The parents of an Australian man who Phuket police say was in a motorbike accident believe he did not crash but was beaten and left for dead.
Muay Thai fighter Daniel Ketley, 21, suffered life-threatening injuries and needed 45 stitches in his head after an incident near Soi Saiyuan in Naiharn in the early hours of June 8, 2012.
His story has emerged following reports an Australian woman was stabbed to death on the Thai holiday island last night.
Mr Ketley, who was raised on the Gold Coast and now lives in Phuket with his parents, left a friend's house and was heading to another friend's house when he was allegedly attacked.
His last memory is seeing a petrol station in the Soi Saiyuan area and thinks he may have been assaulted while stopping for fuel.
Local police are treating Mr Ketley as a motorbike crash victim despite his family, friends and family doctor disputing the claims.
His father believe he was savagely beaten, robbed of his wallet and phone and left for dead.
Mr Ketley was picked up by an ambulance at 2am and was admitted to hospital sober, with no grazes, a fractured skull and haemorrhaging and compression on the brain.
He also had a shattered eye socket, a broken jaw, four lost teeth, a fractured vertebra, nerve damage to his neck and shoulder and a fracture in the skull between his nose and upper lip.
His parents were phoned at 8am the next morning and were told he had been in a bike accident yet his clothes were not dirty or ripped and his bike had no scrapes although it was damaged at the front and the rear mirrors were smashed.
Police say they cannot investigate any further until Mr Ketley regains his memory of the night but the fighter is sure he did not crash his bike.
"I know I can't have crashed. I know the roads very well, and the damage to my body â€¦ if I had crashed I would have put my hands down for sure but they aren't grazed," said Mr Ketley.
Mr Ketley has lived in Phuket for three years and is a full-time Muay Thai boxer. His mother has speculated he may have been targeted because he is a high-profile fighter.
The Ketleys have launched a Facebook page to try and raise money to help pay for Mr Ketley's care. They are also campaigning about the dangers of riding alone at night in Phuket.
Mr Ketley has been fitted with a plate in his right cheek and jaw and has no feeling in his right arm.
He is currently being looked after at his parents' home in Phuket and has regular check-ups by doctors.
Last night, a female travel agent from Perth died after being stabbed in the heart by two men who drove past on a motorbike and tried to steal her bag.
The killers left empty-handed and the woman, who was walking with a group of 10 travel agents, did not realise she had been stabbed until the men drove away.
Another woman was also slashed on the arm and she later recounted events to police.
Police are hunting for the two men who attacked her.
whether its the formation of ethnocentric gangs or racial clashes or whatever, thailand is becoming a melting pot without rules: a lawless state that has perhaps attracted the lawless for too long -- now with increasingly dire consequences.
We could all sit outside on banana lounges discussing the best way to rebuild a 4WD transmission and agree, through shared stories of conquests supporting our assertions, that there is no basis to the proposition that those least assured of their persuasions are the first to condemn others for theirs.
Since when do predators go after the big and strong ones? I doubt they care what race people are. If they look rich and weak or slow and foreign ...
A British tourist was stabbed in the back on the holiday island of Phuket on the same night that an Australian travel agent was killed in a botched bag snatch.
Mohamad Zubair Edwa, 37, said he was riding home from a bar in Chalong on the south of the island on Wednesday night when he was confronted by three men on a motorbike who blocked the road in front of him.
One of the men dismounted and, as Mr Edwa attempted to ride around the man, he was stabbed in the side, causing a deep wound and extensive bleeding.
Read more: Phuket fears as news of another stabbing emerges | Michelle Smith
i think all tourists should go to Miami instead, far safer there, or anywhere in the USA should be good. Rio is also a good, safe destination, as is any other country in south America. I hear Mexico has some of the safest destinations in the world.
Thai cops will scour every bit of earth for those guys.
Who would ever want to stab this lady??
Thailand's best in hunt for Michelle's killers
Alan Morison in Phuket From: Herald Sun June 22, 2012 3:00PM
THAI police have intensified their hunt for the killers of Australian travel agent Michelle Smith, while her nine work colleagues were relieved to be back on home soil.
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IMHO compared with the numbers of tourists who visit Thailand its not a dangerous place. BKK for example is one of the safest cities to visit in the world. a lot of foreigners do die here, but take away all the motorbike accidents without helmets, heart attacks from shagging hookers while on viagra and balcony surfing, the numbers are not that high.
In addition, most people who get a kicking here have brought it on themselves. They get pissed and gob off at Thais. I've been here 9 years and the only people i've seen get in trouble with Thais is people not behaving properly.
I still feel safer going out here than in the UK, and certainly in the US.
here's a classic example of why people get their heads stoved in here.
The poor lady stabbed in Phuket, wrong place wrong time I'm afraid.
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PHUKET: -- Two suspects wanted for the stabbing murder of Australian travel agent Michelle Smith are in custody in Chumphon province and are expected to be returned to Phuket later today, the Phuket Gazette has learned.
News of the arrests came from Phuket Governor Tri Augkaradacha this morning during a meeting with local officials and tourism industry representatives.
The meeting, also attended by members of the Phuket Provincial Administration Organization, was held to arrange a much larger gathering, scheduled for Wednesday, to discuss tourist safety issues in Phuket.
Further details about the identity of the two men and how police were able to track them down are expected to come at a police press conference after the suspects' return to the island.