British tourists ‘murdered’ in Thailand: Pair’s bloodied bodies found naked on Koh Tao beach 

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The young woman’s throat had reportedly been cut while the man had suffered a cutting wound on the back of his head

Two young British tourists have been found dead on a bloodstained beach in Thailand with what were described as “gruesome” head injuries. The bodies were discovered naked, close to where a beach party had been held the night before.

Launching a murder inquiry, Thai police described the two as a 23-year-old woman from Great Yarmouth and a 24-year-old man from Jersey, and said they were found on a rocky beach on Koh Tao, an island known as a serene diving resort.

The young woman’s throat had reportedly been cut while the man had suffered a cutting wound on the back of his head. Some of the pair’s clothes were located nearby, as was a hoe, which police believe was used in the murder.

“The man was chopped in the back and on the side of his head, while the woman was chopped in her face,” police chief Prachum Ruangthong told the Associated Press. “It’s very gruesome.”

The bodies were found in the early hours of Monday morning, according to the Samui Times website. There had reportedly been a beach party the previous evening, just a few hundred metres from where they were found on Siree Beach.

Police said they had no immediate suspects and were checking CCTV cameras at nearby restaurants, hotels and shops in a search for the attacker or attackers.

Reports said people on the island, located in Surat Thani province and which is home around 2,000 residents, had blockaded its piers to help prevent anyone escaping. Like nearby Koh Phangan, the island relies mainly on the tourist trade.

The bodies were found on a rocky beach on Koh Tao, an island in Surat Thani province, that is known a diving resort

The bodies were found on a rocky beach on Koh Tao, an island in Surat Thani province, that is known a diving resort

A spokesperson for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London said: “We are aware of the deaths of two British nationals on 15 September at Koh Tao in Thailand. The embassy is urgently seeking information from the local authorities.”

Source: The Independent UK

 

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