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Friday, 11 August, 2000, 04:06 GMT 05:06 UK
Trips that turned to tragedy
Chiag Mai, Thailand
Thailand is a popular destination for backpackers
Kirsty Jones, killed in a hostel in Thailand, is the latest in the line of British backpackers who have died in violent confrontations abroad.

Around 200,000 young people leave Britain each year to go backpacking.

While most enjoy the experience of a lifetime, a number have died in violent confrontations in faraway countries.

Shirine Harburn, 30, of West Sussex, was murdered while on a backpacking trip to China.

She was stabbed to death on Paomao Mountain in the Western Sichuan Province.

Shirine Harburn
Shirine Harburn: Stabbed to death in China
Her body was discovered on 11 May.

In 1996, Jo Masheder, a newly-qualified solicitor, was killed when she embarked on a backpacking trip to Thailand.

She was pushed to her death in a ravine by a drug-addicted monk.

Ms Masheder, 23, from Cheshire, died just hours before she was due to fly home for Christmas.

Yodchart Suephoo, who was sentenced to death for the murder, pushed her to her death after stealing 12 and a camera from her.

Frenzied attack

In April 1996, Gawen Whalley was killed in a Sydney suburb in a frenzied and unprovoked attack by a 13-year-old boy.

Mr Whalley, a 22-year-old university graduate, from Kingston, Dorset, went to Australia in September 1995 on a working holiday.

He got a job at a stationery factory to finance a backpacking tour of Australia and had been due to leave Sydney within days of the attack.

As he left work one night, he was stabbed seven times in the head, neck and chest by the boy who was said to be prone to violent mood swings.

The youth later pleaded guilty to murder.

Serial killer

In April 1992, Joanne Walters, 22, from Maesteg, south Wales, and her friend Caroline Clarke, 22, of Northumberland, were killed by an Australian serial killer Ivan Milat.

Their bodies were found in makeshift graves in the Belanglo State Forest in New South Wales between September 1992 and November 1993.

Ivan Milat
Ivan Milat: Killed two Britons backpacking in Australia
Milat was sentenced to life in July 1996 for murdering seven backpackers.

Another Briton, Celena Bridge, 27, disappeared in July 1998, shortly after she arrived in the outback town of Maleny, north of Brisbane, Queensland.

She disappeared while on a three-month tour of Australia to study birds and eco-systems.

Linda Vockins, 35, of Burghfield Heath, near Reading, Berkshire, was raped and beaten to death in the Philippines in 1996.

She had avoided travelling in Thailand because her family feared for her safety there.

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