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Two Britons were shot dead today

BANGKOK: -- Two Britons were shot dead today by unknown gunmen near the famous Bridge over the River Kwai in western Thailand, police said.

A 24-year-old woman and her travelling partner, a man aged 25, were shot and fatally wounded after returning from drinks in the normally peaceful tourist town of Kanchanaburi. They were pronounced dead in hospital, police said.

Officers said they heard shots at 3:50am (0550 AEST) and rushed to the scene where they found the two tourists, whom they named as Adam Lloyd, from Northampton, and Vanessa Arscott, of Torquay.

Officers said they did not believe robbery was the motive as the pair had all their belongings with them.

"We suspect that they were shot after a quarrel and as of now we have no idea whether the gunmen were Thais or foreigners," Major Chavalit Piakeaw, who was heading the investigation, said.

A French tourist was shot last year in the town by a robber on a motorbike as he walked to his guest house with friends.

The killings came after Thailand embarked on a major promotion of its tourist industry and is seeking to double the number of arrivals to 20 million by 2008.

Kanchanaburi has been a growing destination for foreign tourists lured by the fame of the notorious bridge near the border with Burma, war cemeteries in the town and beautiful waterfalls.

An estimated 16,000 Allied prisoners of war died during the construction of the railway during World War II. It was designed as a crucial link between Japan's new territories of Singapore and Burma

--news.com.au 2004-09-09

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Yeah I've been to court here where if the murderer turns him/herself in, the sentence is halved. If he confesses (including the reenactment that they like to show on tv or on the newspapers), that's another half. 50 to 25 to 12 years. Just like that, and 'special' treatment for police or army officers who might be in danger in prison, that's always a wildcard as well.

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Yeah I've been to court here where if the murderer turns him/herself in, the sentence is halved. If he confesses (including the reenactment that they like to show on tv or on the newspapers), that's another half. 50 to 25 to 12 years. Just like that, and 'special' treatment for police or army officers who might be in danger in prison, that's always a wildcard as well.

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That can't be true.....can it??? :o

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The killings came after Thailand embarked on a major promotion of its tourist industry and is seeking to double the number of arrivals to 20 million by 2008

Whats the advertising campaign say - "come to Thailand where our tourist police will take care of you?"

I know there's no proven link between watching violence and enacting it, but some of the "soap operas" in this country (shown each and every days for seemingly hours) have gratuitously violent scenes that wouldn't get an 18 certificate in a cinema and yet are shown at all hours of day and watched by children as if they are watching Playschool.

Its difficult to believe that this constant diet of death and gore (mainly at the end of a gun), peddled endlessly by the TV companies, isn't having some effect on Thai society when you look at the crime statistics.

I suggest that Lt. Col. Thaksin Shinawatra Prime Minister has got his priorities wrong.

My condolences to the families of the victims.

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Yeah I've been to court here where if the murderer turns him/herself in, the sentence is halved.  If he confesses (including the reenactment that they like to show on tv or on the newspapers), that's another half.  50 to 25 to 12 years.  Just like that, and 'special' treatment for police or army officers who might be in danger in prison, that's always a wildcard as well. 

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That can't be true.....can it??? :D

Also if the person that commited the crime has a good enough reason then it is reduced again :D Obviously this is for Thais :o

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Backpackers executed

KANCHANABURI: -- Two British backpackers were shot dead in cold blood today near the bridge over the River Kwai.

A 24-year-old woman and her travelling partner, a man aged 25, were gunned down after returning from drinks in the tourist town of Kanchanaburi, western Thailand, police said.

The pair, who have been named by Thai police as Adam Lloyd, from Northampton, and Vanessa Arscott, from Torquay, were pronounced dead in hospital.

The shooting followed an argument with a Thai man in a local restaurant, police said.

Kanchanaburi police superintendent Colonel Wate Somboun said they were shot after the Thai man followed them in a car as they left the restaurant to return to their hotel.

The man opened fire on Mr Lloyd and then drove after Ms Arscott as she attempted to run away. After running her down, the gunman got out of the car and shot her dead.

Officers said they heard shots at 3.50am and rushed to the scene where they found the two tourists. They do not believe robbery was the motive as the pair had all their belongings with them. A Devon and Cornwall pol ice liaison off icer broke the news to Ms Arscott's family early today. Pc Andy Osborne said: "To say they are upset would be an understatement. They are incredibly distressed."

Ms Arscott's grandmother Eileen Arscott broke down in tears as she told the Evening Standard: "Vanessa was meant to be coming home this weekend. She and Adam had gone to Thailand on 3 July. I just can't believe it.

"She was practically living with me ... that's how close we are. I just don't know what to say or what to do. Her father Graham is currently in Wales although I think he may be coming back today."

A Foreign Office spokeswoman confirmed two Britons had been killed. She said: "Consular staff have been to the scene and are in touch with the local authorities." The killings came as Thailand embarked on a major promotion of its tourist industry, seeking to double the number of visitors to 20 million by 2008.

Kanchanaburi is normally a peaceful town, although a French tourist was shot there last year by a robber on a motorcycle as he walked to his guest house with friends.

It is a popular destination for foreign tourists lured by the fame of the notorious bridge near the border with Burma, its war cemeteries and exceptionally beautiful waterfalls.

Many thousands of Allied prisoners of war died during the construction of the Thai-Burma railroad during the Second World War. It was designed as a crucial link between Japan's territories of Singapore and Burma.

The bridge was built by 61,000 British PoWs and 250,000 Asian labourers when the Japanese decided to shorten the supply lines between Japan and Burma in anticipation of an eventual attack on British India. Workers on the bridge toiled in appalling conditions and about 100,000 Asian workers and 16,000 Britons lost their lives. Although the original bridge no longer exists, there is a cemetery with graves marking the resting places of 6,982 Allied soldiers.

The barbaric treatment meted out to the PoWs by their Japanese captors was immortalised in the film The Bridge On The River Kwai, starring Alec Guinness.

Thailand is one of the most popular destinations in the Far East for British tourists. Last year 700,000 Britons visited the country, many of them students and backpackers drawn by its reputation for "paradise" islands and beaches as well as a rich and diverse culture.

Less attractively, it also draws large numbers of sex tourists, mainly to the capital Bangkok. However, the country's image has been badly damaged in recent years by rising crime.

Current Foreign Office advice is that all but essential travel to the southern provinces of Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and Songkhla should be avoided because of the threat from militant groups.

--Evening Standard UK, 2004-09-09

Rising death toll of Britons abroad

The tragedy in Thailand is the latest in a series of recent disasters to involve young British tourists:

- In August 2000 backpacker Kirsty Jones, 23, from Brecon, Wales, was found murdered in a guesthouse in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand.

- Two Welsh friends, Natalie Morris and Sarah Williams, were among 15 people killed when a fire ripped through a backpackers' hostel in Childers, Australia, in 2000.

- Peter Falconio died in mysterious circumstances after he and his girlfriend Joanne Lees were allegedly tricked into stopping their camper van on a remote Australian highway three years ago.

- In August this year Sean Kennedy, 22, a former Liverpool student was found dead in the waters of Sydney harbour.

- In 2002 Caroline Stuttle, 19, from York was found dead under a bridge in Bundaberg, Queensland. Police believe she fell or was thrown after a struggle with a robber.

- In the same year, 26 Britons were among more than 200 people who died in the terrorist attack on two nightclubs on the tourist island of Bali.

--ThisIsLondon 2004-09-09

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