UPDATE: Swiss Expat Accused of Allegedly Kicking Thai Doctor Having his Visa Reviewed by Thai Immigration

Phuket –

A legal long-term visa permit for staying in Thailand is to be requested to be revoked for the Swiss expat who allegedly kicked a Thai doctor in a viral incident last month that has dominated Thai media headlines.

Our previous stories:

A doctor was allegedly kicked and verbally assaulted by a foreign man and his Thai wife near a villa at a beach in Pa Klok.

A video of the incident can be seen here. It contains harsh language that could offend sensitive viewers.

A Swiss expat and his Thai wife have apologized to a Thai doctor and the Thai people for a viral kicking incident but the Swiss man still insists he slipped and the kick wasn’t on purpose.

A Swiss Expat has been charged with bodily and mind harm after he allegedly kicked a female doctor near his rented villa in Thalang.

Photos depict a viral land encroachment issue on a Phuket Beach where people are seen sitting on steps that have become a focal point of controversy.

Over 500 local residents gathered at Ya Mu Beach in Phuket to demonstrate against a Swiss national, Mr. David, who allegedly kicked a female doctor.

Phuket officials have ordered the majority of the stairs involved in the incident to be removed as they state they illegally encroached on the beach.

A villa owner at Yamu Beach in Paklok is going to face legal action after part of the villa encroached on the public area.

Stairs at the villa that had encroached to the Yamu Beach where a Thai doctor was allegedly kicked by a Swiss expat in a viral incident were demolished.

Deputy Prime Minister Anutin Charnvirakul Addresses Alleged Foreign Mafia in Phuket, Vows to Take Serious Action.

Now for the update:

Lieutenant Colonel Sarupong Thanomjit, the Region 8 Commander, has disclosed that Mr. David faced a previous incident in December of last year, 2023, related to a road altercation. A viral video captured him appearing to refuse to yield to an ambulance on a road in Phuket and even appearing to gesture rudely with his middle finger.

Subsequently, the ambulance driver lodged a complaint with the police and shared the video on social media. In response, Mr. David also filed a legal report against the driver, alleging that false information had been disseminated online, tarnishing his reputation and causing defamation.

Lieutenant Colonel Sarupong emphasized that Mr. David’s behavior suggests he may have threatened others, posing a risk to both peace and public safety. Mr. David has denied both the kicking incident, saying he slipped, and the alleged ambulance incident, saying it was false information and not the whole story and planned to defend the issues in court.

Currently, the Phuket Provincial Police are gathering evidence to submit a formal request to the Phuket Immigration. This request seeks the revocation of Mr. David’s permit to stay in Thailand. It is unclear exactly what visa Mr. David is on, notes The Phuket Express, with officials previously saying only that it is a long-term visa. As Mr. David owns a business, operates a non-profit elephant sanctuary, and there are several options available.

Mr. David, meanwhile, has reportedly sought the assistance of his lawyer and legal aid to attempt to challenge the charges. He has apologized for the alleged kicking incident but the apology did not go over well with many Thais, who claimed it wasn’t sincere and that he still refused to admit he kicked her, standing by claims he slipped.

In other news,

The Phuket governor has confirmed, according to him, that there is no foreign mafia in Phuket.

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.