Mother of alleged victim of rape attack on Death Island accuses police of cover-up
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Thailandâs Koh Tao has been plagued by a series of deaths, attacks and disappearances involving tourists.Source:Supplied
ITâS hard to believe anything could go wrong on a sun-soaked island paradise as idyllic as this.
Thailandâs Koh Tao is a vision of beauty with its pristine beaches, dreamy jungle, kaleidoscopic coral reefs and waters so turquoise theyâve drawn tourists from all over the world.
But behind the s unshine and beauty of this archipelago, a stoneâs throw from the party islands of Koh Phangan and Koh Samui, lies a very dark secret.
Koh Tao, which has earned the name Death Island due to a troubling string of tourist deaths, attacks and disappearances, is again in the spotlight for another horrific crime on a young holiday-maker, promoting fresh calls for tourists to steer clear.
And whatâs worse is accusations local police are covering up crimes on westerners as mafia families tighten their terrifying grip on Koh Tao, fuelling fears this idyllic paradise has become a death trap.
Another young tourist has fallen victim to Koh Tao. Picture: iStockSource:Supplied
In the latest crime to rock Death Island, a 19-year-old British tourist said she was drugged, robbed, stripped naked and ra ped during her stay.
The young woman said the brutal attack happened on popular Sairee Beach, the same spot a young couple from the United Kingdom were found dead in 2014.
She said she was drinking with friends at two local bars, the Fish Bowl and Leo Bar, where she believed someone spiked her drink.
She passed out and woke up on the beach, naked, alongside a man she remembered watching her at the bar.
The incident happened on June 26, but the young woman has only just spoken about her horrifying ordeal.
Her mother said the young victim was âscarred for lifeâ.
Party island Koh Tao, Thailand, has been dubbed âDeath Islandâ.Source:istock
âWe know how lucky we are to have our daughter back home,â her mother told The Sun this week. âAlthough she will be scarr ed for life, she is alive.
âSomething needs to be done about the two mafia families who run Koh Tao, as one or both are knowingly harbouring a serial rapist and murderer.â
What complicated the young womanâs ordeal was the apparent confusion over police investigations into what happened.
The tourist said after the attack, she fled to a nearby island and reported the crime to Koh Tao police, who appeared only interested in the robbery.
When The Sun contacted the islandâs deputy police chief Lt Colonel Napa Senathip this week, he said a sex attack had not been reported.
But he backtracked on those claims when presented with a police report of the incident.
Hannah Witheridge. Picture: SuppliedSource:AAP
David Miller and Hannah Witheridge were found dead on Koh Tao in 2014.Source:AAP
The victimâs mother was told CCTV cameras near the beach which could have captured her daughterâs attack were broken. Chillingly, they were the same broken cameras that missed the 2014 murders of British couple Hannah Witheridge and David Miller.
CCTV footage from Leo Bar, where the victim believed her drink had been spiked, has also been erased, The Sun reported.
âOfficers went to the scene and try to investigate and search for CCTV footage,â a Koh Tao police spokesman said.
âUnfortunately, there was no evidence or any part of the footage showing the crime so the criminal case regarding this incident never been officially recorded in Koh Tao.â
The attack on the young woman comes months after another young British tourist, 18, was drugged and raped after a night out on Koh Tao.
Thai rescue workers gather the bodies of David Miller and Hannah Witheridge.Source:AP
The young woman said she had been drinking with friends on April 4 when she felt âintoxicating symptoms like being poisonedâ and passed out, waking the next morning in a hotel room wearing only a T-shirt, beside a man who had been talking to her at the bar.
A 26-year-old French man was arrested and charged with the attack, but in June charges again him were dropped and Thai police said he was âfree to leaveâ.
That was yet another unsolved attack on tourists on Death Island.
The holiday destination was plunged into the spotlight in September 2014 when the semi-naked bodies of Hannah Witheridge, 23, and her boyfriend David Miller, 24, were found on Sairee Beach.
Ms Witheridge was raped before she was apparently killed. The couple were found in the same place Ben Harrington, a 32-year-old British IT consultant who died on the island in 2012, had stayed.
New Zealand-born Christina Annesley, pictured with her parents, died on Koh Tao.Source:Supplied
A few months later, in January 2015, the body of New Zealand-born Christina Annesley, 23, was found in the same spot.
British backpackers Nick Pearson and Luke Miller, along with Elise Dallemagne from Belgium, Hans Peter Suter from Switzerland, and Dimitri Povse from France have also been found dead on Koh Tao.
Russian woman Valentina Novozhyonova is still missing.
Those involved with the islandâs activities have claimed to news.com.au that residents on the island know who actually killed them, but no one will say anything because it was run by four mafia families.
Boyne Annesley, the father of slain Christina Annesley, told news.com.au he didnât know if he would ever find out what happened to his daughter.
âIn the back of my mind I had a feeling there might be something wrong. Now Iâm really suspicious,â UK-based Mr Annesley said in March this year.
âI donât believe weâll ever find out what happened to her. Thereâs no proof because you canât get proof because the authorities are corrupt.â
Elise Dallemagne was found dead on the island. Picture: FacebookSource:Facebook
Valentina Novozhyonova, 23, vanishe d from her hostel on Koh Tao.Source:Facebook
DEATH ISLANDâS VICTIMS
Nick Pearson, 25, from the UK. On New Years Day in 2014, he was found floating in a bay beneath a 15m cliff. He had no broken bones. Police ruled out foul play but his family believe he was murdered.
Hannah Witheridge, 23, and David Miller, 24, from the UK. In September 2014, the couple were found bludgeoned to death close to where they were staying. Ms Witheridge had been raped.
Dimitri Povse, 29, from France. On New Years Day in 2015, he was found hanging in a bungalow. Police ruled his death a suicide but couldnât explain why his hands were tied behind his back.
Christina Annesley, 23, from the UK and born in New Zealand. In January 2015, she was said to have died of natural causes after mixing antibiotics with alcohol. No toxicology report was conducted. Her family are suspicious.
Valentina Novozhyonova, 23, from Russia. In March 2015, she vanished from her hostel , with her mobile phone, passport and camera left behind. She is still missing.
Luke Miller, 24, from the UK. In January 2016, he was found at the bottom of a swimming pool at the Sunset Bar at Sairee Beach. His family has accused police of a cover-up.
Elise Dallemagne, 30, of Belgium. In April 2017, she was found hanged in the jungle. Questions surround her death.Source: Google News Thailand | Netizen 24 Thailand