Thai police refuse to charge ‘pirates’ with murder of British man

March 28, 2009

Linda and Malcolm Robertson were sailing near the island of Koh Dong (ChattahBox) — Thai prosecutors have officially told Linda Robertson that the Burmese ‘pirates’ who beat her husband to death with a hammer could not be prosecuted for murder. She was told that without a body (he was thrown overboard during the attack), no such charge could be brought, even though the boat was covered with her husband’s blood. The trio of migrant fishermen, aged 17 to 19, have confessed to beating to death the 64-year-old Malcolm Robertson with a hammer when they tried to rob his 44ft yacht, Mr Bean.

The attack took place on Tuesday morning close to Bintang Island, 600 miles south of the Thai capital, Bangkok. Despite three days of searching by authorities and fishermen, Mr Robertson’s remains have not been found. After testifying twice, recounting step-by-step how she heard her husband being murdered, and how she stepped in his blood before making a final escape (she was held captive for 10 hours), she said she was shocked by the court’s decision. Under Thai law, murder charges can only be brought if a body is found.  The three fishermen, have been charged with theft, assault and kidnap.



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