The body of a British tourist allegedly bludgeoned to death with a hammer and thrown overboard while sailing in Thailand was found by a fisherman today.
Three Burmese migrants have been accused of slitting the throat of 64-year-old Malcolm Robertson and throwing his body overboard when they raided his yacht as he sailed with wife Linda off the Andaman sea coast.
The body was later identified by police as Robertson, the spokesman said.
It was discovered near Koh Adang, an island off the coast of Satun province, about 600 miles south of Bangkok.
Thai police arrested and charged three fishermen from neighbouring Burma on Tuesday with murder and robbery.
They allegedly confessed to climbing aboard the yacht, beating Robertson with a hammer and throwing his body overboard after he found them trying to steal a dinghy.
They then forced Robertson’s wife Linda, 57, to steer the yacht to shore, police said.
They fled in a raft when they saw Thai national park employees passing by in a boat, it is claimed.
Robertson, who was stripped and tied up below deck for hours, escaped with minor injuries, police said.
The retired couple had been sailing their yacht, Bean, from Phuket to the Malaysian island of Langkawi.
Police said the migrants tried to steal the raft because they were desperate to go ashore after having been forced to work for months at sea.
Police said they were still investigating the claims.