Malaysian royalty guard attacked
- Published: 30/05/2013 at 09:32 AM
- Online news:
A security guard for the crown prince of Malaysia's Kedah state was attacked in his five-star hotel room in the Patong tourist area of Phuket, police have confirmed.
Kathu district police responded early on Wednesday to reports that a tourist was attacked by four men in a room of the Millennium Resort Patong Hotel. The man, later identified as a royal security guard, was rushed to hospital with two wounds on his head and bruises on his body.
He told police that the attackers waited inside his room and assaulted him when he entered, hitting him on the head with hard objects. They had prepared electric wire to tie him up, but he fought back and managed to run from the room to get help, at which point the attackers also fled, according to a report in Daily News.
Police inspected the victim's hotel room and found electric wire and blood. They questioned hotel staff about how outsiders were able to enter the Malaysian man's room, and whether they might have obtained a keycard.
A review of the hotel's CCTV showed four suspects as they entered the front lobby, and walked to the elevator. The security camera showed clear pictures of all suspects, who police believe included three Malaysian men and one Thai. Police also reviewed security cameras in other locations which confirmed the description of the attackers.
On his personal visit to Phuket, the crown prince of Kedah and his party reserved more than 10 rooms at the hotel. Thai police were informed of the visit, and provided a motorcade for his transportation.
After the incident, the group moved to another hotel.
Police suspect an internal conflict as the main motive for the attack. They said Thursday they are trying to trace the suspects, who are still at large.
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