MMA NEWS – Junie Browning Turns Himself In To Thai Authorities: Police Seeking Mediation Not Jail
We have all been following the saga surrounding former UFC fighter, Junie Browning and his legal issues in Thailand.
Last night I received an email from an anonymous person claiming that he had rescued Junie from Phuket with his team but was getting ready to take him back to turn himself into police.
Before I even had a chance to investigate the claim, the following report came out in a Thai media outlet:
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 wife Louna and a lawyer 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.”
None of the people involved in the brawl were held by police tonight.
However, the first attempt to mediate a settlement failed when the respective parties declined to sit down to talk.
The dispute between Browning and the others who were injured in the brawl leaves police with differing accounts of the rights and wrongs of the events.
Several other people, including the owner of the Native bar, who was there tonight with her Australian husband, have already lodged their accounts with police.
If both sides continue to claim they were wronged, the process could be extended.
Rather than pick and choose who is telling the truth, officers are likely to continue to try to conduct a mediation session aimed at finding a compromise.
It could be that Browning may be asked to pay for the hospital treatment of the others involved, and damage at the bar.
Browning in turn may seek compensation for his injuries.
A quick settlement would allow all the people involved to resume their normal lives without concern about charges and a criminal case being brought.