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February 15, 2018 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Several nights of street fights on a notorious strip in the Thai party resort of Pattaya have followed a punch-up in which an Australian man died, allegedly beaten to death in a bar.

Local police commanders have vowed to crack down hard on street violence in Pattaya to bring it under control.

An American has now surrendered to police after a wild bar fight last Friday in which 43-year-old Benjamin Robb, from Newport in Victoria, was beaten to death.

Robb is said to have become involved in a drunken brawl at the Ruby Bar in Pattaya.

Reports in Thai media said the fight was between Robb and an American, said to be about 30 years old. ABC News reported witnesses saying both men had been drinking heavily in the afternoon and appeared drunk during the frenzied fighting that broke out.

The Australian was knocked unconscious after sustaining serious injuries to his head and upper body. The American fled the scene but later contacted Thai police and turned himself in.

Since then, violence on Pattaya’s wild “Walking Street” appears to have got even worse. London’s Sun newspaper has aired footage of eight men brawling on Walking Street.

“Fists flew wildly as party music blared in the background, before several bar girls stepped in to break up the scrap,” the paper said. It added that the fight “appeared to involve British tourists in shorts and flip-flops and a group of Middle Eastern holidaymakers”.

The Sun published gory photos of another western tourist sitting helplessly on the ground with blood pouring from his head after an apparent violent disagreement with his landlord.

Those pursuing sex and/or violence seem to be able to find them in Pattaya, dubbed “the sex capital of the world” where musclemen involved in weightlifting and Thai martial arts frequent bars. Rage fuelled by testosterone and alcohol sometimes erupts.

Fortunately, plenty of quiet, pleasant, fascinating, family-friendly and charming places exist in Thailand too!

Written by Peter Needham

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