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The former boyfriend of the British teenager who says she was raped on Koh Tao has told Thaivisa that he honestly believes she was raped.
This comes as Pol Maj Gen Surachate Hakpan visited Koh Tao to say there is no evidence of rape having occurred.
The top policeman – sent by Deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwan to get to the truth – said that he was unable to contact the victim through the British Embassy but there was credible evidence to suggest that the boyfriend had had a fist fight with a man called “Martin” who had had sex with the alleged victim.
Surachate said that it appears that the teenager got drunk and admitted to the owner of the hostel, Patra Jaemsakun, in a flood of tears outside their accommodation that she had had drunken sex with a friend just the night before while her boyfriend was on the way to Thailand.
Then she made up the story about being raped and just reported theft after going to Koh Pangan.
The story blew up in the UK when the mother went to the tabloid media there and also spoke to respected Thai journalist Sutichai Yoon on Facebook Live.
Thaivisa has managed to speak to Luke Grandon Wills the now ex boyfriend of the 19 year old victim.
Luke told Thaivisa from his home in Dulwich, south east London:
“I think she was raped.” When asked did he believe that the man was a Thai he said “yes”.
He added on Messenger: “I can tell you that I honestly believe she is telling the truth. Me and her are still close and it would be great to stop incorrect rumours.”
He said that he and the victim broke up around 19th July after coming back from Thailand for reasons unconnected to the rape.
The victim’s mother has not responded to messages from Thaivisa.
Maj-Gen Surachate – known as Big Joke in the Thai media – said that a prosecution was likely against the media responsible for spreading fake news and that 14 people could face charges in connection with reporting and sharing the story.