British student, 20, gang-raped by four men on balcony in Thailand after "boyfriend leaves her in a bar"


British student, 20, gang-raped by four men on balcony in Thailand after 'boyfriend left her in a bar' Attackers dragged the woman off the street as she came out of the barThey took her to a neighbouring building where she was found at 5amShe had been advised to leave the night spot because of her condition

By
Alex Gore and Andrew Drummond

PUBLISHED:

10:34 GMT, 18 February 2013

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UPDATED:

12:54 GMT, 18 February 2013

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Attacked: The British student, 20, was gang-raped in Nakhon Si Thammarat, southern Thailand

Attacked: The British student, 20, was gang-raped in Nakhon Si Thammarat, southern Thailand

A British student has been gang-raped by four men on a balcony in Thailand after being dragged off the street as she came out of a bar in the early hours of the morning.

The men had been driving around in a pick-up truck when they spotted the 20-year-old coming out of the popular night spot on Saturday morning.

Police said the girl was drunk and had been left by a fellow traveller from South Africa after both had been advised to leave the bar because of their condition.

The attackers dragged her to a balcony on the second floor of a neighbouring building, where she was found at 5am in tears.

The victim is thought to be from Fort
William, Invernesshire, and was attacked in the southern provincial
capital of Nakorn Sri Thammarat.

The student had only arrived two
weeks earlier and was waiting to hear if she had been successful after
applying for a job as a teacher.

The woman had earlier been in Rock 99
Bar in Thawang Market before heading to the Nakorn Vientiane Restaurant
– popular because it serves after hours drinks.

Police Lt. Col. Niti Boonjan, in
charge of the investigation said: ‘She had applied to be a teacher. She
was still waiting for the school to reply to her job application.

‘She had scratches on her body and
she was taken to hospital for forensic tests. She was found crying on
the second floor balcony.’

The woman was reportedly punched in the belly by her attackers, described as young men, when she tried to resist.

The region is home to around 85,000 people and lies 480 miles from the country's capital Bangkok.

But the area is far from a tourist hotspot however, meaning the beaches running along the eastern coastline of the Gulf of Thailand remain relatively untouched.

The country as a whole, however, remains popular with British tourists -particularly students – with tens of thousands visiting every year.

Destination: Thailand is popular with British tourists, particularly students, with thousands visiting every year

Destination: Thailand is popular with British tourists, particularly students, with thousands visiting every year