Man charged for death of Swiss tourist in Thailand: What you need to know
Thai police have charged a 27-year-old man for the death of a Swiss tourist, who was found on the resort island of Phuket last week. The victim, Nicole Sauvain-Weisskopf, 57, was found face down in the water covered by a black sheet, with her phone, shorts, and trainers nearby. The man charged has been identified as Theerawut Tortip.
Theerawut told the police that he killed the woman and stole from her. He said, "I would like to apologize to the family of the tourist and plead for all Thais to forgive me.”
He was identified by the police after CCTV footage showed him near the crime scene at the same time the victim was there. After further investigation police concluded that Theerawut was the culprit. Thailand recently opened its borders for fully vaccinated tourists, and this incident can prove to be a setback to the recovering tourism industry of the country.
Thailand's foreign minister last week contacted the Swiss counterpart to give condolences over the death of Nicole. The Swiss government acknowledged in the media about the murder of a Swiss citizen but did not reveal further details about the incident.