Anorak | Koh Tao Murders: Sex, Gangsters And Shaking Hands

Koh Tao Murders: Sex, Gangsters And Shaking Hands

by | 22nd, September 2014

Chief of the Forensic Police Institute Pornchai Suteerakune updates reporters on the deaths of two British tourists who were found dead on a beach in Koh Tao, a popular diving destination in the Gulf of Thailand, in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Police on the scenic Thai resort island searched hotels and workers' residences Tuesday looking for clues into the slayings of the tourists whose nearly naked, battered bodies were found on a beach a day earlier.(AP photo/Sakchai Lalit)


KOH Tao murders: A look at reporting on the murders or David Miller and Hannah Witheridge.

The Sun : “Cop: Sex row key to Thai murders”

THE killer of two Brits in Thailand may have been motivated by “sexual jealousy”, local police say. They are investigating a row between David Miller and a Thai man who tried to chat up Hannah Witheridge in a bar. Police spokesman Kissana Phathanachareon said: “We still believe sexual jealously is at the heart of this crime.”

What else is believed?

It is believed David stepped in to help Hannah in the bar — and died as he tried to protect her from their killers.

The Times reports Colonel Kissana Phathanacharoen’s address in fuller terms:

“No lines of inquiry can be ruled out and we believe these crimes could have been motivated by sexual jealousy. We have discovered fresh evidence which could lead to a new suspect who may have had a relationship or one-night stand with Hannah or one of her friends or David the night before they were killed. We have asked the Metropolitan police to go back and make inquiries of Hannah’s friends on this matter. The liaison officer here in Bangkok is working on getting that statement. The faster we get it, the faster we may be able to get the bad guy.”

It’s pretty cclear that facts are thin on the ground. But the Colonel says there is a “bad guy”. So. The killer is a single male.

The Mirror : “Thailand beach murders: DNA match to two Asian men found on victim in major breakthrough”

Two men. Not one man.

The Mirror says Hannah Witheridge ‘raped by two local men’. But only one of them killed her?

Thailand’s top police chief Somyot Poompanmoung – their equivalent of the Chief Constable of the Met Police – flew to Koh Tao to personally oversee the investigation today. He shook hands with the Sunday Mirror but admitted: “We still don’t know who did it but DNA tests now show an Asian was responsible. The family are not coming to the island and have gone back to England.  I don’t know if the killer is still on the island. We have some new leads but no new suspects “I will do my best to solve this crime. We are so sorry.”

What an odd line that is: “He shook hands with the Sunday Mirror but…” It’s a bit Lloyd George knew my mother, no?

The paper then slaps its logo on a video entitled:

British tourist’s last moments alive is shown on CCTV in Thailand

Aren’t her last moments alive the ones just before she died? Is this a video of the murder?

No. But you can watch a video of Hannah Witheridge walking in a bar area.



The Mirror adds:

They now believe that the couple enjoyed drinks together in Choppers Bar and Grill before moving onto the AC nightclub. “Choppers” is an Aussie bar popular with ex-pats which shows Premier League football and Formula One racing. Then later wandered onto the beach where they were attacked.


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