Twist in violent dying of Aussie father at his Thai restaurant as his tragic connection to the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami is revealed
- Perth father Peter Heppell was killed in Thailand
- The 57-year-old was celebrating his birthday at his bar
- He was allegedly stabbed by the partner of a former employee
An Australian man allegedly stabbed at his restaurant in Thailand by a disgruntled former worker’s husband had a tragic connection to the 2004 tsunami that devastated giant elements of south-east Asia.
Peter Heppell was celebrating his 57th birthday at Melina’s Monkey Home and Whale Bar in Krabi, east of Phuket, on Tuesday when the alleged assault occurred.
The Perth dad owned the bar and named it in honour of his six-month-old daughter Melina, who was swept from his arms through the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami.
It is believed the husband of a former worker confronted Mr Heppell over a pay dispute and allegedly attacked him with a knife, in response to 9News.
Pals and family members flooded social media with emotional tributes to their ‘bigger than life’ buddy after his stunning dying.
Peter Heppell (pictured) was killed whereas celebrating his 57th birthday on the bar he owned in Thailand after the partner of a former worker allegedly attacked him with a knife
Mr Heppell was attacked at his bar Melina’s Monkey Home and Whale Bar in Krabi, east of Phuket, (pictured) which was named in honour of his six-month-old daughter who was swept from his arms through the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami
His sister Karen mentioned the household had been ‘devastated’ to share the information that his life had been ‘taken abruptly and violently’.
‘Peter shall be remembered as a bigger than life character, who walked to the beat of his personal drum and lived life to the fullest,’ she wrote.
‘He survived motor bike accidents and miraculously the Boxing Day tsunami. Peter beloved his daughter Aly, the ocean, beer, footy and Thailand.
‘The household is so grateful that we had been in a position to spend time with him lately. Now reunited with child Melina. Our hearts are breaking.’
Mr Heppell’s buddy Jeff Rowe mentioned: ‘Misplaced a mate and a brother at the moment. What is that this world coming to.’
North Seaside Soccer Membership – with whom he received a premiership in 1990 – shared a tribute to the person they mentioned was a ‘character on and off the sector’.
‘(We’re) saddened to be taught concerning the passing of Peter Heppell,’ the put up learn.
‘Condolences to his household and mates. Relaxation in Peace.’
Pals and family members flooded social media with emotional tributes to their ‘bigger than life’ buddy after his stunning dying (Peter Heppell pictured on the left)
Peter Heppell (left) was nicknamed ‘the whale’ and described as a ‘character on and off the sector’ by North Seaside Soccer Membership, with whom he received a premiership in 1990
‘I keep in mind Peter as an electrifying wingman who all the time had a smile on his face or was laughing,’ one particular person added within the feedback.
‘Bloody good bloke,’ one other mentioned. ‘Absolute legend teammate and lifelong mate.’
Australian Guidelines Soccer Membership the Thailand Tigers shared a touching tribute to Heppell, who they dubbed ‘the Whale’.
‘The Thailand Tigers are deeply saddened by the tragic passing of Peter ‘Whale’ Heppell. Our ideas are along with his daughter Aly, his household and all his mates,’ the membership wrote.
‘All of us have such great recollections of Whale. As one of many authentic Tigers, he has been a terrific buddy to Tigers previous and new. His love for the Tigers was second solely to that of his household.
‘Relaxation in peace Whale! The Tigers are poorer on your loss.’
A 24-year-old Thai man is in police custody over the stabbing of Peter Heppell (proper)
Neighbour’s of the Melina’s Monkey Home and Whale Bar paid tribute to Heppell by sharing a ‘quiet beer’ on Wednesday in remembrance of their buddy.
‘For the various of you who knew Peter from Huge Monkey subsequent door to us we shall be having a quiet beer in remembrance tonight at Jelly Nuts 2,’ the put up learn.
‘RIP Peter Heppell. stunning information.’
A 24-year-old Thai man is in police custody.