Connect with us


Phuket workers fight extradition for Aussie murder

Legacy Phuket Gazette



PHUKET: Two former employees of a Phuket Town restaurant are fighting extradition to Australia, where they are wanted for the 2009 stabbing murder of an Australian man in Melbourne.

The pair, 28-year-old Surad Seehaverachart and Thatiya Cherdphutham, 25, are wanted for the May 2009 stabbing murder of 29-year-old Luke Mitchell outside a nightclub.

Surad was arrested by three officers stationed at the Tourist Police Region 5 office in Phuket Town on September 18 last year.

One of the three officers, Sgt Maj Meesak Mankhong, told the Rachada District Court in Bangkok yesterday he and fellow officers were working under orders from the Tourist Police Region 5 commander when they served a warrant issued by the Criminal Court and arrested Surad at an Isarn restaurant in Phun Pol Plaza in Phuket Town.

The arrest followed a one-week investigation, Sgt Maj Meesak said.

Surad was handed over to Phaholyothin District Police in Bangkok.

Thatiya, who was employed by the same restaurant, was arrested at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Greater Bangkok on October 30, 2010.

A third Thai man allegedly involved in the slaying remains at large in Thailand.

Both Surad and Thatiya, who were working and studying in Melbourne at the time, admitted to killing the Australian and then fleeing the country.

However they said they were acting in self-defense against the much larger Australian, who they described as “almost two meters tall”.

They said Mr Mitchell was drunk and began bullying them during a crowded outdoor festival.

However, Australian newspapers quoted witnesses as saying Mr Mitchell was a Good Samaritan who stepped in to try and break up a fight during which a man was being badly beaten.

He suffered five stab wounds and later died in hospital, according to press reports at the time.

The next extradition hearing is scheduled for May 23.

— Nation Breaking News


Want more Thailand news from the Thaiger family?

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS for instant updates on your mobile
📝️ Join the conversation on Thaiger Talk - discuss news & life in our Thailand forums
📧 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🔔 Subscribe to or Join our YouTube channel for daily video updates


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.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

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

Follow Thaiger by email:

Thailand22 mins ago

Thailand News Today | Hotel occupancy, Phuket beaches hit with tar balls, doctor ‘warning’ | June 21

Thailand46 mins ago

Pattaya residents complain of sinkholes in road, couple sustains injuries

Insurgency53 mins ago

2 suspected insurgents killed in gunfire exchange with police-military team

Phuket Sandbox July 1st


Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in July - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages in June!

Best of1 hour ago

Top 8 Things to do in Hua Hin

Thailand2 hours ago

Army raids a house, arrests 53 as part of alleged gambling operation

Best of2 hours ago

Top 5 Insurance Companies for Expats in Thailand

Thailand2 hours ago

Thailand abstains from vote on UN resolution condemning Myanmar violence

Leisure2 hours ago

Top 5 Rooftop Bars in Bangkok

Best of2 hours ago

Top 5 Shabu-Shabu Restaurants in Bangkok

Indonesia2 hours ago

Indonesia approaches 2 million Covid cases

Thailand3 hours ago

Monday Covid Update: 3,175 new cases; infections rise in the Deep South

Pollution3 hours ago

Oil slick and ‘tar balls’ wash up on Phuket’s beaches – what caused it?

Best of3 hours ago

Top 5 Ice Cream Shops in Bangkok

Best of3 hours ago

Top 5 Japanese Restaurants in Bangkok

Thailand3 hours ago

Bangkok police are “ready” for Thursday’s protests

Thailand4 months ago

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

Tourism4 months ago

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

Phuket4 months ago

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

Tourism4 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand4 months ago

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

Tourism4 months ago

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

Thailand5 months ago

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

Thailand5 months ago

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

Thailand5 months ago

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

Thailand5 months ago

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

Thailand5 months ago

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

Thailand5 months ago

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

Thailand5 months ago

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

Thailand5 months ago

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

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8