The sister of murdered backpacker Hannah Witheridge has revealed Thai officials callously told her parents to ‘just make another one’ after their daughter was raped and killed while on holiday.
In a scathing attack on Thailand and its officials, Laura Witheridge also claimed many Thais ‘hate westerners and they have little to no regard for human life’.
This was evidenced, she said, in some of the shockingly callous comments made by judges and court officials to her family during her sister’s killers’ trial last year.
The Mail of UK reports that in December, Burmese migrant workers Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Tun were sentenced to death for the killing of Ms Witheridge, 23, and David Miller, 24.
The British pair were found beaten to death on a beach on Koh Tao in December 2014, while Ms Witheridge, from Norfolk, had been raped.
In a Facebook post shared widely, Laura Witheridge labelled Thai officials ‘corrupt’ and claimed Thailand was not the beautiful and safe travel destination many believed it to be.
Among the questions court officials put to her family during the trial were: ‘Why are you here?’ and ‘why do you care?’
Shockingly, other individuals told the grieving family: ‘She is dead already; why are you so bothered? Just go home and make another one’ and ‘why are you making such a fuss, she will be back in 30 days as something else, she may have better luck next time.’
This, Laura claimed, was evidence of their ‘little regard for human life’.
She wrote: ‘Since Hannah was taken from us, I am continually asked whether I will warn the world about the dangers of Thailand.
‘Countless times, I have logged in to Facebook and seen statuses made by people who know both Hannah and I, who have gone out [to Thailand] anyway.
‘They think it wont happen to them. Well, guess what? Neither did we. No one is immune.
‘Many Thai’s hate Westerners and they have little to no regard for human life. I don’t say this lightly, or without reason. Let me share a few facts with you about this ‘beautiful’ place you speak of.
‘Many of the Thai people have no regard for human life. My evidence for this statement: firstly, some quotes of the things said to my bereaved, heart broken family by the judges and court officials at the trial of the two Burmese migrants.’
She went on to reveal that she had received death threats ‘from Thai people’ since her sister’s death and they had ‘defaced photographs of me saying that the killers had only done “half the job”.’