In Hannah Witheridge, murders, Uncategorised by Andrew Drummond7 Comments



(Updated October 2014)

Members of the SUN football team closely behind Hannah and friends

Thai police investigating the killers of Britons Hannah Witheridge and David Miller on the island of Koh Tao offered the equivalent of £13,300 to a local taxi driver to be a false witness against a local football team, it was claimed today.

When the taxi driver refused they beat him up before releasing today at 6.30 pm, the taxi driver named as Pornprasit Sukdam,37, said.

After the ordeal which began at 1.30, Pornprasit reported the matter to the local district chief Kobchai Saowalak, asking for protection.

The district chief subsequently went public and issued a statement to police stating: ‘Please do not use violence to find a scapegoat’.

Police had told Pornprasit they wished to re-interview him tomorrow.

But the taxi driver could possibly be also deliberately putting a spanner in the works as the police close in.

Pornprasit told Thai journalists from ASTV-Manager online: “They said they would give me 700,000 baht to be a witness but I was not a witness. I never saw anything.  Then they became angry.”

The figure of 700,000 Thai baht is the sum which was put up last week to find the killer and police may well have offered it and been angry at Sukdam’s lack of co-operation.

Hannah and friends passing the same spot seconds before

Pornprasit is a member of the Sun Service Football team which were playing on Koh Tao the day before the murder.

The theme that the murder could have been committed by a member of the football team was first mooted several days ago.  But police reported that they had interviewed and cleared three suspects.”

However the Bangkok Post is quoting a police source that they have found a DNA match to the killer through an item

However Police General Panya Mamen, Head of Regional Police in Southern Thailand, has again stated that there were three men involved – two who raped Hannah and one who watched.

He has totally denied the latest allegations.

Lt Gen Kamrob Panyakeaw, head of the Police Forensic Institute in Bangkok said at the weekend that all said all the testing was blind.

“We are not in charge of the case investigation part, therefore we don’t get the reports of who the DNA we are testing belongs to.”

This however leaves  control of the tests in the hands of one unit and takes away normal safeguards.

At the weekend Thai Police promised they would have a result by today. Now they have said it may be three more days. So far their suspects have included Burmese migrant labourers, British friends of David Miller, relatives of powerful local political figures, foreign backpackers, a mad foreign gay boyfriend of Miller, and now the football team has come into the limelight again.

Three members of the team were caught on CCTV walking behind Hannah and friends on the night she was murdered.



  1. sue jones

    This is getting worse and worse.
    Don't the BIB realise they are losing credibility every second and as for losing face,there's none left to lose.
    Get the UK detectives over there ,if it upsets the Thais so be it,enough is enough.
    I feel so sorry for the parents,you put your trust in the authorities and what do you get a complete and utter shambles..

  2. Christy S.

    If true, this really shores up the theory that police are covering for someone.

    From video I have seen, while their posturing is somewhat predatory, I think the footballers are simply reacting naturally to a very attractive young woman.

  3. Gerry westerby

    The DNA of the perps have yet to be sampled. I think most know who the killers are but revealing this to the world is going to be a bitter pill for the Thai to swallow. The behind the scenes activity must be quite interesting and Mark Kent's contribution, we must assume, is not without some significance…….
    Surely, this time ……

  4. matt owens rees

    What is Mark Kent's contribution? Is he trying to influence the police in going after suspects with a Thai DNA. That would make sense. Blair got similarly involved with Dyfed police and the Bangkok ambassador to try to expedite the Kirsty Jones rape and murder. 13 years ago. Thailand is a sovereign state and its history suggests it does not take advice from foreigners – aid yes, advice no. Prayuth may be active behind the scenes. Chiangmai police are different now from before he took over. Do readers realise the relationship that exists between police and military?

  5. Rob Masters

    There must be a reason why the British government is sitting on the fence – why is there not major diplomatic pressure being brought to bear? If their own government won't support an investigation into these two tragic deaths, then what hope is there? It's utterly disgusting – both the ludicrous child-like blundering and posturing of the Thai police, and the offhand dismissal of it all by the British Government.

  6. John Baggs

    The Thai Police think that if they keep dragging their feet, it will just go away. Someone with money and power was definitely involved.

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