Thai man in coma after foreign owners of Porsches he admired brutally attacked him

A 47-year-old Thai man is in critical condition after two French men attacked him in an unprovoked attack that was caught on camera.

Somkuan Songkhot picked up his wife Lakhana Salao from her cleaning job at the Central Mall in Koh Samui, Surat Thani province on October 15 and was there driving home on their motorcycle when they were passed by a white Porsche with Bangkok plates. According to Lakhana, Somkuan had said, “This car is so beautiful, when are we going to get a car like this?” They reportedly followed the Porsche to enjoy it a little longer before driving by.

The Porsche then allegedly started to run into the couple’s motorcycle and honked their horns until they pulled to the curb in front of a grilled pork stand. The driver of the car parked the Porsche across the street, blocking traffic. Lakhana said Somkuan saw that the two passengers were foreigners and thought they might be lost, so he approached them and asked in English if they needed help.

At that moment, a man in a black shirt exited the passenger side of the Porsche and attacked Somkuan. In cellphone video captured of the incident, the man can be seen kicking Somkuan and punching him in the face, causing him to fall and bang his head hard against the pavement, rendering him unconscious. It’s unclear if the driver, who is shirtless in the video, also attacked Somkuan.

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Police arrested the 28-year-old and 34-year-old Frenchman, who confessed to assaulting Somkuan, and charged him with assaulting another person, causing serious injuries. Her vehicle was also confiscated by the police.

Somkuan was taken to Koh Samui Hospital where he reportedly underwent emergency brain surgery to treat a brain hemorrhage and is still in critical condition.

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