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Tourist killed at “full moon” party

KOH PHANGAN: -- A gang of Thai teenagers - including the son of a local politician - are the chief suspects in the brutal murder of an Israeli tourist over the weekend who had come to enjoy the "full moon" on Phangan Island, police said Monday.

Police found the body of David Kakilashvili, 32, dead with eight knife wounds to the chest, arm, face and back and four head wounds at 2 a.m. Sunday at the Drop In bar in Phangan, an island situated 430 kilometres south of Bangkok in the Gulf of Thailand.

Witnesses said the Israeli and his friends were drinking at the bar when a fight broke out with five teenagers from the island who stabbed and beat Kakilashvili to death before fleeing the scene.

"We know who the culprits are and will ask the court to issue a warrants for their arrest today," said Phangan Police Sub-Lieutenant Likhit Chumchuay.

"The suspects include the son of a local politician, who has a bad reputation for bothering foreigners," said Likhit in a telephone interview with Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa.

He added that a swift conclusion of the case was important for the island, which is highly dependent of tourism.

Phangan, just off the coast of Samui Island, is famed for its full moon parties, all night bacchanals of drugs, booze and dancing that are popular among young Western tourists.

--DPA 2007-04-02

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once again , it will be interesting to see how this case pans out.

will the police chief be persuaded to drop the charges or reduce the charges against the politicians son , will arrest warrants actually be granted , and what role will the israeli consulate play in all this , bearing in mind that they really do take good care of their people . i cant see them just allowing the murderers to get away with it.

the dream ticket would be for the israelis to see to it that if thai justice fails them then they will take steps to see that justice is served by whatever means is necessary. something they are extremely good at.

hopefully those with knowledge about phangan , the progress of this case and the people involved will keep us all informed.

r.i.p. to the deceased , and condolences to the family of yet another murdered tourist in thailand.

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The deceased, according to a friend of mine who was there, started the fight by spitting his drink in the Thai guy's face. He and his group then started fighting with the group of Thai guys, one of which then stabbed the Israeli.

Just FYI tax, Israelis are well known in Hadrin for travelling in groups and picking fights with people. This time, they picked the wrong guys. Frankly, everyone who knows anything about Hadrin, knew it was only a matter of time before an Israeli got himself killed.

Of course, the death is senseless and unnecessary but certainly not unprovoked nor unexpected.

Not sure who the "local politician's son" could be since the only local politician who actually lives in Hadrin has an 8 year old son.

edit: just wanted to add that the FMP is tonight, not last night so he wasn't killed "at the party". And the murder happened the night before last, not last night

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i am also aware of the nature of some israeli groups here , but murder is murder , and i hope that justice will be done.

Frankly, everyone who knows anything about Hadrin, knew it was only a matter of time before an Israeli got himself killed.

it sounds like there is a sense of schadenfreude on hadrin about this , as if it WAS a deserved thing , that at last , an ill mannered tourist has got his come uppance and let it be a warning to others.

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Just FYI tax, Israelis are well known in Hadrin for travelling in groups and picking fights with people. This time, they picked the wrong guys. Frankly, everyone who knows anything about Hadrin, knew it was only a matter of time before an Israeli got himself killed.

Definitely agree with these sentiments.

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Excuse me while I run over to the store and get a box of microwave popcorn, Made in America. This has all the makings of a major drama, dead Israeli, Politicians son, drunk night in a Thai bar? The second post already suggesting the Israelis will or should take the law into their own hands. This scenario has gone down many times in Thailand but this will be the first time I know of a Israeli being murdered here. For many of us its our worst nightmare, to bleed out in the back of some truck or on the floor of some filthy bar.

The sad fact is people are murdered here every day, some justifiable, such as cases of self defense and other times it is just predatory violent murder. This is just anther day in the life but reality dictates otherwise, some people do believe the life of one human has more value than the life of another, I expect we will be hearing from them.

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In my much younger days, I was in drunken bar fights too. BUT, eight knife wounds and four head wounds is WAY beyond a barroom brawl.

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Sounds like stimulant abuse was involved. Meth-amphetamine, Ectasy, LSD, MDMA and the like are common to Haad Rin.

I remember about 9 years ago on Haad Rin an Israeli on drugs circling around at dawn like a mad caged animal, muttering, making about a 5 meter circle in the sand for hours on end. Quite a pathetic sight. To see a human being do this to himself is very sad.

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The deceased, according to a friend of mine who was there, started the fight by spitting his drink in the Thai guy's face. He and his group then started fighting with the group of Thai guys, one of which then stabbed the Israeli.

