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UK inquest could not ascertain cause of British man’s death in Koh Phangan

The British inquest into the death of a British man in Koh Phangan has left many questions as to the cause of his death. Andrew Apperley, 38, went missing in Koh Phangan on February the 13th this year, four days later his body was found in the sea.

The inquest, held in Eastbourne town hall, heard that Mr Apperley had travelled alone to the famous Full Moon Party. The Thai authorities, who looked into the man’s death, said that it had been known the man had been drinking as well as taking other substances before he went into the water and drowned and Thai investigating officer Suteep Chadakan gave the cause of death as asphyxiation by drowning. In the UK this fact was questioned by the coroner, Mr Craze, Mr Applerley’s mother insists that he did not like to swim in the sea. It is the opinion of Mr Craze that had this have been the case the body would have shown more external injuries from floating among rocks. Another concern raised by Mr Apperley’s brother was that a friend of Mr Apperley had received at text from him on the night of the party that said “I had a mad night all the guys wanting to kill…me….scary guy with a face mask” Mr Craze said the cause of death was unascertained due to the poor information that had been provided to him and called the Thai toxicology report ‘medieval’. Due to decomposition of the body British pathologists were unable to find a clear cause of death. The family of Mr Apperley told the BBC in their report that they were pressing Thai authorities to investigate the case further as they suspected foul play. Mr Apperley, from Gloucestershire, was staying in a hotel on neighbouring Koh Samui, he took a boat to Koh Phangan for the party. Mr Craze recorded an open conclusion on the cause of his death.

This is not the first time Thai investigations have been called into question. They were called into question over the lack of toxicology report for British Christina Marian Annesley who was found dead in Koh Tao in January 2015. The DNA presented in the case against Zaw Lin and Wai Phyo, who were found guilty of killing Hannah Witheridge and David Miller in September 2014, was highly suspect as it had been tested in an unaccredited laboratory. The families of both Nick Pearson and Luke Miller are far less than satisfied into the investigation into their deaths and Pat Harrington is currently compiling a petition to ask the UK government to investigate deaths in Thailand after she lost her son Ben Harrington in circumstances she finds highly suspect. The murder of Elise Dallemagne from Belgium on Koh Tao has never been solved and Russian Valentina Novozhyonova is still missing from the island.

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