Skal International Thailand send condolence to Australia
Sunday, 24. June 2012, 14:53
Andrew J. Wood, President of Skal International Thailand, sent a message of condolence to Yvonne Mancell, Acting Secretary General for Skal Perth Australia, regarding the death of Perth travel agent, Michelle Smith, while she was on a travel agent’s tour of Phuket in Thailand.
Michelle was walking back after dinner to the resort she
was staying at, when she was stabbed in the heart at 10:30 pm by a pair of
bag-snatching motorcycle riders who sped off empty handed, leaving her to die
in the street, reported Phuket Wan.
In a related incident, a British tourist said he had been
in Phuket on the same night as Michelle Smith. The man, who gave his name as
Mohamad Zubair Edwa, 37, but is also believed to use the name Edward Wright,
told his story from Phuket International Hospital, saying three men on a
motorbike confronted him, and one stabbed him in the side.
Andrew J. Wood wrote to Skal Perth Australia: “The tragic
events in Phuket recently has sent shockwaves throughout the tourism industry
here in Thailand and overseas. Our heartfelt condolences go out to Michelle
Smith's family and friends in Australia. Words can never fully express our
sorrow and shock following the violent attack on Michelle and her industry
“The Thai government announced yesterday that it is an
urgent priority for the police to investigate this murder and to find those
responsible quickly. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Michelle's loved ones,
and it is our sincere belief that the authorities will apprehend the two
suspects very soon.”
Sombut Atiset, who owns the popular five-star Katathani
Beach Resort, told a media conference that Phuket's undermanned police force
needed all the help they could muster.
"We must catch these men. I am prepared to pay for
witnesses to fly back from Australia to Phuket if it will help to convict these
evil killers," he said.
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