More details have emerged about the death of a Melbourne man in a Thai bar.
An American national has surrendered to police after Benjamin Robb, from Newport in Victoria died following a brawl on Friday.
Thai media reports say the fight between Robb and Jose Manuel Polanco Jr, 43, began Polcano intervened on behalf of a waitress.
Pattaya police captain Sombat Kaewpoonmuk said Polaco was upset with how Robb was treating the bar staff.
“[Mr Robb] was teasing one of the servers by squeezing her neck, pulling her up so her feet left the ground,” Captain Kaewpoonmuk told Newscorp.
A Bangkok Post report said Mr Robb’s actions caused the woman’s face to “turn blue”.
When Robb refused requests to stop a brawl erupted. Friends of the victim told news.com.au there was only one attacker and Robb was the victim of a “coward punch”.
Thai paramedics and police were quickly on the scene and Robb was taken to the nearby Pattaya Memorial Hospital. But despite treatment he died in the early hours of Saturday from his injuries including internal bleeding.
Eyewitnesses said both men had been drinking heavily in the afternoon and appeared intoxicated when the fighting broke out.
The Ruby Club, in a statement, said the altercation had been brief and had left the Australian unconscious. The American, the statement said, was expected to be held in jail for at least 10 days before an initial court appearance.
Thai police said they would be carrying out a thorough investigation.
Eyewitnesses said some bars in Pattaya are popular among those involved in weight lifting and martial arts sports in Thailand.
The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is offering support to the Robb family.