Thai Police investigating the murders of Hannah Witheridge and David Miller on the island of Koh Tao announced a breakthrough in the murder hunt today today as they questioned the brother of a local island politician – and sought the son of another.
But they denied any mafia link and stressed they had not brought charges.
Police General Panya Mamen, Head of the Thai Police, Southern Region said:
“We expect a result within 48 hours as DNA samples have been sent off for testing but we are confident in this latest turn in the investigation.”
|McAnna’s picture of Montrivet – left|
‘Suspect’ (Montrivet Toovichien) the manager of the AC Club on Sairee Beach, Koh Tao, and brother of a local head man presented himself for investigation. He was later released.
He is understood to have denied allegations made by Scot Sean McAnna who yesterday fled the island.
Thai newspapers have already started tp discredit the Scottish musician.
The second suspect is allegedly the son of a village headman in Koh Tao. He is believed to have fled to Bangkok.
Police earlier said the men are believed to have been in a bar and involved or watching a confrontation involving the British woman (Hannah) and followed the tourists as they left.
It was stressed that no men have been charged,
Police had also re-interviewed other staff from the AC club.
Sean McAnna,26, from Shotts, Lanarkshire, gave interviews yesterday described how he was chased out of the AC bar on Sairee beach Koh Samui after being accused of being the murderer.
“They just said to me, ‘It was you who killed them. You’ve got two people’s deaths on your hands. We know it was you. You’re going to hang yourself tonight and we are going to watch you hang. You die tonight’.
“So I just ran. I just left and ran.”
“I genuinely thought that I was going to die. I genuinely thought that this was me dead.“They wouldn’t have shot me, they would have taken me up into the hills to hang me and make it look like it was a suicide.
“I was so scared. I just didn’t want that to be it. I told my mum I loved her and that I would try to make it home
|Montrivet left on the beach with police during the investigation|
He said he hid in a local convenience store and refused to leave despite goading by his pursuers.
He has since fled allegedly to be with his girlfriend in Milan, Italy, but may be in a secure area.
But police secured a warrant and today searched the AC bar, from where he had been chased. after securing a warrant.
Today the Daily Record revealed that McAnna, a musician and busker, was found guilty last year at Hamilton Sheriff Court of possessing indecent images of children and sentenced to a 170 hour community payback order. But today it looks like he stirred a hornet’s nest.
Police General Police General Somyot Phumphanmuang , adviser to the Royal Thai Police brushed off mafia stories saying: “If there are mafias local people would have told the police about it.”
But village headmen in Thailand are traditionally can often be the local mafia bosses, the most famous of all Kanman Pok in the Thai province of, Bang Saen, Chonburi was convicted of murder years ago, and hardly spent a day in prison.
But the General added that Thai Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha called him everyday to check progress in the investigation.
Thailand’s military ruler has said he is determined to root our corruption in the Thai police force.
If the current suspects are charged it leaves police to explain why for seven days they did not investigate properly what happened at the AC Club before Hannah and David left. In normal circumstances it should have been the starting point for an investigation. Further why did police let Hannah’s friends go so quickly?
But police would need a lot more to go on than the allegations of McAnna who admitted he had had a lot to drink before the incident happened and once again.
And until a DNA match is in the bag it has become difficult to trust either reports in the Thai media or individual policemen.
UPDATE: Police have now ruled the two men questioned out of the investigation and DNA testing has shown no match.