Nephew of Australian filmmaker killed in Cambodia

IT has been revealed that the Australian holidaymaker killed in a nightclub fire in Cambodia, was the nephew of filmmaker James Ricketson.

Sydneysider Tom (pictured courtesy of Facebook) is believed to have died from smoke inhalation after the blaze broke out at Siem Reap’s Hip Hop nightclub early on Tuesday.

Local authorities say the 32-year-old arrived in Cambodia last week.


Tom was one of five killed in the fire, two others were injured.

Local police have launched an investigation into the cause of the fire but early indications point to an electrical fault.

Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs is providing consular assistance to Ricketson’s family.

Uncle James told media his nephew was “in the wrong place at the wrong time”.

He also revealed that “Tom worked with intellectually handicapped people in Sydney and he was very, very good at his job, he was a very kind hearted and generous man.

“And he’d grown up with an intellectually handicapped sister so he had a lot of first hand experience with dealing with people who had severe disabilities.

“But he had, as a result of coming to Cambodia, he was contemplating possibly doing some work with poor people” Mr Ricketson said.

He was also asked how Tom’s family was coping at the moment, to which he replied “I think Tom’s family is coping exactly the same way that any family would cope, shock, horror, how could this happen to my son”.