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After the Samui Times published a story about a young British girl being raped on the notorious island of Koh Tao the Khaosod English publication and local police cast doubt on the story. The police told Khaosod that nobody had filed a report of either rape or robbery.
According to Samui Times, the tourist was drugged and subsequently attacked on Sairee Beach near the same place two British backpackers were murdered in 2014. The assault reportedly took place June 26, but a local police officer denied anyone had filed a report.
“No one has alerted us about it,” Koh Tao deputy police chief Napha Senathit said by phone. “In these kind of cases, we would have [investigated] if someone made a report.”
Lt. Col. Napha added that his force has received allegations of sexual assault in the past which later turned out to be consensual. He cited the case of a French policeman falsely accused of rape in April.
“Many cases turned out differently after they filed the report, like that case about the Frenchman,” Napha said.
However, the Samui Times has a copy of the police report (name of the victim withheld for legal reasons) proving that the story was not ‘made-up’ the victim does exist, she did make a report to the police on Koh Phangan, albeit they would only take her story about the robbery and refused to document the rape, and the either Khaosod English were misinformed or the police lied.
The report was made on Koh Phangan as, understandably, the young 19 year old victim did not want to stay on Koh Tao after her traumatic experience there. However quite why the officers on Koh Phangan did not inform the officers on Koh Tao is somewhat more of a mystery, as they operate in the same region.
The families of the many victims in Koh Tao have always maintained the police investigations into their loved one’s deaths were at best shoddy and at worst cover-ups and have felt the deaths were not properly investigated. The police in Koh Tao have always maintained they are not corrupt, conduct thorough investigations and leave no stone unturned when it comes to providing answers. However, in this latest development they have unequivocally proved that is not the case.
Furthermore, when the victim’s mother contacted the Thai police in told them she had DNA evidence on a T-shirt from the crime scene the Thai police suggested she hand it in to them, so how is it possible they were not aware of this case?
The Police report, logged on the 27th of June 2018 reads
XXXXXXXXXXXX, 19, from Great Britain filed a complaint about being robbed at Sairee Beach on Koh Tao. Missing items are as the file documents: 1 i.phone, 1 credit card and 5000 Baht in cash. Report from Koh Phangan Police is signed by Kritsada Tongsakul.
It is the opinion of the Samui Times that in this case that police on Koh Tao and Koh Phangan are either not communicating and incompetent or simply lying, and if that is the case the families of the other victims in the UK would be well advised to demand all of their cases be re-opened and reinvestigated!