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Thaivisa exclusive: “Attempted murder" as "Australian" man punched by Thai in school says he is really British

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Thaivisa exclusive:

“Attempted murder" as "Australian" man punched by Thai in school says he is really British

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The ‘Australian’ pensioner who was floored by a left hook in the parking lot of a Pattaya school on Wednesday after a road rage incident is really British national George Collins, 77, Thaivisa can reveal.

 

Mr Collins admitted that despite living in Brisbane for many years he considers himself British and travels on a British passport.

 

He was born in Walsall in the midlands of England. He said he was 77 not 72 as previously reported in error strewn stories in the Thai press.

 

This morning he clarified his background in an exclusive interview with Thaivisa before he attended another hearing at Pattaya police station at 10am.

 

He still maintains his innocence despite facing a charge of attempted murder calling the whole thing a "crazy business".

 

The gold shop owner who punched him is being charged with assault and has apologized for his actions.

 

The Thai press reported Mr Collins posted 200,000 bail.

 

Mr Collins was knocked down in front of a cop, teachers and students as he was in the parking lot at Aksorn Suksa School in Soi Korphai. He was picking up his nine year old daughter at 3pm on Wednesday.

 

But when police saw video footage from a dash cam of a car presented to them by Sumeth Rungratanaphan, 28, they agreed there was a case to answer for the man now revealed as a British pensioner.

 

 

Sumeth said he intends to push the matter to the fullest extent of the law.

 

A still “dazed and confused" Mr Collins told Thaivisa from his Pattaya home this morning:

 

“It's a crazy business," he said, "but this sort of thing happens in Thailand. I still intend to stay here for the rest of my life.

 

Regarding what led up to the incident at the school he said:

 

"This Thai guy attacked ME with his car. He used his car as a weapon and ran me off the road.

 

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Picture: Thai Rath

 

Regarding getting the “gardening tool" that resembled a machete from the rear of his car to confront Sumeth he added:

 

"I retaliated and I'm the one in trouble now."

 

Regarding his nationality he confirmed that many details in the Thai press were inaccurate.

 

"I am British and I travel on a British passport. I was born in Walsall though I lived in Queensland for a while. I consider myself as British.

 

“I believe my residency in Australia has expired by now,” he said as he has been in Thailand 15 years and married for most of those to wife Pattama who he met in Pattaya.

 

He asked Thaivisa to help him by presenting his side of the story. He added that he did not want to comment on claims in the Thai press that he was formerly a big player in the fishing fleet business.

 

Meanwhile the Thai press reported that “99" gold shop owner Sumeth had asked Thai society to understand his role in the affair.

 

He told Thai Rath that he was wrong to assault the foreigner especially as it was in front of everyone including a policeman at a school. But he said that it was started by the other party and ultimately he was pushed too far and lost his temper.

 

He asked to be forgiven for his part but said he had ample evidence to warrant a charge of attempted murder. He fully admitted assault.

 

Mr Collins - who speaks with an Australian accent - was reported by Thai Rath as saying that it was originally a misunderstanding - when the two cars came close he said he waved the Thai through and he probably thought he was giving him the finger.

 

There then followed pushing and shoving on the road in their cars before Sumeth pulled in front of him and put his brakes on sharply, he claimed.

 

He reiterated his claim that Sumeth jumped in front of his car and added that he “hurt his elbows on my windscreen".

 

The dash cam footage showed the Thai being hurled into the air before landing on his feet and aiming a kick at the foreigner’s car before getting back into his own and chasing him to the school.

 

Tnews reported that Mr Collins will have to fight a charge of attempted murder with Sumeth saying that he intends to push that to the fullest extent of the law.

 

When asked by Thaivisa about facing an attempted murder charge Mr Collins said that he “felt confused" after appearing at the police station yesterday. A lawyer was appointed for him.

 

He said that he had not been following the story himself in the news and appealed for help.

 
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These are "garden tools"

 

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These are "machetes"

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well,well,well This is one for the books

So now that everyone has dragged the Assies over the coals, they can now have a crack at the Poms' 

& this Pom is now in it up to his neck

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Incredible. How this lunatic is still claiming innocence is astounding. The machete footage is not so clear and has room for debate, but the footage of him running the Thai bloke down is DAMNING.

I still see a backroom deal being made here. The fines / settlements dished out will be heavy.

The Aussie / Brit guy's claim of bad driving starting it probably are true, but it is just an empty claim made by a guy who is absolutely bang to rights 

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It is up to the court to decide if the attempted murder charge is appropriate, but I do hope that Sumeth is also going to be charged. The punch he threw was pretty dirty and I do not feel it fair that he can just walk away from that without some repercussions.

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I have no sympathy for this "British" guy. If he speaks with an Aussie accent he must have lived there for a long time. I think there may be more to this story. He was in the wrong. Gives the law abiding British a bad name. He should lose his right to live here for his stupid behaviour. 

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hold on until I get some popcorn.

 

OK. go.

 

 

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38 minutes ago, webfact said:

He said that he had not been following the story himself in the news and appealed for help.

Well if he is looking for sympathy, he will find it in the dictionary beyween shit and syphilis, but I doubt he is going to find any on this forum. From everything I have seen and read, he fully deserves whatever trouble comes his way for acting so incredibly stupidly, not to mention a fair few lies that followed.

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This has been a hilarious story sinc eit broke. Twists, turns and back flips.

Aussie? British? Who gives a toss?

Still a whackjob who's still protesting his innocence despite the video of him pulling a "garden tool" out of his boot and taking off down the street before deliberately running over his victim.

 

Thai victim put his hands and cops to the assault charge and the Brit must face the wholly appropriate charge of attempted murder.

With any luck, he'll be sectioned.

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22 minutes ago, Ratcher said:

I have no sympathy for this "British" guy. If he speaks with an Aussie accent he must have lived there for a long time. I think there may be more to this story. He was in the wrong. Gives the law abiding British a bad name. He should lose his right to live here for his stupid behaviour. 

Agree with all you say and wonder if all those Aussie bashers will offer sincerest apologies for opening their trap so wide.

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Aussies are British aren't they?  or were once we'd emptied our jails  :giggle:   (just kidding)

 

Anyway carrying that thing in ones car is inexcusable and dumb and he's about to pay the price Mr. Jai Ron

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All Aussies were originally British.  Riotous rampage is in the genes.

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