Norwegian Allegedly Assaults 'Annoying Friend'

Arne Garden, 57, gave his testimony to the police at his apartment room in Chonburi province, 19 December 2014.

CHONBURI – A Norwegian in Chonburi province has been charged with assault for allegedly slashing a knife at his friend who was being "annoying."

Police officers arrived at Park Lane Jomtien Resort in Banglamung district at around 2. 30 am this morning after security guards at the condominium alerted police of a fight taking place.

Upon arriving at the scene, police found a blood-soaked foreign man waiting for help. Rescue workers applied first aid to the man, who had a knife wound on his head, and sent him to hospital. 

Police officers then visited the room of Arne Garden, 57, whom security guards identified as the attacker. Garden was making coffee when the police arrived and politely invited them into his room. 

Police say Garden's nationality is Norwegian.

Speaking to police between sips of coffee, Garden said he has been friends with the victim for several years. He said the victim showed up at his door earlier tonight and drunkenly asked him to accompany to an ATM to check his money balance.

After Garden and the victim finished checking the balance, the man reportedly asked the Norwegian to visit the ATM with him again.

"The victim kept annoying Garden in front of his door, so Garden seized a kitchen knife, opened the door, and lunged at the man," said Pol.Cpt. Wisanu Chaisuwan. 

Garden has been charged with physical assault. 

 

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