6 June 2024
The mother of the British backpacker who claimed she was drugged, raped and robbed on Koh Tao island in Surat Thani in June, said she was ready to fly to Thailand to file a complaint with the police on the behalf of her daughter.

In a Facebook livestream interview with Suthichai Yoon of Thai PBS on Monday night, she said she would never allow her daughter to return to Thailand again but would represent her in filing a complaint with the Thai police, claiming that she has the DNA evidence of the perpetrator.

She also disclosed that she had contacted the British Embassy in Bangkok and the British ambassador agreed to meet with her to discuss the alleged rape case and assured her of her safety while staying in Thailand.

According to the Thai police, the British tourist could return to lodge a formal complaint within three months after the alleged incident took place.

However, Pol Maj Gen Surachet Hakparn, deputy commissioner of Tourist Police Bureau, who was appointed by the national police chief to oversee the case, said police had not found any evidence or information that would substantiate the rape claim.