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No Evidence Found in Ko Tao Rape Claim

31 August 2018 (Readers 726)


The police have found no evidence that would support a rape case claimed by a British tourist on Ko Tao in Ko Pha-ngnan district, the southern province of Surat Thani.


The 19-year-old British tourist claimed that she was drugged, robbed, and raped during her stay on Ko Tao on the night of 25 June 2018, and that the incident took place after she drank on a beach.


The Deputy Tourist Police Commissioner, Police Major General Surachet Hakparn, was assigned by The Commissioner General of the Royal Thai Police, Police General Chakthip Chaijinda, to lead an investigating team to look into the case.


After a meeting with the British Consul-General to Thailand to present him with a report on the police investigation and forensic evidence, Pol. Maj. Gen. Surachet said that there are some discrepancies in the claim. For instance, the night was a day before the full moon and the tide was high. The beach was reportedly flooded, making it impossible for anyone to sit or lie down in the area. 


Moreover, the World Cup matches were being broadcast and many policemen strictly maintained security on the beach at that time. Based on preliminary fact-finding investigation, the police did not find a rape case as claimed.


He said that the British Embassy in Thailand would coordinate with the victim to bring evidence, such as her clothing on that day, for further investigation, which is expected to take about one month. The Commissioner General of the Royal Thai Police has also formed a special team to travel to the United Kingdom to question the British woman.


The police are also preparing to issue arrest warrants for the owners of two news web pages, who posted the information on the case, if it turns out to be groundless, as misinformation would affect the image of the countrys tourism.



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