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Jan Valkenborg, a 64-year-old Belgian from Millen, has tragically died after sustaining severe injuries from an assault in Hua Hin, Thailand, in early April.

 

Valkenborg suffered a fractured skull with ten broken bones and remained in a coma until he passed away on Monday. His close friend, Danny Lemmens, was by his side during his final hours, reported Nieuwsblad.

 

Valkenborg was attacked while on holiday with his Thai girlfriend in the resort town of Hua Hin. On the night of the incident, he was smoking a cigarette on the pavement when a man struck him from behind, continuing to beat him even after he fell.

 

Later, video footage revealed the attacker to be a German national with a criminal record and ties to a local fight club. Astonishingly, the same assailant had also attacked a British man that night.

 

Lemmens, who met Valkenborg eight years ago through their mutual involvement with the Vlaams Belang political party, remembered him as a helpful individual with a wide circle of friends. “Jan was a man with a heart of gold; he didn’t deserve this,” Lemmens lamented.

 

After the attack, Valkenborg was initially treated at a hospital in Hua Hin. He was later transferred to Bangkok for further operations before being repatriated to Gasthuisberg hospital in Leuven, Belgium.

 

Despite the medical interventions, including a significant operation on his birthday, his condition worsened. His deteriorating state led to epileptic seizures, and doctors concluded he would never fully recover.

 

“The last 48 hours, I stayed with him non-stop; I couldn’t let him die alone,” Lemmens said tearfully.

 

The private funeral for Jan will take place on 22 June. Friends and family will have an opportunity to pay their respects on 21 June at Funerarium Theunissen in Zichen-Zussen-Bolder.

 

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Belgian man dies from injuries sustained in brutal and unprovoked attack in Hua Hin
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A Belgian man who was gravely injured in a brutal attack in Hua Hin in April has died from his injuries, it has been announced.

 

Hua Hin Today first reported on the incident, which saw then 63-year-old Jan Valkenborg from Riemst, Limburg province, attacked in an unprovoked assault.

 

Valkenborg was in Hua Hin when he was assaulted by a German national. The attacker, who had a criminal record and was a member of a fight club, also assaulted another person that same evening.

 

Hua Hin Today understands that Hua Hin Police did launch an initial investigation into the incident. However, the whereabouts and legal status of the attacker is not known.

 

Full story: HUA HIN TODAY 2024-06-21

 

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Belgian tourist dies after horrific attack by German in Hua Hin
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A 64 year old Belgian tourist tragically succumbed to severe injuries following a brutal assault in Hua Hin in early April. The attack left him with a fractured skull and 10 broken bones, leading to a coma from which he never awoke.

 

Jan Valkenborg was holidaying with his Thai girlfriend in the resort town when he was ambushed. He was smoking a cigarette on the pavement when a man struck him from behind, continuing the vicious assault even after he fell. The assailant, later identified as a German national with a criminal record and ties to a local fight club, also attacked a British man the same night.

 

Danny Lemmens, Valkenborg’s close friend, remained by his side until he passed away on Monday, June 17. Lemmens, who travelled to Thailand to assist with Valkenborg’s care, recounted the harrowing ordeal.


“It was a long day, waiting for 13 hours during his surgery, and the following days were sleepless ones as I stayed in his hotel room, surrounded by his belongings while he fought for his life in the hospital.”


Valkenborg underwent a gruelling 13-hour surgery to address multiple skull fractures. Although the operation was successful, doctors estimated a recovery period of three to eight months, with an uncertain prognosis.

 

Despite medical interventions, including a significant operation on his birthday, his condition worsened, leading to epileptic seizures. Doctors eventually concluded he would never fully recover.

 

The German attacker roamed the area for hours after the assault before being apprehended by police. Lemmens, who met Valkenborg through their mutual involvement with the Vlaams Belang political party, remembered him as a helpful individual with a wide circle of friends.

 

“Jan was a man with a heart of gold. He didn’t deserve this.”

 

Valkenborg was initially treated at a hospital in Hua Hin before being transferred to Bangkok for further operations and eventually repatriated to Gasthuisberg Hospital in Leuven, Belgium.

 

His private funeral will be held tomorrow, June 22, with an opportunity for friends and family to pay their respects today at Funerarium Theunissen in Zichen-Zussen-Bolder, reported Hua Hin Today and ASEAN NOW.

 

Full story: The Thaiger 2024-06-21

 

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2 hours ago, Pouatchee said:

 

well said stoner! you'll never get this troll to understand. he thinks alcohol is without fault and that tokers are despicable criminals

Not sure you understand what trolling is lol. He was obviously trolling, no one really thinks weed makes you aggressive, it doesn't need to be countered. Of course being stoned he may not have seen the obvious. 😆

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4 hours ago, webfact said:

Later, video footage revealed the attacker to be a German national with a criminal record and ties to a local fight club. Astonishingly, the same assailant had also attacked a British man that night.

Wtf. No excuses for that guy. He should be put down like a rabid dog.

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