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Swiss man in Phuket loses visa

Swiss man in Phuket loses visa

Urs Fehr, right, and his wife Khanuengnit at the Phuket provincial hall to tell their side of the story last Friday. (Photo: Achadthaya Chuenniran)

The Immigration Bureau has revoked the visa of the Swiss man who allegedly kicked a Thai woman on a beach near his villa in Phuket, calling him a threat to society.

Immigration officials revoked the visa of Urs Fehr, also known as David, based on proposals from the provincial hall and the immigration office of Phuket.

The behaviour of Mr Fehr was deemed a threat to social peace.

Phuket immigration police would detain him but he may seek a temporary release to defend himself in the assault case, said a spokesman.

Mr Fehr, a 45-year-old managing director of Elephant Sanctuary Park Co, allegedly kicked the back of Dr Thandao Chandam, a 26-year-old doctor at Dibuk Hospital, while she was sitting on steps to the Yamu beach with her friend near his villa on Feb 24.

It was reported that Mr Fehr and his Thai wife thought that the pair were intruding into his property. However, officials later confirmed that the steps to the beach were illegally built on public land.

Following the incident, Mr Fehr and his wife apologised. The Swiss said he did not kick the doctor but he slipped while approaching her.

Mr Fehr would also face another charge in connection with his past driving behaviour against an ambulance, police said.

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