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Killer believed to be a Thai policeman

Bangkok: -- A Thai man, believed to be an off-duty cop, shot dead two British backpackers in Kanchanaburi town, the famed site of the Death Railway, after a heated argument in a restaurant, police said on Thursday.

The couple, identified as Adam Geoffrey Lloyd, 25, from North Hampton, and Vanessa Claire Arscott, 24, for Torquay, were gunned down in the streets of Kanchanaburi early on Thursday morning.

The killings by a Thai man followed an altercation on one of the town's floating riverside restaurants, said Kanchanaburi police superintendent Colonel Wate Somboun.

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The two were killed after leaving the restaurant by a man who followed them in his car. The assailant, believed to be a Kanchanburi policeman, forced the couple to stop and continued to argue with them, prompting Lloyd to punch him in the face.

The man then opened fire on Lloyd with a pistol and then chased Arscott who attempted to flee the scene. After running her down the gunman got out of the car and shot her dead.

Lloyd died of his wounds at Phaholpayusaena Hospital in Kanchanaburi, 120km west of Bangkok.

"We are looking for the gunman and expect to catch him quickly," Wate told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa, in a telephone interview.

Kanchanaburi police have identified Senior Sergeant Somchai Wisetchim as the chief suspect. "We believe it was Somchai because the car belonged to him," said Wate, who added that police were looking for eyewitnesses.

Somchai, after parking his car at home, disappeared.

Kanchanaburi, which borders Myanmar (Burma), is a popular tourist destination, especially for British, Australian, Dutch and American visitors who go there to see the Death Railway, built by the Japanese army using prisoners of war as labourers during World War II.

The saga of the Death Railway, which cost thousands of lives, was turned into the popular Hollywood film The Bridge Over the River Kwai.

- dpa 2004-09-09

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It is insane that such things still happends in Thailand, Thailand is a very dangerous place :o

I think that is an unfounded exaggeration.

Thailand is still a safe place to live.

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Would like to know what they said that was bad enough to be shot for. I feel for the family. I hope this kind of thing does not escalate.. so much violence in the world today. In the words of Rodney King... cant we all just get along!

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It is insane that such things still happends in Thailand, Thailand is a very dangerous place  :o

I think that is an unfounded exaggeration.

Thailand is still a safe place to live.

tell that to the parents of the 2 murdered ppl.

thailand is actually more dangerous to live than the uk just on gun deaths, as for road deaths thailand has about the same amount of road deaths during sawngkran as the uk has over a complete year, so it would therefor follow that thailand is a foking dangerous country to live in..

trouble is the worse bit is the murderer was a police man and will probably get off with it if he has any clout.pretty much the same as that politicians son who killed the cop a couple of years ago got off with it, yep thailand has its good points but there sure are a load of bad points..

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A year or more ago, maybe two or more :o , a British man was killed by his girlfriend's other boyfriend - who was unknown to him. The criminal received 2 or 2 1/2 years in jail for the crime. One hundred years ago or more Brits were governed in this country by the laws of Britain. They were protected by them as well.

How much time would I get in prison in the USA for the homicide of two people: Thai, Hispanic, Black, White or other? I would get 20 years to life in most states, and death in the remaining 10 or more. How much time is usually given to criminals in Thailand for murder?

Does anyone have any ideas if it would do any good to innundate the British, Australian, Kiwi and US embassies with emails or letters or.... requesting that they monitor the prosecution of this crime to "make sure" that their citizens receive justice ... or is it all wishful thinking and the Embassies really would noto give a "hoot."

Any ideas would be welcome. In a short time, the parents of these two people will be well known, and maybe there will be a way that they themselves can push their embassy to at least monitor the trial.

Do Tourist policemen actually go to prison in this country, or is it a separate tourist policemen's prison? Has anyone seen the grand policemen's countryclub on the road from Bkk to Pattaya. It appears rather exclusive from the outside.

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I cannot believe people are saying Los is not dangerous,Everywhere is dangerous,

For one instance when we were living in BKK with my Fiances Brother He always kept a gun near his side and it was always loaded,and he lived in a good sburb of BKK,

As for the shootings,It leaves a sickly feeling inside of me when i read of things like this,As i truely respect Los,and its ways,But hate it getting slated,

But Thumping a Thai Policeman let alone any Thai would be seen as serious enough to react in this way,I read once that a Policeman shot a Farang in the leg one at SONGKHRAN,because he fired at the cop with a water pistol,Gun culture is severe in Los,Otherwise it wouldn't be outlawed.

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But Thumping a Thai Policeman let alone any Thai would be seen as serious enough to react in this way,I read once that a Policeman shot a Farang in the leg one at SONGKHRAN,because he fired at the cop with a water pistol,Gun culture is severe in Los,Otherwise it wouldn't be outlawed.

i hope i have taken ur post out of context, otherwise u r advocating that the policeman was right in chasing down the farang couple and killing the man then running the gal over b4 he shot her, are u saying he was right in murdering the gal cold bloddedly becos she was purely a witness to an unfortunate spectacle.

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But Thumping a Thai Policeman let alone any Thai would be seen as serious enough to react in this way,I read once that a Policeman shot a Farang in the leg one at SONGKHRAN,because he fired at the cop with a water pistol,Gun culture is severe in Los,Otherwise it wouldn't be outlawed.

i hope i have taken ur post out of context, otherwise u r advocating that the policeman was right in chasing down the farang couple and killing the man then running the gal over b4 he shot her, are u saying he was right in murdering the gal cold bloddedly becos she was purely a witness to an unfortunate spectacle.

Sorry i should of added in a sense of the Policeman losing face or some other person in their eyes,and with what goes on in Los,anything can happen,

But he shot the guy for thumping him then getting rid of the witness.

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Perhaps one of the problems is that every Thai man, woman (and maybe child), seems to have access to a gun. They carry them in their cars and handbags. They seem to use them at the slightest provocation, (I had a Thai guy in a car aim a Magnum at me when he wanted me to move out the way on the road near Chonburi...)

In the UK, access to guns is strictly controlled, (I know because I have both shotgun and firearms licences for sporting use). If you have a handgun, then 999 times out of 1000 it is because you have obtained it illegally, and for criminal purposes.

I think Thailand would be a much safer place for everyone if the government seriously tried to restrict gun ownership.

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/3640188.stm

According to the BBC website there was an altercation when the UK guy took umbrage at the way some guys were looking at his girlfriend.

"Police Major Chavalit Piakaews said: "The male tourist was apparently upset by the way other people in the shop looked at his girlfriend and his jealousy got out of control."

Very sad case.

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/3640188.stm

According to the BBC website there was an altercation when the UK guy took umbrage at the way some guys were looking at his girlfriend.

"Police Major Chavalit Piakaews said: "The male tourist was apparently upset by the way other people in the shop looked at his girlfriend and his jealousy got out of control."

Very sad case.

Yes i can imagine a Brit saying "What the ###### are you all looking at" :o Very sad case.

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Shocking such a quiet place- wouldn't have expected such a thing at River Kwai. Guess tempers flared and the lad with the gun got the better of it.

Hard to believe that a fight occurred over how someone was looking at his girl. (look all you want- I could care less, guess the lad thought he was in uk still)

Very sad state of affairs when such a thing happens...better to ignore smth like than that then start something simply because you just never know what might happen.

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