Murder charges dropped against Australian expat in Phuket

Published:  9 Jun at 12 PM
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Thai police have thrown out the case against an Australian expat on the island of Phuket who was suspected carrying out the fatal stabbing of a nightclub worker in Patong.

After studying CCTV footage that showed Mark Pendlebury acted in self defence when attacked by Sanya Khlueawaengmon, 25, on 11 March, police decided to drop the case.

Lieutenant Colonel Jessada Saengsuree from the Patong Police said that the footage, which they could not be shown to the public at present, showed that a group of men attacked Pendlebury before he pulled his knife out to defend himself.

He noted that the police would be pressing no further charges against the Australian, but that it would now be up to the public prosecutor as to whether the case would be completely dismissed. He added that if the prosecutor did not agree with the police, the footage would be returned to them for further investigation.

The expat’s lawyer, Chaiyot Panyawai, said a settlement had been agreed and that Sanya’s family were satisfied that the Australian was not responsible for starting the fight
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