Gymgoer smashed in face with DUMBBELL by fellow Brit in row over bench press at Thai gym – World News

Gary Reed, 46, from Hastings, said the man could have killed him after cracking him in the face with a 1kg metal dumbbell bar at Coco Fitness gym in Thailand.

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Thailand: Gym goer is attacked by man with dumbbell

This is the shocking moment a gymgoer was brutally attacked with a dumbbell after refusing to give up the bench press.

Gary Reed, 46, what working out when an angry fitness fanatic stormed over to claim he had been waiting to use the piece of equipment at the gym in Pattaya, Thailand.

The Brit ex-pat, from Hastings, East Sussex, told the fellow Englishman that he wanted to finish his set and refused to give up the bench press, pointing to others available nearby.

Gary said the other man appeared to have accepted the situation but moments later he returned with the 7in long 1kg metal dumbbell bar and cracked him in the face.

CCTV footage shows how Gary was lying on the bench before the stranger smashed him in the head with the metal bar part of the weights.







Brit Gary Reed, 46, was brutally attacked with a dumbbell at a gym in Pattaya, Thailand
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Shaken Gary staggered to his feet and then confronted the attacker as they began wrestling in front of the security cameras.

Speaking today from the hospital, Gary said he needed 60 stitches following the alleged assault on Tuesday.

He also suffered a fractured right eye socket, bleeding on his retina and needs a CT scan to check for brain damage.







Gary was working out when a stranger stormed over
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“There was no queue for using the equipment so I just laid myself down on the bench to start lifting weights like I normally do,” he said.

“You can see in the video, my weights were at the side of the bench the whole time, which basically means I’m still using it,” he added.

“Then this guy just walked over and said he wanted to use the bench press.







The man then hit him with a 1kg dumbbell
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“I was like ‘mate just let me finish, I’ll be done in two minutes’, but he wasn’t having it. There were others available to use, so I think he was looking for a fight.

“I carried on working out then he just came at me from behind like a coward and proper smashed me in the head.

“As far as I’m concerned, he could have killed me.







Gary had told the man that he wanted to finish his set
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“If you hit someone in the head with a hammer, it’s like attempted murder.

“This was a piece of metal as big and almost as heavy as a hammer. I’m lucky it didn’t knock me out.”

Gary said that the fellow Brit lunged back at him while allegedly trying to continue the attack at the the Coco Fitness gym.

After being hit in the face, Gary jumped off the bench press and took cover while the foreigner continuously struck him.







The Brit had to have 60 stitches around his right eye
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The altercation lasted almost a minute before Gary was able to lock him in a bear hug. The attacked then fled on foot.

Gary has already paid 25,000 Baht, or £579, in medical fees which could rise if he needs surgery and more treatment.

He added: “This guy was still trying to hit me but I was strong enough to overpower him then he legged it.







The horrific scene was captured on CCTV
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“I’ve been left with a big hospital bill, so he needs to pay for that. I want the police to catch him so he can’t do this to anyone else.”

The Brit went to the police to file a complaint and was sent to a hospital where he had 60 stitches around his right eye to receive a medical certificate.

Police confirmed they are now searching for the suspect.







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Lieutenant Khunthum Khantiwong said: “We already have the identity of the attacker from the gym’s membership log and encourage him to cooperate so he can explain his side as well.

“If he doesn’t hand himself in we will find him and he will be questioned about the attack on the CCTV video.”

The attacker’s gym membership has now been terminated following the incident.







Gary has been left with a large hospital bill
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The police station refused to provide the man’s identity while investigations are ongoing.

Pattaya is a city on the east coast of Thailand best know for its round-the-clock nightlife and bustling sex industry that has lead to it being called a modern day Sodom and Gomorrah or Sin City.

It attracts millions of tourists each year as well as Brits looking to retire there.

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