Kiwi stabbed to death in Thailand - report
A New Zealand man has been stabbed to death in a bar fight in Pattaya, Thailand, according to a report.
English-language Thailand news website The Nation said police had charged Swedish man Andreas Ringvall, 40, with murdering Robert E Hollick, 43, from New Zealand.
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Hollick was stabbed three times at his neck and back. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.
Following the early morning attack, Ringvall and his Thai girlfriend, Dao Pholutsa, 26, were captured by local people and were handed over to police, the report said.
Mual Samat, 34, a taxi motorcyclist, told police Ringvall had a quarrel with Hollick after Dao played with Hollick's pet dog inside a bar, the Nation reported.
Samat said after Ringval sent his girlfriend back to his room, he returned to the bar and attacked Hollick with a knife.
Hollick was the owner of recruitment company Top Dog Personnel in Perth.
Staff member Vanessa Nunn said Hollick set up the company about seven years ago. It specialised in finding earthmoving workers for West Australia's mining and civil construction industries.
Hollick had been semi-retired and living in Pattaya for some time, she said.
She heard about Hollick's death from one of his friends in Thailand who phoned to say he had passed.
Entries on the Old Friends website said Hollick went to Upper Hutt College in the 1980s. He had no children and was never married.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade said it was aware of the report and the New Zealand embassy in Thailand was in contact with local authorities.
Another New Zealander, World Croquet President Charles Jones, was also stabbed to death in Pattaya a year ago.
Jones, 56, was one week into a six-week holiday in Thailand when he was found dead in his hotel room.
Thai police arrested and charged Mohamad Shanar Ryad, a former Syrian army commando, with his murder
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