Man ‘murders tourist swimming in remote waterfall’ and steals £6.50

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A Swiss tourist was murdered and robbed at a resort on the island of Phuket, Thailand while visiting a remote but popular waterfall.

Police arrested a 27-year-old man and charged with murder and robbery after he allegedly strangled the 57-year-old woman before stealing 300 baht (£6.50) from her.

The tourist who has been identified as Nicole Sauvain-Weisskopf was found dead on Thursday near a remote but popular waterfall in the south of Phuket.

Her shorts, a smartphone, and her passport were found near to her body, which had been at the waterfall for no more than three days.

According to Swiss media, the man had been in the area nearby to the woman collecting exotic plants when he spotted Nicole swimming at the waterfall and attempted to steal her belongings.

At that point, an argument allegedly broke out which likely led to the woman’s death, police alleged.

The man then took off with her cash from her backpack after covering the body with a black tarpaulin.

Police for the southern region of Thailand said the man had confessed during interrogation, reports.

Krisana Pattanacharoen, a deputy police spokesman said: "Police have charged the offender for murder and robbery causing death.

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"The cause of death has yet to be confirmed and an autopsy has yet to be released."

On the day of his arrest, the man said: "I would like to apologise to the tourist’s family and beg all Thais to excuse me."

The woman was in Thailand as part of the country’s new "Phuket Sandbox" scheme which has been introduced to allow vaccinated tourists back to the resort island.

With tourism being such a crucial industry to Thailand, the scheme hopes to boost the dire numbers in Phuket that has been recorded since the Covid-19 pandemic began.

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