Local holding hoe identical to murder weapon

 Insensitive locals linked to tourism on the Thai holiday island of Phuket are continuing to post questionable pictures on the social media which might make foreigners ill at ease and are open to misconception.

One particular man about town has posted a picture of himself holding a garden hoe, identical to the weapon that was used to kill Hanna Witheridge,  with the caption: ‘If you come late expect trouble from me.”

He also posts another picture taken of Sean McAnna at the local Sairee Beach transvestites show the Queen’s Cabarat, dressed in women’s underwear with the caption: ‘ Are you good or evil? Why did you drag our island down?’

The author is trying to be funny but has a nasty streak. Men dressing up as women is party of the Koh Tao Pub Crawl routine – a sort of Thai Club 18-30.

Murder weapon

The Koh Tao Pub Crawl is an organised binge drinking tour which operates on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. For a fixed fee punters get a free T-shirt, discount coupons, and free buckets of booze.

Sean McAnna in drag on the Koh Tao Pub Crawl

In fact Hannah Witheridge and her three friends had signed up for the Koh Tao Pub Crawl on September 12th when, as usual, more than a few locals tagged along as well.

The pub crawl starts from Choppers bar – the last bar Hannah Witheridge and David Miller were pictured in before their murder.

Hannah and friends on the Koh Thao Pub Crawl

Other pictures show the poster selling chicken wrapped in banana leaves to sell and on boat tours with foreigners.

A local source describe the poster as a ‘jack of all trades’ who had helped boat operators, and rented ATVs (all-terrain vehicles) to tourists and fixed motorbikes. His friends include the island’s disco jockeys.

It seems clear from the post that McAnna, 28, from Shotts, Lanarkshire, was right to get off the island in a hurry after posting pictures of two Thais who he said accused him of being the murderer and who followed him out of a bar to a local convenience store.

Men dressing up as women actually is part of  Pub Crawl routine –

“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.”

Of the two men involved once has been reported to have been cleared by DNA – and the second was a policeman. Police have denied there are mafia groups on the island.

Because sand gets up your bum he says

The focus in the Thai media has now turned to McAnna, who it is alleged was covered in blood at the time of the alleged murder – and police have been investigating in the Lotus Bar on the island where this incident was actually reported and staff allegedly helped him clean himself up.

The killers’ DNA is Asian. But that does not seem to have stopped police enquiries also focusing on Sean McAnna.

The latest pictures indicate a sub-culture on Koh Tao of local 
‘cool’ movers and shakers seeking western women.
Wanna come on our boat trip?


  1. I have a lot of younger Thai male friends and a lot of the 'nak leng' นักเลง (gangster) attitude is just an act. Like young people everywhere they tend to idolize the worst aspects of farang culture like gangsta rap. Posting stupid or tasteless photos online isn't confined to Thais. The high ranking gangsters are all Chinese or Chinese/Thai, these beach boy types are usually poor transients, earning wherever they can.

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