UPDATE: Kazakhstani Suspect in Shooting of Russian Man in Phuket Initially Charged with Overstaying

Phuket –

A Kazakhstani suspect has been arrested at Phuket International Airport after a Russian businessman was injured after being shot while he was in a car at a popular cafe in Phuket. The suspect has initially been charged with overstaying.

Our previous stories:

A foreign man was shot in a car which was parked at a cafe at the boat avenue in Thalang.

A 44-year-old Russian man has sustained injuries from gunshots while he was in a parked car in front of a café in Cherng Talay.

A foreign suspect was arrested at Phuket International Airport after a Russian businessman was injured after being shot while he was in a car in Cherng Talay at a local cafe.

Now for the update:

The Phuket Provincial Police Commander Major General Sermphan Sirikong told the Phuket Express on Thursday afternoon (June 8th) that the Kazakhstani suspect had overstayed his legal visa, although the exact number of days he had overstayed was not mentioned by relevant law enforcement officials. At this stage, he has been charged with overstaying and other potential charges like attempted murder are under investigation and review.

The suspect has not cooperated well in the questioning process, added police, and has requested to meet with the Kazakhstan embassy as he did not speak English or Thai.

The injured victim, Mr. ALEYNIKOV DMITRY, 44, Russian national, is still being treated at a hospital but according to doctors is out of the “danger zone” and expected to fully survive and recover from multiple gunshot wounds. Once he is medically well enough to do so, Phuket police plan to interview Mr. Dmitry to determine if he had any idea why the suspect, Mr. Artur Legay, 49, allegedly attempted to kill him.

Mr. Dmitry was reportedly conscious, cognizant, and talking, although not yet ready for an interview.


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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.