An incident unfolded in Thailand’s renowned ‘Sin City’ of Pattaya as British holidaymaker Ian Thomas, 60, and his son Gregory, 37, were beaten by bouncers outside a bar.
The altercation occurred after the pair had entered the Matador Bar in the city’s Soi Buakhao red light street but were asked to leave by the bar owner. The situation escalated into a physical brawl when bouncers attempted to usher them out.
CCTV footage captured the confrontation, showing Gregory being attacked and pulled to the ground before being repeatedly kicked. In an attempt to intervene, Ian slapped one of the guards, leading to him being pushed to the ground and kicked in the head by staff members. Despite the brawl’s intensity, both individuals sustained injuries during the altercation.
Gregory later recounted the events, explaining that he had engaged in a heated argument with a bouncer and had offered compensation to resolve the situation. The footage highlights the chaos that ensued, drawing attention to the aggressive behavior displayed by both parties involved.
Police arrived at the scene after receiving reports from concerned bystanders. They found Ian with an injured left eyebrow and broken glasses, while Gregory tended to his father’s wounds. Both tourists and a bouncer, Natthakarn Boonprasom, 27, were taken to the police station for questioning.
The incident has raised questions about the circumstances that led to their expulsion from the bar and the subsequent encounter. Thailand’s current military government has attempted to curtail the city’s notorious reputation as a hub for various illicit activities, yet its allure for tourists remains.
Police Captain Nattapol Saengsee commented on the ongoing investigation, emphasizing the review of CCTV footage to achieve a resolution. The altercation serves as a reminder of the challenges in regulating the shadow economy that continues to thrive in the city despite attempts at reform.
As the investigation unfolds, the incident sheds light on the complexities of managing such areas and the need for continued efforts to ensure the safety and well-being of both residents and visitors in Pattaya.