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Last Updated: Thursday, 4 August 2005, 17:31 GMT 18:31 UK
'I was drunk' says Phuket killer
Paul Chetwynd-Talbot
Paul Chetwynd-Talbot says the pair were arguing
The former boyfriend of a teacher found dead in Thailand has told the BBC he killed her when he was drunk.

The body of Debra O'Hanlon, 31, from Kettering, Northamptonshire, was found at a guesthouse in Phuket on Tuesday.

Paul Chetwynd-Talbot, 32, of Bristol, who gave himself up to police on Wednesday, said they were both drunk when they had a "stupid" argument.

He told BBC East's Sally Chidzoy he believes Miss O'Hanlon's neck broke when he threw her on a bed.

"Ten minutes earlier we were with friends laughing and joking in the pub. The room in which she was found in was covered in blood - all of that blood was mine. I didn't want to carry on living.

I walked towards the bathroom, she slapped me, I grabbed her hand and tossed her onto the bed.
Paul Chetwynd-Talbot

"What I've done can't be put into words.

"We were both drunk. It was just a stupid argument. I walked towards the bathroom, she slapped me, I grabbed her hand and tossed her onto the bed. Her face hit the headboard, I think I broke her neck."

He said if he had to spend the rest of his life doing something to try and make Miss O' Hanlon's life worthwhile, he would.

After Mr Chetwynd-Talbot was arrested Thai police said he had tried to slash his wrists after Miss O'Hanlon's death.

On Thursday morning, BBC Asia correspondent Jonathan Head said: "Thai police are saying he came into the police station and admitted he'd beaten her.

"Apparently he was quite distraught and had slashed his wrists some time before."

He remains in police custody in hospital.

Paul Chetwynd-Talbot and Debra O'Hanlon
Paul Chetwynd-Talbot was a former boyfriend of Debra O'Hanlon

Police said Miss O'Hanlon, who taught at a school in Cambridgeshire, had a broken neck and stab wounds to the head.

Officers said it appeared that she had struggled with her attacker in the beach resort of Patong.

Friends of Miss O'Hanlon reported her missing after she failed to keep an appointment on Sunday. She had been due to fly back to Britain on Tuesday.

On Wednesday Miss O'Hanlon's father, Malcolm, said the family was too distressed to speak about her death.

Her mother Patricia and sister Julie were being comforted at the family home in Wellingborough.




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