And thankfully it came to an end without Junie being left for dead in some random ditch in Thailand. Rather than continue to run, Browning opted to just turn himself into Phucket police. Phucket Wan has the story.
Junie Allen Browning visited a police station on Phuket late today in the latest twist to the American fugitive fighter’s battle to tell his side of a brawl that started in a bar and continued at a local hospital.
Browning’s surprise appearance with his girlfriend Laura came at the Chalong Police Station in southern Phuket.
At the police station at the same time were others who participated in a now-notorious Phuket brawl.
The wounds inflicted in Browning’s fight with tourists and staff 10 days ago at a bar on Phuket and in Patong Hospital, where the injured were all taken, were real. However, the varying accounts of what actually took place and who was the aggressor leave the facts yet to be decided.
It is believed Browning opted to go to police after he or perhaps his family and friends read an article in Phuketwan in which American Denny Bowman, a Phuket resident and a warden with the US Embassy, suggested that Browning ”surrender.”
According to the report, the police are hoping to the two sides can come to some kind of settlement since their versions of the story are wildly different, however it doesn’t sound like Browning or the bar owner, Simon Menzies, are at all interested in a compromise.
Both men visited a Phuket police station yesterday, still walking wounded from their encounter at the Native Bar in Phuket’s beachside Karon district, a violent encounter that continued later at a local hospital.
Mr Menzies yesterday showed Phuketwan the back brace he is wearing, and the 18 stitches in one hand, along with a leg wound that is home to five stitches.
The tall Aussie went to Chalong Police Station with his Thai wife, Sukanya Sisomboon, 25, who had eight stitches in a finger.
Mr Menzies told police he did not wish to mediate a solution. The biggest point of difference in the two accounts of how the birthday party went wrong centres on which man threw the first punch.
Given Junie’s history of bad behavior, most people would probably find it difficult to take him at his word, however when you put him next to this Simon Menzies person, Junie ends up looking like a saint. Check out this story on Menzies from earlier this year.
A MAN on a flight to Darwin threatened to “smash” the captain and blow the plane up after cabin crew refused to serve him more booze.
Sydney man Simon Wilson Menzies, 31, was drunk and angry when he told the female cabin crew manager on a flight this week that he could”bring the plane down if he wanted.”
Menzies said: “I’m half muslim, half Aboriginal and everyone else is a white a*******. I could f******blow up the plane.”
He then began to sing a song about the plane crashing and everyone dying.
“Send the captain I will f****** smash him I’m the biggest guy on the plane,” he said.
Later, in the galley, Menzies confronted the captain, who feared that the drunk man was going to assault him.
When a female passenger approached the pair and told Menzies that he was causing her friend to have a panic attack he said: “I don’t give a f*** about your friend.”
Menzies eventually returned to his seat and when the plane landed in Darwin he was arrested by police and held in custody overnight.
Dude, talk about anger management issues. Junie had his fair share of problems during TUF 8 which culminated in Junie throwing a glass at someone, but that pales in comparison to threatening to blow up a freaking plane. I mean that’s right up there with wife-beating and killing puppies on the list of shit you don’t do, especially in the post-911 era.
It’s unclear what will happen next, but it sounds like the police are going to continue to work towards some type of mediation. In the meantime, Browning intends to get further medical attention. He says he won’t be able to resume training for another six months.
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