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The 'Hi 5' Villa where the body was found at a Phuket resort today

UPDATE Phuket Murder Hunt Underway: French Tourist Battered to Death in Resort Villa

Friday, April 18, 2014
UPDATING All Day, Every Day

PHUKET police are hunting for a Thai man and woman seen entering the Frenchman's villa earlier today before his body was found, officers said this evening as a murder pursuit for the pair extended across the island.

Original Report

PHUKET: The body of a 37-year-old French tourist was found battered to death at a Phuket resort today, sparking a murder investigation.

Police were called to the Morakot Resort in the southern Phuket district of Rawai about 1.45pm.

The owner of the resort called officers after finding the man's body under a bed in a resort villa.

''He arrived alone on March 6 and booked until April 21,'' the owner told police from Chalong Police Station.

Officers said the man's body was cut and bleeding and he appeared to have been battered or bludgeoned to death. He was dressed in shorts but no shirt.

The man's computer was missing, the resort owner said.

Police believe the killing took place over a woman, during a theft or because of a personal conflict.

Forensics police were checking the '' Hi 5'' villa for clues this afternoon.

The man's body was taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital in Phuket City.

Phuketwan has been supplied with the man's name but is withholding publication until relatives have been notified.

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What a terribly ironic name for the villa, Hi 5. Too many tourists dying of unnatural causes. High fives to the police, if they can catch the perpetrator(s).

Posted by Dean on April 18, 2014 21:37

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I appreciated the police have to look at any or all avenues of enquiry but if it was a bungled burglary that they went there as thieves and left as murderers whats Thailand coming to, I suspect theres another motive.

Posted by slickmelb on April 19, 2014 18:18

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one perpetrator Burmese camp worker now caught and confessed to a planned aggravated burglary (intended to rob whilst owner home) they left as murderers not as aggravated burglars for a laptop so the motive was always theft and some sort of thrill bashing.

Posted by slickmelb on April 26, 2014 20:14


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