Australian expat in Thailand charged with murder

Published:  16 Mar at 2 PM
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Police charged the 59-year-old Western Australian expat on Wednesday with murder after an incident with a security guard from a popular Patong nightclub close to Soi Bangla on Tuesday night.

Just after midnight, Pendlebury was returning home from a meeting with the Rotary Club when he saw two men being ejected from the Taipan disco by security staff. He stopped to film the incident however was attacked by the 25-year-old security guard after he had been ordered to stop recording.

During the scuffle, the security guard was reportedly stabbed. Both injured men were taken for treatment at Patong Hospital, however 90 minutes later, the security guard died.

The Thai Police interviewed Pendlebury at the hospital, after which he was charged with murder at Kathu police station.

From his police cell, he told reporters that he saw the two men being ejected from the disco and had decided to film the scuffle. It was at this point, after being warned by the security guard to stop filming, that he was attacked and beaten.

Pendlebury said that, to defend himself, he waved a pocketknife back and forth.

Yesterday, Michelle Hawryluck from Phuket’s Australian Honorary Consul met with Pendlebury. The Australian Embassy in Bangkok has also sent a Consul to Phuket to meet with him. Pendlebury, a 10-year resident of Phuket who ran a boating business, and his wife, Cha-Cha, continue to be provided with consular assistance from the Australian Embassy.
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