By The Nation
A Thai man has been charged in the rape and murder of a German tourist on Koh Si Chang.
Police on the island in Chon Buri claim Ronnakorn Romruen, 24, a resident of the island village of Moo 2, confessed to killing the woman after raping her to prevent her reporting the assault.
Ronnakorn was arrested on Sunday shortly after the body of Mariam Beelte, 27, was discovered under a pile of rocks near a stairway leading to a site where the flag of King Rama V is mounted.
Her neck was broken and there were indications she’d been struck with a hard object, probably a rock.
The body was taken to Police Hospital in Bangkok for an autopsy.
Police said Beelte was lodging in Pattaya, arrived on Si Chang at noon and rented a motorcycle.
They said Ronnakorn told them he’d approached her but she wouldn’t speak to him, so he followed her to a locale where he could assault her.