A taxi driver with a history of complaints against tourists has been arrested and charged after he attacked an Australian man at Suvarnabhumi Airport last night.
According to Thai news reports the tourist, named as 43-year-old John Schofield, arrived at the airport returning home to Australia to attend his grandmothers funeral when he realised he’d left some belongings behind in the taxi that dropped him off.
When he went in search of the cab he opened the door of another taxi mistaking it for the one he’d used earlier and in doing so upset the driver. One word borrowed another and Mr Schofield slapped the hood of the car in anger which sent the taxi driver over the edge.
The cabbie, Mr Kampha, 32, admitted to officers from the Tourist Police Division based at the airport he “slapped” the tourist for repeatedly hitting his vehicle saying he fell to the ground splitting his head open.
Medical staff at the airport administered first aid at the scene and the Australian was sent to hospital for further treatment after giving his statement.
Police said the driver will be charged and depending on his victims injuries further charges against him may be filed.
It was also revealed Kampha has a history of complaints against him by tourists including overcharging and careless driving which begs the question: why is he still working at the airport?
An Australian was assaulted by a taxi driver on Tuesday night at Suvarnabhumi airport after a "misunderstanding"- and as a result missed his flight and could not attend his grandmother's funeral in Australia. John...