Trairat Changsanan is seen on CCTV after the British backpacker was raped
A young British backpacker was raped after passing out drunk on a Thai holiday island while celebrating the country’s new year, it emerged today.
The 21-year-old woman had travelled alone and was drinking with a male friend, from Ireland, on Koh Phi Phi off the coast of Krabi in southern Thailand on April 14.
Having taken part in mass water fights, they returned home in the early hours of the morning on April 15 but could not make it back to their hostel and slumped on the ground outside a restaurant.
At around 3am, local deck hand Trairat Changsanan walked by and allegedly used scissors to cut off the drunk woman’s denim shorts.
He said he then pulled away here underwear and raped her.
The tourist told police she woke up the next morning fearing she had been raped and contacted police who checked CCTV to trace the alleged attacker.
Changsanan was arrested on April 17 and allegedly confessed to the rape.
He was taken in handcuffs back to the scene of the attack where he pointed to the place where he allegedly raped the woman.
Changsanan told police he had been walking home after drinking and saw the woman sleeping and decided to rape her.
Changsanan allegedly admitted the attack to police, before pointing to the spot where he found the woman passed out after the country’s New Year celebrations
Changsanan was arrested on Wednesday and charged with rape and violent threatening behaviour against a person who in a state of inability to resist
Police Colonel Krissana Patanacharoen, the police deputy spokesman, said that the victim reported to the Koh Phi Phi police on Monday morning at 10am but could not identify the alleged rapist since she was very drunk.
He said: ‘She came with no actual evidence of the incident, so the investigators took her to the hospital for her body to be checked in order to find traces of sexual abuse.
‘Meanwhile, police officers went to the area to find possible evidence and check CCTV.’
Cameras outside the restaurant showed the alleged attack while others in the area showed him walking suspiciously.
The spokesman added: ‘He has been taken to Krabi Provincial Police and currently under the police custody.’
Officers said Changsanan was reprimanded for ‘damaging the image of tourism in the country’, which is hugely popular with British backpackers
Changsanan points to the CCTV camera which recorded him carrying out the attack in the early hours of April 14
Trairat now faces charges of rape and violent threatening behaviour against a person who in a state of inability to resist.
Officers said they ‘expressed their condolences’ to the alleged victim and slammed the suspect for ‘damaging the image of tourism in the country’.
They said that the young woman had been drinking alcoholic drinks from a bucket until the bar closed at 1am.
She initially could not remember anything about the incident when she woke up because she was ‘drunk and sleeping’.
The attack is said to have happened during Thailand’s Songkran new year celebrations, which originally began as a sedate annual festival in which water was sprinkled on elderly residents for good luck.
Thailand is the world’s most popular destination for British backpackers and Koh Phi Phi (pictured) is notorious as a party island
But in recent years they have developed into a three day long booze-fuelled festival which attracts holidaymakers from around the world – often drawn in by party promotions in the the cities and islands.
Police have tried to crack down on heavy drinking during the national holiday and encourage women to ‘dress conservatively’ to reduce the risk of sexual assaults.
Tourists have also been warned about lewd behaviour during the period.
The alleged rape is now the latest harrowing crime to hit the popular tourist destination.
Earlier this month a German backpacker, Miriam Beelte, was raped and murdered on the island of Koh Si Chang.
While in September last year, a British tourist, 18, claimed she was drugged, stripped, robbed and raped on Sairee Beach in Koh Tao.
She was later threatened with being banned from the country for making the complaint.