Monday, September 15, 2014

Thailand: Briton, Irishman Raped, Murdered on Koh Tao, Details Follow

According to Phuketwan, it has now been confirmed that the decedents are both British, although confusion is arising amongst island police on Koh Tao that one of the victims could be an Irish citizen as the passport was different from a conventional UK passport.

The names of both victims are being held pending notification of next-of-kin.

The man was 24 years of age and the woman 23.

The two victims were savagely slaughtered in an apparent rape and murder frenzy on a small Thai holiday island where residents are today (September 15) blocking the pier to prevent the assailant(s) from escaping.

Details are very fluid, although it has been confirmed that the bodies of a young British woman and very possibly an Irishman were found early today (September 15) on a beach at Koh Tao, a small island near the full moon party destination of Koh Phangan, in the Gulf of Thailand.

The woman was found virtually naked on a beach and the man was found nearby with evidence of blunt-force trauma.

COMMENT: Residents told police there had been a beach party for about 50 people, mostly foreigners, last night (September 14) that went into the early morning hours (September 15).

Police are combing the island for suspect(s), although it is possible that one assailant is being sought, although unlikely.

Police believe the young man may have been beaten to death with a rock. The woman was still wearing a white bikini-top, with her legs array, suggesting that she was killed immediately after being raped.

One theory is that the assailant(s) may have seen the couple alone on a beach together after the party and confronted them.

The remains of the European couple were found during 0400-0500 hours on September 15.

The homicides are very likely to have an adverse impact on tourism in the area, although regularly occurring violent crime in the Land of Smiles is no stranger.

This report will be updated as new information becomes available.