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No evidence to back claim of Koh Tao rape, say police

No evidence to back claim of Koh Tao rape, say police

SURAT THANI: Police investigators have concluded there is insufficient evidence to substantiate a young British woman’s claim in UK media that she was raped on Koh Tao in Surat Thani in June. National police chief Chakthip Chaijinda said yesterday (Oct 16) that the young woman had been questioned recently by investigators and she was unable to give details of the rapist or the crime scene.

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By Bangkok Post

Wednesday 17 October 2018, 08:53AM


Maj Gen Surachate Hakparn, acting Immigration Bureau commissioner (right), national police chief Gen Chakthip Chaijinda (second right), and other senior officers announce the conclusions of the investigation into a 19-year-old British woman’s claim she was raped on Koh Tao on June 25. They said there was insufficient evidence to substantiate it. Photo: Apichart Jinakul

Maj Gen Surachate Hakparn, acting Immigration Bureau commissioner (right), national police chief Gen Chakthip Chaijinda (second right), and other senior officers announce the conclusions of the investigation into a 19-year-old British woman’s claim she was raped on Koh Tao on June 25. They said there was insufficient evidence to substantiate it. Photo: Apichart Jinakul

Forensic tests also found no traces of semen on her shirt, only traces of other DNA.

Police investigating the case had looked thoroughly into all aspects of it – starting with the interrogation of officers at the police station responsible for the area, inspecting the alleged crime scene, and sending investigators to question the woman in the United Kingdom and bring back evidence for examination.

They had got to the truth of what happened on the island. All lingering doubts were cleared up, Gen Chakthip said.

Police investigators had done their best, both to protect the country’s reputation and take the best care of tourists, he told a news conference yesterday. Pol Maj Gen Surachate Hakparn, acting chief of the Immigration Bureau and other senior police also attended the media briefing.

Investigators were sent to the UK to verify claims by the 19-year-old that she was drugged, raped and robbed on Sairee Beach of Koh Tao on the night of June 25.

She said in stories published in British newspapers that she fled to the neighbouring island of Koh Pha-Ngan, later returning to Koh Tao to file a complaint with police she accused of refusing to investigate her rape complaint and noting only details of the robbery.

Lt Col Piyapong Boonkaew, chief inspector of the Koh Tao Police said he was one of the investigators who questioned the woman in the UK.

They had asked her about the crime scene and showed her photos of the beach where the alleged rape occurred and nearby areas on Koh Tao.

She was unable to identify the alleged crime scene. Nor was she able to describe her attacker.

She gave insufficient details to back up the rape story, Lt Col Piyapong said.

“The alleged victim was unable to detail the crime scene or the behaviour of her alleged rapist. On valuables such as her lost credit cards, the investigators found she had notified financial institutions about the lost cards, but had not asked for new ones to be issued.

“The information is still insufficient. We brought back one item of evidence from the alleged victim, her grey T-shirt, for examination,” Lt Col Piyapong said.

Maj Gen Pridi Pongsetthasant, deputy chief of the Office of Forensic Science, said an examination of the T-shirt the woman said she was wearing that day found DNA traces from a woman and a man. There were no traces of semen on the T-shirt as alleged.

Asked if legal action would be taken against the woman for filing a false complaint, Maj Gen Surachate said no complaint had been filed at this time. Police have not so far blacklisted the woman and denied her further entry to Thailand.

Police earlier said they would blacklist the woman and deny her entry to Thailand if she failed to disprove investigators’ findings that her rape claim on Koh Tao was groundless.

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Jor12 | 17 October 2018 - 19:18:40

Well Ben, best put your money where your mouth is and put forward your evidence to show this was all a "white wash". 

DeKaaskopp | 17 October 2018 - 18:00:29

Ben,,as you didn't witness anything,why judging the RTP? So far there is only a woman saying she was raped.Maybe drugged or maybe drunk.Maybe raped or maybe it happened with her consent.Obviously she can't remember much. Do you remember the girl who claimed she was  raped on Koh Phangan a few weeks ago? Turned out the next day that she was drunk and no rape ever happened. 

BenPendejo | 17 October 2018 - 14:07:30

All baloney-nothing but a white-wash. This was a pathetic PR mission to the UK to discredit the girl in order to save Thailand's diminished reputation-nothing more.  Of course she doesn't recall anything, she was probably drugged-a common practice in party island tourist bars. All this did was tell the world to beware when coming to Thailand, as you are on your own and cant rely on police.

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