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Man charged over violent assault at Phuket’s Nui Beach

Phuket police have charged a man in relation to a violent assault at the island’s Nui Beach last week. Nui Beach is accessible down a 1.5 kilometre track, just off the road near the Karon Viewpoint.

Sinlert Sukhum, commander of Phuket Provincial Police, confirmed Chalothorn Chotpanang, aka Boy, has been charged following the incident on Thursday, May 23.

Chalothorn was summoned to Karon Police Station at around 6pm on Friday, May 24, where he was formally charged with physical assault causing injury to others. Sinlert says the authorities also plan to arrest 3 others in relation to the incident, which was filmed by a bystander.

The Phuket News reports that the original complaint filed by 59 year old Meekiat Phaisanworachai was for attempted murder. However, Sinlert says the available evidence, including medical reports and the nature of the victim’s injuries, does not support this claim. He adds that the handle of a machete was used in the attack, as opposed to the blade.

According to the report, Chalothorn has admitted to the charge, which arises from an ongoing boundary dispute concerning 68 rai of land at the popular beach. He has been granted temporary release.

Sinlert say the authorities intend to facilitate talks between both sides this week in order to resolve the dispute. The police chief goes on to deny that officers have any personal stake in the dispute, saying legal action will be brought against either side if justified.

He insists Phuket Provincial Police are not taking any sides in their handling of the investigation and will ensure justice is served for everyone involved.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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