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A Norwegian man has recalled the moment he was allegedly stabbed twice in the back during a frenzied attack in Hua Hin.
Oeyvind Rossbach, 36, told Thaivisa.com how he was set upon by an Egyptian man (name withheld), after getting involved in an argument with the man and his Swedish friend whilst drinking at the Blue Monkey bar on Soi Poolsuk, in the Bintabath area of the town during the early hours of Saturday morning (Jan 16).
As the heated argument escalated, Mr Rossbach decided to leave the bar only for the Egyptian man to follow him out into the adjacent soi.
The argument continued and as Mr Rossbach tried to walk away he was stabbed twice in the back. The second stabbing nearly proved to be fatal.
“The second stabbing hit and punctured my left lung. Doctors told me that if the wound had been two centimetres higher, it would have punctured my heart.
“I lost a lot of blood and the last thing I remember is some of my friends trying to keep me awake as I was losing consciousness.”
Thanks to the quick actions of his friends and with the help of a local tuk tuk driver, Mr Rossbach was rushed to San Paulo hospital where doctors told him he was lucky to be alive.
Mr Rossback, who has lived in Hua Hin for more than five years, remains in hospital.
Meanwhile, his 21 year old attacker, who is believed to also reside in Kuwait, was arrested at Suvarnabhumi airport at 5am on Sunday morning with his Thai girlfriend (Jan 17).
The Egyptian man was transferred to Hua Hin police station where he was formally charged with assault.
He remained in police custody until Tuesday before being released after meeting the 200,000 Baht bail.
Mr Rossbach said the assault charge has now been upgraded to attempted murder after his lawyer lobbied police investigating the incident, although this is unconfirmed by Thaivisa.
Mr Rossbach is also receiving assistance from the Norwegian Embassy in Bangkok, as well as from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Norway.