of his motorbike last night to have a look around."

    Giovanni, 33, from Modena, took up the account: "It was about 9.30pm or perhaps 10 and we headed down to Nai Harn. Everybody had said how nice it was. Donna's brother wanted to show me a good restaurant they all like.

    "Everything was closed, though, along the beachfront, in the park. We stopped to take a look and then suddenly, we were surrounded by motorcycles. I spotted three and there may have been a fourth one.

    "The guys on the motorcycles talked to us but we didn't understand a word they were saying. I noticed one of them, who was riding pillion, had his hands behind his back the whole time.

    "I got off the motorcycle and as I did, I felt an electric shock. I was hit in the back. I started to run. Donna's brother took off on the motorcycle, too.

    "As I was running for my life, he pulled up alongside me and I climbed back on. We saw lights in the distance and headed in that direction."

    The lights were at the All Seasons Resort, close to the Nai Harn beachfront in southern Phuket, where staff and guests looked on in astonishment as Giovanni and Donna's brother appeared in the foyer, yelling for help.

    "I knew I was bleeding badly," Giovanni said. "The staff didn't seem to know what to do but two English tourists helped me. We realised we didn't have a telephone so the hotel sent a car to let Donna and the others know what had happened.

    "By the time they arrived, the ambulance and police were there."

    Giovanni spent Monday night in Bangkok Hospital Phuket's intensive care unit as doctors assessed the damage caused by the stab wound to his back.

    While it's no longer life-threatening, Giovanni's 10 days in Phuket - to be followed by four days in Bangkok - now depend on when he can leave hospital and when doctors think he will be in a condition to fly.

    "My family have all been visiting Phuket," Donna said. "It seems so nice. But after this stabbing we do remember seeing a lot of young teenage boys on motorcycles around the Nai Harn area."

    Police turned up at the All Seasons on Monday night but the family has heard nothing from them since.

    Donna plans to go to Chalong Police Station on Wednesday to make a formal statement in the hope that action will follow, and that other tourists might be prevented from being stabbed.

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    that's me saved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FarangRed View Post

    "I knew I was bleeding badly," Giovanni said. "The staff didn't seem to know what to do but two English tourists helped me.
    Typical. The Thai staff stand there and look bovine and dopey.

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    In summary, they were riding around and god surrounded by motorcycles and the random Italian tourist got stabbed in the back. No previous reason or explanation, no apparent motive (e.g. attempted robbery). Something is missing in this story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FarangRed
    Phuket police appeared disinterested
    They just wrote it off as attempted suicide probably. No balconies to jump off of so he tried to stab himself in the back to death. Next case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crocodilexp View Post
    In summary, they were riding around and god surrounded by motorcycles and the random Italian tourist got stabbed in the back. No previous reason or explanation, no apparent motive (e.g. attempted robbery). Something is missing in this story.

    Really doesnt take much to set the wrong type of Thai lads off, maybe rode to close to them or cut in front, maybe just looked in their direction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FarangRed View Post
    Donna plans to go to Chalong Police Station on Wednesday to make a formal statement in the hope that action will follow, and that other tourists might be prevented from being stabbed.
    Ha, yea right. Don't hold your breath. They don't care.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crocodilexp View Post
    In summary, they were riding around and god surrounded by motorcycles and the random Italian tourist got stabbed in the back. No previous reason or explanation, no apparent motive (e.g. attempted robbery). Something is missing in this story.
    agree. Until we get the full story, this WOP can wait on his warnings

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    Quote Originally Posted by Latindancer View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by FarangRed View Post

    "I knew I was bleeding badly," Giovanni said. "The staff didn't seem to know what to do but two English tourists helped me.
    Typical. The Thai staff stand there and look bovine and dopey.
    I was under the impression that the reference to simian was the accepted favourite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rigger View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by crocodilexp View Post
    In summary, they were riding around and god surrounded by motorcycles and the random Italian tourist got stabbed in the back. No previous reason or explanation, no apparent motive (e.g. attempted robbery). Something is missing in this story.

    Really doesnt take much to set the wrong type of Thai lads off, maybe rode to close to them or cut in front, maybe just looked in their direction.
    Still, there seems to be pieces missing and innuendo throughout the reportage - which is par for general journalism and reporting in Thai newspapers, especially the English-variety for a Farang market. Even this fucking story is so littered with "suggestions" and vacant of facts.

    Consider the source before going off with the predictable and excepted stereotype about anyone. In this case, it would be our beloved Thai - always a favourite target. Particularly, the hooligan types.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rural Surin View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Latindancer View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by FarangRed View Post

    "I knew I was bleeding badly," Giovanni said. "The staff didn't seem to know what to do but two English tourists helped me.
    Typical. The Thai staff stand there and look bovine and dopey.
    I was under the impression that the reference to simian was the accepted favourite.
    i think bovine is the correct adjective in this case, it describes perfectly the standing around, the disinterest, the looking on, the lack of action and presumably the absence of any cognitive thought process.

    the simian descriptor is used when there is at least some action involved, but action so inappropriate, so lacking in moral basis and so illogical that it could not under any circumstances be classed as human in origin.

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    If people go to deserted areas at night they are asking for trouble in any country
    Nai harn beach once the restaurants are closed is definitely deserted

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    Quote Originally Posted by petercallen View Post
    If people go to deserted areas at night they are asking for trouble in any country
    What aload of utter nonsense.

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    Nothing earth shattering regards this story.

    Walk around my city at night time and ones sure to come unstuck.

    Normal random attack or attacked because you look at some twat the wrong way.

    Thailand seems quite tame sometimes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by terry57 View Post
    Nothing earth shattering regards this story.

    Walk around my city at night time and ones sure to come unstuck.

    Normal random attack or attacked because you look at some twat the wrong way.

    Thailand seems quite tame sometimes.
    That's right, if it was down by the beach in Birmingham Alabama, he would have have had his face shot off and his corpse buttfucked by Negroes

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