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Koh Tao headman offers one million baht cash if evidence proves his family implicated in the tourist murder

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BANGKOK: -- As a local village headman in Koh Tao announced to give one million baht cash reward to police if they have substantial evidence to implicate him and his family in the murder of the two British tourists, The Telegraph newspapers in the United Kingdom released yesterday what it said is the last picture of the two victims with friends at a beach bar hours before they were brutally murdered.

The photograph, provided to The Telegraph by someone they met briefly that evening, was taken at 9.45pm on the night before the murder.

It shows Miss Witheridge and Mr Miller at a popular sports pub called Choppers, an Australian-owned bar and a favourite spot for the tens of thousands of tourists and travellers who head to Koh Tao each year in search of its crystalline waters, world-famous diving sites and animated nightlife.

In the photograph, Miss Witheridge is wearing the same pink top she was wearing just hours later when she was killed.

On the opposite side of the table sits Mr David Miller with his close friend Christopher Ware, who is wearing a white T-shirt.

Mr Ware was initially suspected by the police and detained for questioning and DNA testing. But he was cleared and allowed to leave Thailand after being ruled out by DNA test.

The tattooed man closest to the camera, on the far right, is believed to be a traveller called Tom who the group had met on the island.

In the picture, the whole group was animated and just enjoying the night,” said someone who was in the pub that night but declined to be identified, The Telegraph said.

Ms Witheridge and Mr Miller are not thought to have known each other well and they arrived at Choppers in separate groups. Once the game had finished, at around midnight, they left separately, CCTV footage shows.

But by around 1am the two groups had met up again, this time at Sairee beach’s AC Bar, a Thai-run nightclub which is known for drunken brawls and strong cocktails, The Telegraph said.

What happened after Mr Miller and Ms Witheridge left AC Bar, apparently in different groups, remains a mystery.

But by around 6.30am locals had discovered their badly disfigured bodies just a few minutes walk along the beach, the UK newspapers said.

Meanwhile in Koh Tao, the headman Mr Woraphan Toovichien, 49, a village headman and owner of AC Bar, came out for the first time to defend his family name after what he said his family has become a social victim following allegations by a British tourist, Sean McAnna, accusing his brother Montriwat Toovichien, owner of In Touch resort and caretaker of AC Bar of threatening him with life to confess to the killing of the two British tourists.

The threat forced him to flee in fear, Sean told The Telegraph after returning to the UK.

Mr Woraphan who Mr Sean alleged to be a local Mafia said he was very upset to be implicated in the case.

He said he was ready to offer one million baht in cash if the police could implicate him or his brother and son to the murder of two British tourists.

He expressed his outrage at local police for their allegation that he was part of the murder, and also at international media for their coverage echoing local police’s unsubstantiated claims as well as allegations that he is the island’s mafia head who has been trying to obstruct the investigation.

He denounced the video footage taken at 4 am which officers claim to be that of his younger brother.

He also denounced claims that his son had any part of the crime as he is currently studying in Bangkok.

“I would never protect anyone who has committed a crime, even if it was a close friend, my own brother or son. I am an honest and straight forward person. If the provincial police are able to obtain evidence proving this I would gladly give them a one million baht reward.”

With regard to his connection to Sean McAnna, a Scotsman who posted a picture of his brother and another man on Facebook with claim that they were mafias who threatened to kill him and force him to confess to the murder of the two Britons, Mr Woraphan admitted that he did have a word with Sean as he suspected that he may have been involved with the murder.

But he portrayed our family as if we are Mafia, he said.

“The media coverage has ruined my reputation. I have friends and people from a number of organisations calling me up to inquire on the coverage. Everyone’s wondering of these accusations. This continues to be a really bad experience for me and my family.

Mr Woraphan said on the night of the murder, one of his employee identified as Jok saw so much blood on the face and body of Mr Sean, so he helped to wash it out for him.

Later he found out that Mr Sean looked very close to a suspect on the CCTV footage, he then asked Sean about the blood and was told that it was caused by accident.

He also said as the DNA testing revealed later the DNA samples in the female victim’s body belonged to Asian men, forcing his employee to be reluctant to give further information to the police as they thought Sean was not involved.

Besides, as Mr Sean was not captured in the CCTV footage, and the police probe was going astray, he chose to stay put, he said.

Meanwhile a claim by Sean that he went hiding in a convenience store on the island fearing for manhunt by his so-called mafias was also partially true was taken seriously by a TV Station.

A check by television channel staff on the CCTV footage at the 7-Eleven store showed he did enter the store but with no sign of fear as he claimed.

Southern police commissioner
Pol Lt Gen Panya Mamen, stated that so far no arrest warrants have been issued.

He also stated that investigators have taken DNA tests of some of the people within the crime scene’s vicinity. So far none of the results have not matched the blood stains found at the scene.

The remaining DNA results are expected to be ready soon.

As for Sean, evidence still were unlikely to implicate him, he said.

He also said there are three suspects in this murder and some of them might have left the island.

Source: http://englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/koh-tao-headman-offers-one-million-baht-cash-evidence-proves-family-implicated-tourist-murder/

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-- Thai PBS 2014-09-25

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'As a local village headman in Koh Tao announced to give one million baht cash reward to police if they have substantial evidence to implicate him and his family in the murder of the two British tourists,'

Erm, might want to think about that a little more.......or at least have a family meeting first.

Deleted my post.

What I wanted to say has been said before in this thread.

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