An Australian man sustained head injuries after getting into a fistfight, which allegedly started because of a misunderstanding caused by a brief “exchange of looks.”
52-year-old Aussie Mr. Troy Robert on Saturday, March 4th, was assisted by Sawang Boriboon rescue workers after he got into a fistfight with an unidentified Thai man at the UB Me Bar and Restaurant in Soi Pattaya 7 in the Nongprue sub-district of Banglamung district.
Robert suffered bleeding and non-life-threatening head injuries. He was transfered to a nearby hospital around 1:30 AM. The Thai assailant in his 20th to 25th year, who as of press time still could not be identified, fled the restaurant after assaulting the Aussie man.
According to a Thai eyewitness, 44-year-old Ms. Lameat Mongkhon, the suspect and the injured tourist had exchanged some looks before they got into a fistfight. Robert reportedly advanced at the Thai man and got into a loud verbal disagreement and ended up getting assaulted, Ms. Lameat told The Pattaya News, adding everyone at the restaurant had already tried to stop the two and break up the disagreement but to no avail.
Pattaya Police are searching for the Thai suspect but also stated they would review CCTV to determine exactly what happened amidst conflicting reports about what had caused the incident.
Mr. Robert apologized to the restaurant owners and staff for the incident.
Meanwhile, Pattaya Police interviewed Robert today, March 4th. The foreigner, aged 52 has apologized to the police admitting he was intoxicated and started the argument. Pattaya Police confirmed to The Pattaya News that the man was drunk and probably disturbed his assailant. However, the Thai man could still be summoned for possible legal consequences.