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Police on the holiday island of Koh Samui believe that a man who stabbed a German tourist and stole gold from his Thai wife may have been recently released in an amnesty.
They are checking the records of 100 men who have just been let out of jail.
The 60 year old German – who was not named – and his Thai wife Yong Noiphrom, 56, from Naratiwas, were followed and ambushed by a Thai man aged about 25-30 wearing a full face helmet.
The attack happened as the couple rode a motorcycle on a waterfall road between Lamai and Mae Nam.
The German was stabbed in the shoulder in the attack on Wednesday. The robber got a one baht weight gold necklace and a half baht weight bracelet. This was all worth about 30,000 baht.
ONB reported that the German did not want to be pictured yesterday when the couple went to the area with the police. He was said to have been terrorized by the incident.
His wife spoke about the attack. Bloodstains were found on the road surface.
Police are studying CCTV and checking all 100 men released in a recent amnesty on the island.