Police question Briton in murder of British couple


BANGKOK, Sept 17 — Police today questioned a Briton suspected of involvement in the murder of two British tourists whose bodies were found Monday on a beach on Ko Tao, a Gulf Thailand island off the coast of the southern province of Surat Thani.

Christopher Alan Ware, believed to be a friend of 24-year-old David Miller, one of the victims, was brought to Bangkok for questioning by police after the bungalow owner reportedly told police that he saw wounds on Mr Ware’s hands and police found his blood-stained trousers inside Mr Miller’s bag.

Police said they also found strands of blonde hair in the hands of 23-year-old Hannah Witheridge, the second victim.

According to police, Mr Ware told police upon arriving in Bangkok that he wanted to return to England, but the authorities asked him to stay longer in Thailand under the police supervision as they are awaiting DNA tests.

The murder came as the interim government is trying to revive Thailand’s tourism business, which has been affected by political turmoil before the military seizure of power on May 22.