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A retired British expat who suffered a horrific road accident in Thailand has spoken to Thaivisa about his retirement village in the north east of Thailand where he feels like a prisoner in his own home.
Colin, 70, has lived in Thailand for the last seven years. At first things were fine in his village near Ban Phai south of Khon Kaen.
The first three years were idyllic then the scourge of drugs transformed everything. And lack of police action or anything decisive from local officials has left the paraplegic in a desperate situation.
Now to make matters much worse there was a murder of a disabled Thai man just four doors away from his own house. Thai TV Channel 7 were on the scene as a local man who had been asked by the victim’s mother to look after her son was paraded for a reenactment of the crime.
The victim was beaten with a bottle and a lump of concrete over a petty argument about some Mama noodles.
Colin said that the murderer is part of a drug family that is terrorising his once quiet village.
“This disabled man had a mobility scooter as he had polio as a child. He would wave to me and say “hello” in English most days,” said Colin. “Now he is dead”.
This happened just a few days ago and in a latest worrying twist a dog and a pig has been poisoned at his sister-in-law’s house just 100 meters away where Colin’s wife – a school director aged 49 – was born.
“I fear for my own safety,” Colin told Thaivisa on Tuesday morning. “If someone came at me I would find it almost impossible to defend myself.
“This used to be a lovely quiet village,” he said. “I am the only farang in a ten kilometer radius to my knowledge.
Colin came more than 50 times to Thailand over a 21 year period but eventually decided to settle in the village seven years ago. He said that all was fine for the first three years then the scourge of drugs took over.