A 52-year-old Kiwi is recovering in a Phuket hospital after he was stabbed in the back by a Thai man on Monday evening as he walked along the beach.
Police said they are now hunting the man suspected of stabbing Christopher Smith on Kata Beach following a verbal exchange between the two men.
Witnesses told officers that the suspect, 29 year-old Kittichai Julkaew, a native of Nakhon Sri Thammarat who rents out surfboards, approached the New Zealander from behind and stabbed him before fleeing the scene on his motorbike.
The Phuket News report the two men have had bad blood for sometime as Mr Smith’s wife also runs a surfboard rental business in the same area causing the pair to come to blows numerous times in the past.
Police said they are checking CCTV in a bid to track down Kittichai and are waiting to interview the Kiwi once he has recovered for his side of the story.
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