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Thai police head to the UK to interview the alleged Koh Tao rape victim

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The British Embassy in Thailand has given approval to a request by Thai police to visit the UK and question a woman who claims she was drugged, raped and robbed on Koh Tao in June. This was revealed by deputy tourist police chief Surachate Hakparn.

“The police team investigating the rape claim will be heading to the UK soon,” he said.

Thai PBS reports that police want to hear the claim directly and make the investigation as clear as possible. Surachete says that if the rape claim can be proven to be groundless legal action will definitely be pursued against the woman making the claim (how legal action against a UK citizen, in the UK, can be pursued by Thai police whilst in the UK was not made immediately apparent).

The Thai police have yet to receive a report on the questioning of the British woman which the British police had previously promised to send to them, he said.

Thai police have been investigating the rape claim by the 19 year old British woman said to occur on Koh Tao on June 25.

The British tourist reported to police in June that she was robbed on the island. But upon her return to Britain, she told police there that she had also been raped.

Media have reported that the woman said she was turned away by Thai police when she tried to report the rape. Police denied this and say their investigation determined her complaint of rape was groundless.

British media however reported that she was drugged, robbed and raped on Koh Tao on June 25 and alleged local police would not record her complaint of sexual assault.

Thai police said she never filed a complaint about being raped but complained only that her belongings went missing. Investigators questioned her claim that she was drugged at a bar and then carried further along the beach, where she was raped. They said evidence suggested it was unlikely because the tide was high along that stretch of beach at the time.

The Thaiger has previously published the tide times on the night of the alleged rape where it shows a high tide around 9pm with a low tide at 1pm on the same day and 7am the following morning. Without knowing the exact time of the alleged incident – it has not been reported – it is impossible to find support for the police’s claim.

Thai police head to the UK to interview the alleged Koh Tao rape victim | News by The Thaiger

Deputy tourist police chief Surachate Hakparn delivers a report of the initial investigation by police to the British Embassy in Bangkok.


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Ode to the Honda Click

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No helmets, but a lot of effort, some cameos by local dogs and a drone, brings together a heart-felt ode to the ubiquitous Hand Click, the favourite scooter rental for Thai tourists for a decade. This unlikely, hastily organised boyband duo deserves 10 out of 10 for effort but a lower score for their singing and fashion sense. Filmed on Koh Phangan. Enjoy!

(The Thaiger reminds everyone riding motorbikes in Thailand to always wear a helmet – because it’s the law and it could save your life.)

Jimbotronic – Honda Click

Ich fühl mich so geil auf meiner Honda…

Posted by Jimbotronic on Sunday, October 14, 2018

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‘Rape never happened’. Thai police conclude Koh Tao probe

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A  teen who claimed to have been drugged and raped on Koh Tao in June has failed to confirm the site of the attack, identity of the attacker or how the attack happened while being questioned in the UK, Thai police officers said.

British police also handed over a T-shirt the 19 year old woman wore on June 25, the day of the alleged attack, and forensic tests found the DNA of a woman and a man but no trace of the attacker’s semen, as she claimed. It was not explained, nor was the question asked at the media conference, where the DNA tests were conducted or if the ‘male’ DNA had been matched.

Pol Lt-Colonel Piyapong Boonkaew, who was among Thai officers who went to the UK, said he talked to the woman and showed her photos of three spots on Koh Tao for her to confirm where the incident happened.

“However, she could not identify the site of the attack nor the identity of the attacker. She could not even provide details on how the attack happened. Therefore, due to the lack of sufficient information offered by the woman, Thai police could not proceed with the investigation.”

Photos shown to the 19 year old alleged victim where of three beaches taken during the daytime whilst the alleged rape occurred at night.

Speaking at the same press conference, national police chief Pol General Chakthip Chaijinda said it has been concluded that there was no rape on Koh Tao as claimed by the woman and police considered the investigation closed.

‘Rape never happened'. Thai police conclude Koh Tao probe | News by The Thaiger

“However if there is any new evidence or the claimant comes to Thailand to provide more information, we will be ready to reopen the investigation,” Chakthip said.

The alleged victim did not file a report with Koh Tao police. Instead, she returned to the UK in early July and reported the alleged rape to her mother, who then lodged a report with local police. The mother gave police a blue T-shirt that her daughter claimed contained the attacker’s DNA.

It was then that Piyapong’s team, which included a policewoman and an interpreter, went to the UK to talk to the girl with the permission of UK police.

Acting Immigration police chief Pol Maj-General Surachet Hakparn said no action would be taken against the woman, even though officials considered it confirmed that the rape report was false.

“The woman did not file any police complaint about the attack, therefore we cannot charge her [with making] a false claim,” he said, adding that Thai police had merely tried to clarify facts as the publicity has tarnished the country’s reputation.

Police did, however, issue arrest warrants for the administrators of two Facebook pages – CSI LA and Samui Times – as well as Facebook users who shared the pages’ information for allegedly distributing false information about the woman’s claim.

FB users who shared the information have been arrested and released on bail, while the administrators of both FB pages are still at large.

A comment from the  UK 19 year old victim’s parents has been published on CSI LA…

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Koh Tao alleged rape case wrapped up

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According to Thai PBS, Thai police have wrapped up an investigation into allegations by a 19 year old female British backpacker that she was drugged, raped and robbed on Koh Tao.

Police claim that, following their investigations, there is simply a lack of credible evidence.

Speaking at a media gathering this morning, national police chief, Pol Gen Chakthip Chaijinda, declared the case “closed” due to lack on any evidence.

He said police had conducted their investigations, in Koh Tao and in the UK, including an interview with the alleged victim, and not found any credible evidence that could prove that the alleged crimes ever took place.

A team of Thai police investigators recently returned from the UK after questioning the alleged victim but Pol Gen Chakthip says she was unable to provide any useful information to support her claims.

The police chief says she was unable to recall how the alleged incident took place and couldn’t provide descriptions of the alleged assailant.  A T-shirt, which British teenager claimed was evidence of the alleged crime, was not helpful either as it was “found to have only DNA traces of a man and a woman and nothing more”.

He says they’ve already contacted the British Embassy in Bangkok to inform them of the police findings.

Pol Maj-Gen Surachet Hakparn was also in attendance at the conference. He conducted much of the early investigations and says that, even though police have come to a conclusion that the case was a matter of false information, they have no intention to lodge a legal complaint against her.

He said that the alleged victim was probably confused and could not give any useful information to the Thai police about the alleged perpetrator or about the alleged offence when she was questioned by the police.

This is quite different from the detailed information she was able to provide to a reporter from Samui Times in the weeks flooding the alleged incident and reported in numerous Thai and foreign media.

SOURCE: Thai PBS

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