Saturday, January 9, 2016

Saturday, January 09, 2016
Another Brit 'living the life' ends it in controversial Thai tourist destination.

Another Briton has been found dead on the Thai holiday island of Koh Tao and has been named as Luke Miller of Newport, Isle of Wight. 

Miller is reported to have died yesterday after jumping into the pool attached to the Sunset bar and restaurant .

Police say they suspect no foul play.

Police Lt Col Napha Senathip, an investigative officer at Koh Tao Police Station, is quoted by the Khao Sod newspaper as saying: 

“He must have climbed to the roof of a [nearby] DJ booth, jumped off, and his head hit the swimming pool floor, killing him.”

Police added that he may have been intoxicated at the time. There were cuts on  his hands from they believe barbed wire as he climbed onto a DJs booth.

Miller had last posted on Facebook on December 31st New Year’s Eve after being chastised for his wild behaviour.

Luke was travelling with two friends who called themselves the ‘Three Musketeers’ for a five week holiday in Thailand and was clearly excited by the prospect.

He had even posted his travel booking.

In his last post he wrote as if he was travelling to the Full Moon party on Koh Phangan:

 “Can honestly say this new year I am living the dream of to the full moon party on a speed boat drink cocktails strawberry daiquiris living life to the full yolo so let's do this”.

A crowd funding site to repatriate Miller’s body had today raised over £4,000 of its £5000 target.

Koh Tao is of course where Hannah Witheridge from Norfolk and David Miller from Jersey were murdered last year and where questions still surround the death of Nick Pearson, 25, from Derby, who is reported to have drowned after falling into rocks last year.  His parents believe the circumstances of his death were covered up.

On New Year’s Eve 2013/4 Stephen Ashton was shot dead on Koh Phangan when he was caught up in a fight between rival Thai groups.

Miller’s Facebook posts suggest there is no change to the free drugs culture on the island which is controlled by local Mafia who control local police.

Koh Tao is in the same district as Koh Phangan and is police from the larger island.

The FCO has stated that is it giving consular assistance to the family.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office gives the following warning for travellers to the Koh Samui Archipelago, but few seem to take the advice or even read it.

"Western tourists including British nationals have been victims of vicious, unprovoked attacks by individuals and gangs in Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao (the Samui archipelago). In January 2013 a British national was killed in a shooting incident while at a beach party in Haad Rin on Koh Phanang and in September 2014, 2 British nationals were killed in Tao.
Violent sexual assaults and robberies against both men and women are reported regularly in the Koh Samui archipelago and Krabi province. These are particularly common during the monthly Full Moon parties and generally occur late at night near bars.
Tourists have also been robbed after bringing visitors to their hotel rooms. In some cases their drinks were drugged. Be careful about taking drinks from strangers and at clubs and parties, particularly in Koh Samui, Pattaya and at the Full Moon party on Koh Phangan, where date rapes have been reported.
Attacks have also occurred in other tourist districts in Thailand including Chiang Mai, Pattaya and Krabi. In light of the risk of unprovoked attacks you should be cautious and take care, especially at night.
Alcohol and drugs can lead to you being less alert, less in control and less aware of your environment resulting in accidents, injuries, robbery, assaults and lost travel documents. If you drink, know your limit. Drinks served in bars overseas are often stronger than those in the UK. Some British nationals in Thailand have suffered severe psychiatric problems because of drug use, resulting in some suicides."


Lancashirelad said...

So, in sum, the Koh Tao mafia control the island - including the police. I guess its safe to say that the mafia: -
(a) consists of a handful of local families; and
(b) control the selling of alcohol and the bars on the island - plus the supply of other "substances."
And all the time the local cops dance to their tune.
Disgusting, disgraceful state of affairs.

Horizons said...

Regrets to family and friends on a life cut short.

Steam Punk said...

Kho Tao seems like a good place to avoid!

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Roger Banner said...

Some travellers come to Thailand thinking its a place where anything goes. Those are the ones who usually end up in trouble

Bob Kneale said...

I think you're right, it seems to be full of out of control, drunk junkies.

Megalodon said...

No Boob, it seems to be full of out of control, corrupt cops.

TheJibbajabba12 said...

Lived in Thailand 5 years, I HATED! the police over there, not 1 honest, hard working one amongst them. Lazy and corrupt as you can get.
went in a bar one night to see four Thai police officers drinking two bottles of Sang-Som (rum) and a bottle of red, and after they had finished went on patrol.
In the local papers (another day) a supposed off duty Thai officer was drunk in a bar where his girlfriend worked, started playing around with his gun and showed his GF one of the manoeuvres they do which involves a sort of headlock and putting the gun to their head. He had took the magazine out, but didn't take out the remaining bullet that's left inside the barrel. Pulled the trigger, blew his GF's head off and through his hand.........
I could be here all day typing about these things I've witnessed, read and heard about, but it angers me too much just to think about. Like I said never came across a decent, hard, honest working police officer because they don't want any. Do you know that for them to get a higher position in rank (same in their military) they just have to pay for it? Yeah! that's right, you don't earn it by doing your actual job and doing heroic things like risking your own life to save another, nope! non of that, just have the money.
What I just said was all off topic. I think this lad was reckless and lost his life because of it, that happens a lot as well, most commonly from drink driving because you don't need a licence for riding a scooter, you just have to show your passport.
It's a different world over there and although the locals don't use it, use your COMMON SENSE, you'll live longer. It isn't a place to let your hair down, let it down when you arrive back.

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cooked said...

Yeah Jibbajabba, that's why some of us avoid Pattay, Phuket and all those places that you have to be stupid to want to stay in. Did you ever spend more than a week up country somewhere?

D. Farang said...

They often add kratom and deet (insect repellent) to the buckets of booze.

Forewarned is forearmed, for the tiny minority of proactive young travelers..

Most of these warnings fall on deaf ears..

The Darwin Awards

Barry Allan said...

Why is your website blocked in Thailand. ? I had to wait to return home to see it. !

Nichola Gissing said...

My friend didn't think this and he ended up beaten and dumped into a swimming pool. So please keep your sweeping uneducated opinions to yourself

Nichola Gissing said...

Locals or tourists? Have you ever been Bob?

Unknown said...

Ive been and its beautiful. I didnt sense any mafia controlled areas but if the place is full of vociferous, out of control drunks, then this will inevitably happen. It wasnt when I went, but it was a few years ago and it may have changed.

The islanders will always back each other up and have a zero tolerance approach to cocky backpackers. It happens in European holiday resorts like Malia, Kardamena and Laganas to name but a few.

Thais seem to try and reproduce this 'full moon party' type event on alot of the islands

Thats not to say that any 'mafia' played any part in any of these tragic stories, particularly the Hannah & David case which is just awful. I watched a documentary on the other cases though, and I only felt that they were accidents. I didnt get a feeling of any foul play. Just coincidence, but I could be wrong.