UPDATE: Kazakhstani Suspect Denies all Charges, Gun Found in Phuket Pond

Phuket –

A Kazakhstani man, suspected of shooting a Russian man who was sitting in his car at a popular Phuket Cafe, has denied all charges including intent to murder. A gun believed to be the weapon used in the crime has been found in a pond in Cherng Talay, Thalang.

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.

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.

Now for the update:

The Phuket Provincial Police Commander Major General Sermphan Sirikong told the Phuket Express on Saturday (June 10th) that an arrest warrant was issued by the Phuket Provincial Court on Thursday (June 8th) for the Kazakhstani suspect, Mr. Artur Legay, 49.

Mr. Legay is facing charges with intent to murder and illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition. However he has denied all charges and told police that he knows nothing at all and has been described as uncooperative with any questioning.

The Phuket Express noted, a legal charge for ‘Opening fire in public without a reason’ was not mentioned as a current charge applied to Mr. Legay.

On Friday night (June 9th) the hand gun that Mr. Legay allegedly used to shoot the Russian man, Mr. ALEYNIKOV DMITRY, 44, was found in a pond which is about one kilometer from the scene.

Legay is not expected to be granted bail as he is considered to be a flight risk and will remain in Thai custody awaiting trial.

Mr. Dmitry is recovering from his bullet wounds in a local Phuket hospital and is said to be conscious, cognizant, and in upbeat spirits. He has not, however, yet officially conducted an interview with law enforcement about the incident due to his still recovering health.


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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.