Australian Hells Angels pay off assault victims after Thai bingle bashing

Two Australian members of the Hells Angels will still face criminal charges, despite handing over compensation to the men they assaulted in Thailand.

Key points:

  • Security footage shows three Australian men bashing a young Thai man
  • The Australians, two of whom are Hells Angels members, handed over money to the victims
  • Details of how the fight began are disputed, though it is believed the men hit a parked motorcycle with their car

 

Pattaya police said Daniel Anthony Stalley, 34 and John Lee, 43, handed themselves in at the weekend.

Security camera footage from 17 September shows three Australian men punching and kicking a young Thai man on the ground.

The graphic video shows one of the bikies holding the Thai man's head so the other attacker can kick him in the face.

The Thai man's brother was also injured in the attack. Both are in their mid-20s.

At the Pattaya police station, the Australians handed over $5,670 (150,000 Baht) to the victims and $190 to a Thai man who reportedly took photos of the Australians before the incident.

Pattaya police chief Colonel Apichai Krobphet said he expects to file criminal charges once investigators receive medical reports about the extent of the injuries inflicted.

On Sunday police interviewed the third Australian man seen in the CCTV footage, identified as James Anderson, 40.

All three Australian men have been released on bail.

Different versions of events emerge

What sparked the frenzied beating is disputed.

Pattaya police chief Colonel Apichai told the ABC the altercation began when a Thai man started taking photos of the Australians, who were driving erratically.

The Australians chased him in their car, knocked into a parked motorcycle, then drove away.

The Thai brothers gave chase to protest and were subsequently assaulted, said police.

 

However, a story on local online news site Pattaya One reported a different version of events.

The anonymous story said the Hells Angels members were warned not to park their pick-up truck outside a bar.

"They ignored this warning and were then set upon by a group of around ten Thai men who were wielding bats, golf clubs and machetes," said the Pattaya One website.

"In an attempt to escape they clipped a parked motorbike inciting others to join the attack."

"The Aussies got out to inspect the damage to their truck and were set upon again [but] that time they retaliated and this is what is caught on the now infamous clip," said Pattaya One.

The site also posted photographs of a damaged vehicle, reportedly belonging to the Australian bikies.

Pattaya is well-known haven for criminals, drug dealers and sex workers.

There have been several serious assaults against foreign tourists there recently, including a street brawl during which a British man and his elderly parents were knocked unconscious and repeatedly kicked.

Thailand is the fifth most popular holiday destination for Australians and tourism accounts for about 10 per cent of Thailand's GDP.

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