THE sister of a British backpacker brutally murdered on the Thai holiday island of Koh Tao has launched a scathing attack on Thai authorities on Facebook.
Laura Witheridge’s sister Hannah and another British backpacker were found bludgeoned to death on a beach on the idyllic Thai island in September 2014. Two Burmese migrants have been sentenced to death for the murders amid allegations of torture and mismanagement of the case by Thai police.
Monday’s Facebook post by Laura Witheridge, which followed the death of another British backpacker on Koh Tao last week, is the most candid statement yet by a member of the murdered backpackers’ families.
In a paragraph that has since been removed from the Facebook post, Witheridge wrote:
“Some of the things said to my bereaved, heart-broken family by the judges and court officials at the trial of the two Burmese migrants-
* ‘why are you here? Why do you care? She is dead already’
* ‘why are you so bothered? Just go home and make another one’
* ‘why are you making such a fuss. She will be back in 30 days as something else, she may have better luck next time.’
— KristoferA (@KristoferA) January 12, 2016
The post goes onto say that many Thais “hate westerners” and the “vast majority of police are corrupt”. The provocative post also states that she has received death threats “from Thai people”, has been sent crime scene photos and has been “chased in her car”.
“What if I told you that I am now frightened of my own shadow? That I am constantly looking over my shoulder? That I am exhausted, but frightened to sleep because of the nightmares? I miss my sister desperately. My heart is heavy and my mind is tired,” Witheridge wrote.