Man Arrested after Stabbing Bartender to Death in Phuket

Phuket – In a tragic incident near Phuket Old Town, a man has been arrested after fatally stabbing a bartender in front of a bar. The Phuket City Police received notification of the incident at 4:30 A.M. on Thursday morning (March 28th). The altercation occurred at an unidentified bar and restaurant located on the Takua Pa Road in the Talad Nuea sub-district near Phuket Old Town.

The victim, Mr. Manoch Kamkaew, aged 31, sustained severe injuries from three stab wounds. Despite being rushed to a nearby hospital, Manoch was tragically pronounced dead.

On the same day, Region 8 Police apprehended the prime suspect, Mr. Apisit Eiamaksorn, whose age was not disclosed, in Trang. During the arrest, authorities seized a knife that Mr. Apisit had allegedly hidden in his unidentified friend’s apartment.

According to reports, Mr. Apisit was riding a motorbike when a group of restaurant staff signaled for him to stop. He engaged in conversation with an unidentified man who happened to be his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend. Mr. Manoch, a staff member at the restaurant, intervened to prevent an argument. Allegedly, Mr. Manoch then struck Mr. Apisit’s head with a bottle. In what he claims was self-defense, Mr. Apisit then used a knife, unintentionally, according to Apisit, resulting in the fatal outcome.

The Phuket City Police have charged Mr. Apisit with bodily assault causing death and carrying a knife in public without a proper reason. Apisit has admitted to the act of stabbing Manoch but continues to profess that it was in self-defense, which will likely see the matter decided by a judge in a Thai court. CCTV will also be reviewed.

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.