Burmese workers detained by police over the murder of British backpackers


BANGKOK, 17 September 2014  – Forensic pathologists from the Institute of Forensic Medicine are going to conduct an autopsy on two British tourists who have been recently murdered in the resort island of Koh Tao. Meanwhile, police have detained six Burmese workers who were suspected to be involved in the incident.

More than 100 police officers from Surat Thani province have searched through hotel rooms occupied by Burmese workers at an undisclosed resort where they found a pair of blood-stained jeans and four I-phones.

Police have detained six of the workers for interrogation and would conduct a DNA test on all of them. The authorities would also set up a war room to gather additional evidence for the case.

Deputy Royal Thai Police chief Pol. Gen. Somyot Poompanmuang has stated that the suspects were possibly Burmese workers based on the CCTV camera footage shown within the area. However, he suggested that only one of them was responsible for the murder.

Nonetheless, autopsy tests would be conducted by forensic pathologists at the Police General Hospital by today (September 17) to solve the case.