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Australian Expat “Captain Mark” Charged with Murder in Phuket

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Mark Pendlebury aka Captain Mark

Mark Pendlebury aka Captain Mark


PHUKET – Mark Pendlebury an Australian Expat who runs a successful sail boat tour company on the tourist island of Phuket in Thailand has been charged with murder.

Mark Pendlebury, known affectionately by locals as ‘Captain Mark’ as he is never without his captain’s hat and pipe – was trying to break up a fight outside Taipan nightclub on Wednesday night.

Mark Pendlebury is interviewed by officers in Patong Hospital

Mark Pendlebury is interviewed by officers in Patong Hospital

Mark Pendlebury, 59, ‘Captain Mark’ was on his way home from a Patong Rotary meeting when he came across the scuffle, Phuket Wan reported.

Captain Mark said “I pulled out my camera to record what was happening and a security guard tried to stop me doing that,” before I knew it, I was being badly beaten up.”

Mr Pendlebury went on to say how he pulled out his knife and “waved it back and forth to defend himself”.

Phuket Police allege Captain Mark stabbed security guard, Sanya Khluewaengmon, after he tried to stop the Australian from filming the fight outside the nightclub about 12.30am local time on Wednesday.

Mr Sanya was also taken to Patong hospital along with Pendlebury, but he died an hour and a half later.

The incident comes days after volunteers who patrol the usually peaceful holiday island walked off the job last week because of a disagreement with local police over a lack of support. Volunteer ‘tourist police’ have now resumed their patrols after meeting with local authorities and negotiating regular meetings, adding the expat’s arrest has shocked locals.

Kathu Police Station’s superintendent Chaiwat Auikam said investigations into the incident were ongoing.

Detectives are going through CCTV footage along with seeking out video taken by witnesses on the night.

Australian consular officials from the embassy in Bangkok are providing assistance. A bail hearing is likely to take place today.

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