Kiwi claims attack by sword-wielding men

Last updated 00:14 20/12/2012

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An ex-pat New Zealand yachtsman says he was attacked and robbed by a samurai sword-wielding motorcycle gang in Phuket earlier this month.

Neil Petford, 59, was riding his motorcycle home at 1am from a late-night party at Kata Beach Resort when he crashed after being followed by a gang of up to four men on motorbikes, the Phuket News reported.

As he rode down a steep stretch road, two men twirling "samurai swords" stepped out from either side.

"Big shiny swords - I saw 'em in my headlights," he told the Phuket News.

Petford accelerated past the men and thought he was out of danger, when he was hit from behind and lost consciousness, though he was wearing a helmet.

When he awoke, the right side of his body was significantly injured, with his elbow bone exposed, his ribs bruised, and knee badly injured, the Phuket News said.

He was also missing his wallet, with his credit cards and 5000 Thai Baht (NZ$200), and the keys to his motorbike.

Petford said he had been at the final party for the Phuket King's Cup Regatta before the incident happened.

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