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Pattaya bar fight: Key witness says Australian man beaten to death over “misunderstanding”

 

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A key witness to a brutal bar fight in Pattaya has told police that the Australian victim died because of a misunderstanding.

 

Benjamin Robb suffered horrific injuries to his head and face, which proved fatal, after being brutally beaten by American Jose Manuel Polanco Jr, 43, during the attack which took place last Friday, Feb 9th at the Ruby Club on Pattaya Soi 6.

 

It had been reported earlier that Mr Robb had been the aggressor in the lead up to the incident.

 

It had been claimed that Mr Robb, who died in Pattaya Memorial Hospital hours after the attack, picked up a waitress by her neck until her feet were off the ground and her face had turned blue.

 

Jose Polanco is then said to have intervened by throwing Mr Robb across the bar, before beating and stamping on his head at least 10 times.

 

On Tuesday, police questioned all the staff who were working at the Ruby Club when the incident took place.

 

A person familiar with the investigation who spoke to Thaivisa on the condition of anonymity has revealed that a witness has told police that Mr Robb was only “joking around” when he grabbed the waitress, Rung-Arun Sangsuwan, by her neck.

 

Ms Sangsuwan said that while it may have looked violent, her and Mr Robb were in fact “just joking” and that at no time did she feel threatened by the Australian.

 

Ms Sangsuwan said that others in the bar “misunderstood” the situation and thought that Mr Robb was being aggressive towards her.

 

It was this misunderstanding that caused Polanco to intervene and attack Mr Robb.

 

Thaivisa also understands that police, who were at the Ruby Club within minutes of the attack taking place, have an overwhelming amount of evidence in the form of CCTV footage which forms a key part of their investigation.

 

Polanco, who handed himself in after the attack, told police he acted in self defence. He remains in jail.

 

On Tuesday it was revealed the American had murdered before.

 

Meanwhile, images have emerged which show the moments after Mr Robb was attacked.

 

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The grainy images supplied to Thaivisa on Wednesday show the victim being tended to by medics as concerned bar staff and customers look on.

 
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53 minutes ago, darksidedog said:

It just goes to show you should never poke your nose in to something, unless you are 100% sure of what is actually happening. It was bad enough already, without it turning out to be a misunderstanding that kicked it all off.

We do not know what was said between the two of them and will probably never know, add alcohol and stupidity and then this is the result. If both men were drunk, which is what is alleged, then there are mitigating circumstances already.

Just as a side note, how many people/members watch MMA here? What do they do in MMA, they punch, they knee, they elbow their opponent when their opponent is on the ground. This fellow obviously wanted to hand out a hiding and it went too far.

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14 minutes ago, rkidlad said:

MMA fighters are consenting adults with a referee in the ring. They can tap out or submit at anytime they want. 

But Sid Bream had a point I think. When I first read the story I did wonder if the killer had an MMA / cage fighting background or had at least trained. When cage fighters get into street fights they are known to keep going until their opponent is completely unconscious, and maybe even carry on some more.

 

A mate of mine told me he felt sick after seeing a fight in a club back home in Essex when the victor just kept driving his fists into the face of the loser even though he was clearly out cold. It turned out that was a cage fighter.

 

 

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Did anyone get to the bottom of the Weds Starbuck incident when the american had another misunderstanding?

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3 hours ago, Thaiwrath said:

He 'misunderstands' and dishes out very severe, and fatal, punishment to the victim.

Let's hope the judge 'misunderstands' when passing sentence, and also dishes out very severe punishment.

 

 

Has the arrested suspect spoken out yet about the events in the bar on the day of Mr. Robb's death?

 

 

 

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37 minutes ago, scubascuba3 said:

Did anyone get to the bottom of the Weds Starbuck incident when the american had another misunderstanding?

Was it confirmed as being the same guy? 

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2 hours ago, KhunBENQ said:

Which person with a brain would intervene unasked in a supposed "attack" to a working girl in a bar?

Isn't it crystal clear that bar staff/bouncers would be there in an instant to take care?

 

I hope this killer will never walk free again.

Be it in prison, closed psychiatric clinic or wherever.

A danger to the public.

So your girlfriend was being choked or a girl is being choked and you don't ask what's going on? OK......

What "bouncers"?

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