Just FYI tax, Israelis are well known in Hadrin for travelling in groups and picking fights with people. This time, they picked the wrong guys. Frankly, everyone who knows anything about Hadrin, knew it was only a matter of time before an Israeli got himself killed.

Of course, the death is senseless and unnecessary but certainly not unprovoked nor unexpected.

Not sure who the "local politician's son" could be since the only local politician who actually lives in Hadrin has an 8 year old son.

edit: just wanted to add that the FMP is tonight, not last night so he wasn't killed "at the party". And the murder happened the night before last, not last night

I do agree that Israeli's have got themselves a bad name and do seem to behave at times in a partularly arrogant manner and anyone who has spent anytime in Thailand at all knows it is not a good idea to spit your drink in a Thai mans face (if this is true).

May I also add that Thai's are also getting a very bad name not just here but all over the world.

What were Thai teenagers doing in a bar in the first place?

Why was the teenager carrying a knife in a public place?

Also when are the police going to start doing their jobs i.e. to protect and serve?

There are far too many instances of Thai's walking round with guns and knives unchallenged by police and when mixed with alcohol the results at times are only too predicatable.

I fear the situation will only improve when severe penalties are imposed for either carrying a weapon or using it and the police cannot be bought off, don't hold your breath.

R.I.P.

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i am also aware of the nature of some israeli groups here , but murder is murder , and i hope that justice will be done.
Frankly, everyone who knows anything about Hadrin, knew it was only a matter of time before an Israeli got himself killed.

it sounds like there is a sense of schadenfreude on hadrin about this , as if it WAS a deserved thing , that at last , an ill mannered tourist has got his come uppance and let it be a warning to others.

Really Taxexile? I thought my comment about it being senseless and unnecessary conveyed my opinion more correctly than your subjective editing of my post. All I said was it was a matter of time, just because you can see a train wreck coming doesn't mean you approve. The regular local people are appalled and most feel, as Southwest has posted, that this kind of violence is completely unnecessary. Another word I used in my post that you managed to overlook, tax.

Southwest, the Thai guys involved in the brawl worked at the bar, the killer was a friend. Remember, the term "teenagers" is also being subjectively used here.

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nothing that someone does in a bar should warrant their getting beat to death by a mob.

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eveyone that has spent a fair amount of time in thailand..( ive been around 19 years)..knows that to get in any sort of arguement on any sort of level...it can end up costing you your life....as a previos post mentioned....a fight in your own country might end up with a few bruises or a broken nose at the most...in thailand/phillipins and other areas....you are gambling with your life as an insult to a local is a big loss of face and they do not way up the consequences...and do not fight in ones...chances are they will get away with it as well.

thailand wants places like phuket to become world class tourist destinations..like monte carlo...san tropez.

but you cannot have tourists being beaten up / stabbed / raped / murdered over things.....like a disagreement over a tuk tuk fare.

the thai authorities really need to get a grip...as one day the tourists may decide enough is enough.

as when incidents like this do occur ( far to often) ...the first response from anyone in authority is there concern for the tourist industryand loss of revenue.

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The deceased, according to a friend of mine who was there, started the fight by spitting his drink in the Thai guy's face. He and his group then started fighting with the group of Thai guys, one of which then stabbed the Israeli.

Just FYI tax, Israelis are well known in Hadrin for travelling in groups and picking fights with people. This time, they picked the wrong guys. Frankly, everyone who knows anything about Hadrin, knew it was only a matter of time before an Israeli got himself killed.

Of course, the death is senseless and unnecessary but certainly not unprovoked nor unexpected.

Not sure who the "local politician's son" could be since the only local politician who actually lives in Hadrin has an 8 year old son.

edit: just wanted to add that the FMP is tonight, not last night so he wasn't killed "at the party". And the murder happened the night before last, not last night

nothing can justify a murder...........however since the Israelis invasion of Hadrin around 1992 I always wondered when such a thing would happend............before you alway could hear a Thai complaining about the Germans, now and then........but after, everybody complained about the Israelis no respect,stingy and selfish........specially those who worked in restaurants,hotels where they occupy everything and make "others" feel unwelcome.

Funny thing is.....you can hear the same story around Kao San Rd......

So Sbk you are absolutely right..........

I still feel for his family.........wonder what happend to his friends.......??

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Southwest, the Thai guys involved in the brawl worked at the bar, the killer was a friend. Remember, the term "teenagers" is also being subjectively used here.

Yes, makes sense - the guys who work at Drop Inn Bar have always had a reputation for being a nasty bunch, I'd often hear about them being involved in fights and other unpleasant incidents.

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