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Japanese man allegedly beaten by Pattaya bar security

Neill Fronde



FILE PHOTO: Pattaya's bar scene

A Japanese man is recovering after allegedly receiving a beating by security guards at a bar in central Pattaya just after midnight this morning, according to the Pattaya City Police. The 41 year old Japanese man, Takeshi Shigami, arrived at the police station at 1am, saying that two nightclub guards assaulted him “without provocation”. He claims he did nothing to aggravate the bouncers into attacking. The man filed the police report and then went to the local hospital a checkup out of an abundance of caution.

The Pattaya News reports that Pattaya police attempted to locate the suspect after investigating the incident at the bar, asking the suspect’s father to tell the bouncer to turn himself in. The suspect, Nipon Prakong, arrived to be interviewed at the police station at 4am, and proceeded to lay out a very different tale than that of the victim’s.

He accepted full responsibility for attacking the Japanese man, but claimed that the other security guards at the club were not involved. He also stressed that the incident was not unprovoked. His version of events described a very drunk Takeshi entering the bar after closing time demanding a beer even though they were clearly shut and had all the house lights on.

Pattaya currently has a midnight curfew for bars because of Covid-19, just as Bangkok is considering a 9pm curfew so the bar was obligated to follow that restriction. They refused to serve him, at which point the Japanese man got visibly agitated. Nipon said that Takeshi was disappointed and upset and clearly drunk and began shouting loudly, demanding to be served.

The bouncer asked him to leave the bar, but the man allegedly refused demanding repeatedly to be given a beer before he would agree to vacate the closed nightclub. Eventually the man pushed the bouncer, though the bouncer admits it was a light push, but Nipon was enraged and hit Takeshi in the face.

The bouncer is now facing criminal charges of committing bodily harm causing injuries. The name of the bar hasn’t been disclosed at this stage as Pattaya Police considered it an ongoing investigation. They plan to review the CCTV footage inside the bar to confirm if the beating was unprovoked as the Japanese man claims or came after intoxicated belligerence escalated to a violent outburst as the bouncer asserts. They also plan on taking additional statements from both the security guard and the Japanese men, including investigating further Takeshi’s claim that there were two bouncers involved not just Nipon.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News


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    Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 8:09 pm

    To every one who intends to visit – reconsider. Be careful. There are plenty of these local obnoxious buffalo bouncers which will use every excuse to rip you off and assault you.

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    Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 9:00 pm

    Sounds like you have been on the receiving end Kim.
    I suspect the Japs version of events has a lot of details missing

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    toby andrews

    Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 9:35 pm

    Tragic considering the Japanese co prosperity arrangement in the last world war.
    What the security should have said is, Here is a free bottle. You cannot come in. Now clear off.
    But that would conflict with the Thai innate greed, and would prevent them from this easy remedy.
    Alas . . .

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    Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 10:37 pm

    Let me guess, the CCTV was out of order…

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    Dave Harrison

    Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 11:20 pm

    I know the jap guy, hes extremely intoxicated and on drugs every night looking for a random fight. He did that in a thai disco, dont feel soory for the guy, believe me.

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    James Pate

    Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 4:32 am

    People who can’t handle drunks shouldn’t work in bars.

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    Paul Mullan

    Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 6:52 am

    People who can’t handle drink shouldn’t drink.

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    Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 7:11 am

    Here we go again, thais getting punchy. Don’t come to this hell hole.

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    Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 7:25 am

    The real story is probably somewhere in the middle. Something like this:

    Japanese man goes to the bar drunk at closing time and is a bit of an ass. He argues with the bouncer and touches the bouncer. Bouncer(s) kicks his ass.

    Blame on both sides can be had. Likely the bouncer(s) will be warned and fined.

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    Cultural Observer

    Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 7:27 am

    Damn those belligerent _________ (fill in the blanks)

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    Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 10:08 am

    Toby, what’s the last World War got to do with it? Neither antagonist was born at the time or has that salient point escaped you?


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    Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 11:26 am

    @wayno. your deranged conclusion evidence that you belong to the same group of low class, illiterate, nasty buffalos which can only express themselves via physical assault.

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    toby andrews

    Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 4:10 pm

    True enough slugger.

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    toby andrews

    Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 4:19 pm

    Beware of the square of bars shown above. They have been running a racket for years now.
    The customer sits down orders a drink, however no prices are shown, which gives the bars the option to charge the customers B100 – B120 for a small bottle.
    Many of the Go Go bars do not charge that much!
    Average price for a bottle along the street is B60 – B70.
    The staff in this square are all middle aged chubby women. I suppose this scam is the only way they can make money.

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    Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 7:03 pm

    I have seen this Japanese man come to the bars in question (they are not the bars in the photo). He is a, normally always drunk and sometimes aggressive to the staff and customers. I was not present that night, but I think he got the comeuppance he probably deserved.

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Neill is a journalist from the United States with 10 years broadcasting experience and national news and magazine publications. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications from the University of California and has been living in Thailand since 2014.

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