Connect with us

Phuket

BIS calls for donations for mugging victim

Published

 on 

BIS calls for donations for mugging victim | Thaiger

PHUKET CITY: The British International School Phuket (BIS) is asking for donations to help pay medical bills for Jake Carey, one of two BIS community members seriously injured in a motorbike crash that resulted from a violent mugging in Patong early Sunday morning.

The other victim was Carly Moorhouse, who graduated from BIS last week and is the daughter of well known local property developer Paul Moorhouse.

Dean Smart, a close friend of the couple who was out celebrating with them on Saturday night, told the Gazette that Jake, 21, and Carly, 17, were riding together on a motorbike in Patong about 3 am, after having eaten at Burger King.

As they were riding home along the beach road, two men on another motorbike pulled up from behind and pulled on Carly’s handbag in an attempt to steal it, he said.

The force of the pull caused the motorbike to crash into a wall opposite the Phuket Graceland Resort & Spa, leaving Jake unconscious.

The thieves made off with the handbag, said Dean, who parted with the couple about an hour-and-a-half before the attack.

Carly and Jake were found by Tourist Police officers and taken to Patong Hospital for initial treatment. They were later transferred to Bangkok Hospital Phuket where they continue to recover.

Jake, who works for the BIS Flying Fish Swim Club as an instructor, suffered multiple injuries, including a concussion, a compound fracture of the leg requiring surgical implantation of a metal plate, a broken collar bone and bruised ribs.

Carly suffered liver damage and internal bleeding that required surgical removal of her spleen, as well injuries to her tongue, jaw and knee.

Also recently graduated from the school, Dean said that the attack had left the BIS community in shock, as nothing like it had ever happened before.

Carly had been planning to fly to Australia on Sunday, he said.

Today’s plea for financial assistance from BIS arises from the fact that Jake is uninsured, Dean said.

In today’s letter to BIS parents and guardians, BIS Head of Secondary Nick Botting writes, “Although Jake is making an excellent recovery, the extent of his treatment, including operations, means that a large hospital bill has now been amassed. In order to offset these significant costs, the Flying Fish Swim Club has agreed to make a large donation.

“Students can help out by attending Jake’s Football Bash, which will take place on Saturday, June 21. If you would like to make a contribution, please send donations in a sealed envelope to the Headmaster’s Office where a fund is being set up.”

The violence against Jake and Carly has occurred just three days after UK Ambassador to Thailand Quinton Quayle, on a visit to Phuket from Bangkok, told the Gazette that he was concerned about the current wave of crime against foreigners here. 

“[Safety] is one of the things I will be talking with the governor [of Phuket] about. Crime happens all over the world – we have a lot in Britain – but if there is a particular spate of attacks targeting tourists or targeting people on motorcycles, one would expect the authorities to take some countermeasures,” he said.

 

Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Road deaths1 hour ago

Innocent woman killed after high-speed race near Bangkok

Crime2 hours ago

Police raid Chinese porn studio in Chon Buri, 4 arrested

Bangkok3 hours ago

Blaze at US office near German Embassy in Bangkok

Sponsored3 hours ago

Enjoy a splashing time and immerse yourself in Thai Mythology in Andamanda Phuket

Expats3 hours ago

Aussie man plunges to death from 17th floor of Pattaya hotel

Thailand3 hours ago

More details emerge on Deadly Fire in NightClub | GMT

Chon Buri17 hours ago

Faulty wiring, poor construction, unsafe materials in Mountain B fire

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Chon Buri17 hours ago

Mountain B: Owner out on bail, Bangkok club inspection, viral moment

Central Thailand18 hours ago

Thai woman murders her abusive boyfriend in front of a monk

North East18 hours ago

UPDATE: Sexy Thai model fined 5,000 baht for dancing topless in club

Thailand19 hours ago

Thailand News Today | Poll says 64% Thais had enough with PM Prayut

North East19 hours ago

10 year old killed & 5 injured after pickup hits motorbike sidecar

Crime19 hours ago

Court releases Mountain B owner on bail for 300k baht following fire in eastern Thailand

Coronavirus (Covid-19)20 hours ago

Thailand has 5 BA.2.75 antibody-resistant Covid-19 sub-variant

Tourism20 hours ago

UK student conquers mountain in Thailand blindfolded

Home Services20 hours ago

Top 5 reasons to get a maid service in Thailand

Thailand11 months ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand1 year ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism1 year ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket1 year ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism1 year ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand1 year ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism1 year ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Trending