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Alleged Koh Tao rape victim accuses Thai police of suppressing truth

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The more Thai authorities and police try and sweep the matter under the carpet, the more the media interest from around the world.

In her first media interview, a 19 year old British teenager has stuck to her claim that she was drugged, robbed and raped during her vacation on Koh Tao in June and accused authorities of trying to suppress the truth.

The teenager (she has been identified in the past) also warned other young people to stay away from the island, off Surat Thani province, in an interview with The Times in the UK.

In the story published on September 8, she said that Thai authorities tried to publicly discredit her rather than investigate her claim and did not offer basic support or forensic checks. She accused them of suppressing the truth about the brutal attack, during a gap year holiday over the summer, because it would have a negative impact on tourism.

The alleged victim, from London, said: “I would urge other young people to stay away. I would never feel safe going back to Koh Tao.

“I wouldn’t tell people not to go to Thailand in general, it is one of my favourite countries. But it is a beautiful place with a dark side that blinds you.”

She told The Times that she was attacked in the early hours of June 26 on Sairee beach, the same place where British tourists Hannah Witheridge, 23, and her friend David Miller, 24, were bludgeoned to death in 2014.

However, Thai police who investigated the claim concluded that no rape took place. The teen’s rape claim hit the island’s reputation as a beach paradise popular with foreign backpackers, following the brutal murders of the two British backpackers.

The teenager has claimed that she tried to file a complaint with Thai police about the rape but they refused to document it. However Thai police maintain she only mentioned the robbery of her belongings.

She then returned to London in early July and alerted her mother who filed a complaint with police in the UK and handed over clothes she wore on the night of the attack which allegedly carry DNA of her attacker.

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British man pioneers cannabis tom yum, police are not happy

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PHOTO: Khaosodenglish

A 58 year old real estate developer, living in Koh Samui for 22 years, is facing some trouble with the police for his ‘medicinal’ innovations in the kitchen.

Police have arrested and charged Gary Coughlan with drug offenses after they noticed he was acting a little ‘unusual and erratic’ this morning (Wednesday). He later tested positive for drug use.

Khaosod English reports, that when questioned by the police, he admitted to having tom yum goong shrimp soup infused with cannabis, apparently he praised its benefits for good sleep.

Coughlan also told police that he had obtained the marijuana from a Thai friend.

Thailand has recently legalised medical marijuana, yet unauthorised use still remains illegal and culprits face jail time up to one year.

Judging by the look on Gary’s face we can assume he was happy with the results of his kitchen experiments.

SOURCE: Khaosodenglish

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Weather for January 16

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Bangkok

Morning clouds followed by afternoon sun. High 33ºC. Winds NE at 10 to 15 km/h.

Weather for January 16 | News by The Thaiger

Chiang Mai

Generally clear. High 30ºC. Winds ESE and variable.

Weather for January 16 | News by The Thaiger

Phuket

Afternoon showers. High 31ºC. Winds NNE and variable. Chance of rain 40%.

Weather for January 16 | News by The Thaiger

Ko Samui

Thundershowers. High 25ºC. Winds ENE at 10 to 15 km/h. Chance of rain 40%.

Weather for January 16 | News by The Thaiger

Pattaya

Partly cloudy. High 32ºC. Winds NW at 10 to 15 km/h.

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Songkhla

Thunderstorms developing in the afternoon. High 29ºC. Winds ENE at 15 to 25 km/h. Chance of rain 80%.

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French woman found floating off Koh Samui beach

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Samui police report that the body the body of 42 year old Maud Isabeile Bailley was found floating at sea off Ao Thongket beach around 2.30 pm yesterday (Tuesday).

The body was first seen floating by hotel staff who called police and rescue workers. Responders then brought the body back to shore.

A friend of the deceased has identified the body. She said that they had both lived on the island for almost two years learning Thai at a language school.

The friend said that Maud often complained about her family and her health and that that yesterday morning they had both visited a waterfall before she left on a bike.

The cause of death is under investigation by the police.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post 

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