UPDATE: Australian Man Fined 10,000 Baht and Pays 40,000 Baht for Damages After Road Rage Incident in Phuket

Phuket –

An Australian man was fined 10,000 baht and paid 40,000 baht for damages after a road rage incident with a minivan in Wichit, Mueang Phuket. He also faced imprisonment for two months but he received suspension of his imprisonment sentence with one year probation.

Our previous story:

Australian Man Faces Several Legal Charges After Road Rage Incident in Phuket.

Now, our update:

The Phuket Provincial Police told the Phuket Express on Wednesday (May 31st) that the Australian man was identified as MR. NAVALE LACHLAN and his friend riding with him was identified as MR. HAIDER RUBAY, an Emirati national (United Arab Emirates). The Phuket Express noted that Phuket Police originally said Mr. LACHLAN, Australian, was the driver, but then corrected that statement.

The Phuket Provincial Police told the Phuket Express that Mr. RUBAY, an Emirati national, was the actual driver but had fled immediately back to his country on May 29th the night after the incident after learning of possible legal action.

The Phuket Kwaeng Court has already judged the case. Mr. LACHLAN, Australian, who damaged the minivan side mirror, faced imprisonment for two months but he received suspension of his imprisonment sentence with one year probation. He was fined 10,000 baht and has to pay 40,000 baht to the minivan driver for the damages.

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Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.