British tourist bodyslams Thai woman during scuffle at coffee shop

A British tourist has been arrested in Thailand after allegedly bodyslamming a woman into the ground like a wrestler.

The Englishman allegedly tricked Kanchamon Chatpishatorn, 45, into meeting him at a coffee shop in downtown Phuket on November 8 after he claimed he had visa issues and needed help. 

Upon meeting at the cafe, the Brit, who police have not named, took Kanchamon to the building’s second-floor before a scuffle erupted and he manhandled her.

Kanchamon reported the alleged attack to police and the man was arrested on Tuesday on the popular holiday island, which re-opened to tourists earlier this year.

The Thai woman told officers she was talking with him over coffee when Kanchamon noticed a Ukrainian couple walking towards the table and asked if they wanted to join her.

CCTV footage shows the Ukrainian lady allegedly hugging Kanchamon as a distraction while the husband snatched her bag.

The furious Thai woman was then seen swinging wildly at the couple to retrieve her purse, but was restrained by the British man who slammed her onto the floor.

Kanchamon ran down the steps to go after her belongings after freeing herself, but the apparent thieves had already made their escape. 

Phuket police later arrested the foreigners, including the Ukrainian pair, who allegedly tried to return the items and pay compensation.

Kanchamon said: ‘Their lawyer contacted me and offered to pay 400,000 THB for what happened, but I refused. I want them to be prosecuted.

‘I would have been dead if they had a knife, I’m afraid I won’t be treated fairly because they are foreigners. I believe the Ukrainian couple did this to take revenge on me because of a business issue.

‘I reported to the police before about a problem I had, but there was no progress. It’s almost like they are siding with the foreigners for some form of benefit.’ 

Police Lieutenant Colonel Ratsada Klangwong said: ‘The victim and the foreigners knew each other before the incident. There was a business-related conflict leading to what happened at the coffee shop.

‘An investigation is still ongoing. The foreign suspects will be questioned further.’