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2 Thai women attacked by foreign mafia in Koh Samui

A Thai woman sought help from the Thai media after she and her mother were attacked by some foreigners who claimed to be part of a mafia gang at a bar in Koh Samui on New Year’s Eve. The woman turned to the media because the police ignored her case.

The local Facebook page Samui Fresh News posted a video and pictures of a foreign group of two men and two women attacking two Thai women at a bar in Koh Samui yesterday, January 10.

One of the victims, 51 year old Joy, informed the page that she, a friend, her mother, and her mother’s boyfriend visited the bar for a countdown event on December 31.

At about 11.56pm, Joy and her friend stood on the sofa to try and get a perfect picture of the fireworks. One male foreigner climbed on the same sofa and stepped on Joy’s foot. Joy let the man know but he refused to apologise.

Three of the man’s friends then climbed onto nearby sofas and stepped on her bags and belongings.

Joy acknowledged the foreigners maybe wanted to get a view of the fireworks just like her so she urged the foreigners to take off their shoes before standing on the sofas. They ignored her at first, then swore while one of them tried to spit at her friend.

The foreigners allegedly told Joy they were rich and powerful in Koh Samui and could do whatever they wanted.

One of the foreign men tried to pour beer over the head of Joy’s mother, as featured in the video on the post.

In the ensuing chaos, one of the foreign women pulled Joy’s hair making her fall to the floor. Her mother tried to help but she fell to the floor as well. The group took advantage of the situation and began attacking Joy and her mother.

Joy said some foreign tourists tried to help but the gang attacked them as well. One foreign man who helped get her mother out of the scene got punched until he bled.

Joy said the bar staff suppressed the incident but did not ask the troublemakers to leave or ask about her and her mother’s conditions.

Joy’s mother suffered bruising to her ribcage, head and arms.

Joy filed a complaint with the police on the next day, January 1, but there’s been no development.

The police told her that they were busy and did not have time to follow up on her case.

Joy tried to find out the identities of the foreigners. She believes that the group are Australian citizens and members of a powerful foreign mafia gang on the island.

After the post on Samui Fresh News went viral, Channel 3 interviewed an officer from Bor Phut Police Station. Ravi Na-Boonno stated that he was aware of the problem, but the bar had over 1,000 customers that night, and police received numerous complaints on that day.

Ravi said he would check the bar’s security cameras and question the relevant foreigners.

Ravi urged the victims to calm down and relax, adding that the case was in progress.

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Petch Petpailin

Petpailin, or Petch, is a Thai translator and writer for The Thaiger focusing on Thai news and what's happening in Thailand. She is a news writer who stops reading news on the weekends to spend more time cafe hopping and petting dwarf shrimp.