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Thai death revives painful memory

Picture of Kirsty Jones' mother Sue
Sue Jones said the first inquiry into her daughter's death was 'botched'

The mother of a backpacker murdered in Thailand five years ago has urged Thai police to ensure they run a 'proper' inquiry into Katherine Horton's death.

Sue Jones said she hoped authorities had learnt from the 'botched' investigation into the murder of her own daughter, Kirsty, in August 2000.

Kirsty Jones, 23, from Tredomen, near Brecon, was found raped and murdered at a guest house in the north of Thailand.

Her killer has never been found. The inquiry has been severely criticised.

Police in Thailand have launched a murder investigation after Cardiff student Katherine Horton, 21, was found drowned off the island of Koh Samui, on Monday.

Kirsty Jones
Kirsty Jones was three months into a two-year trip when she died

Ms Jones mother, Sue Jones, said news of Ms Horton's killing had reawakened the horror and devastation of her own daughter's murder.

She said: "My heart really goes out to the family. It's the last thing you expect to hear, the very last.

"It brings back all the memories of exactly how it was just over five years ago for us."

She said she wanted to see the Thai authorities conduct "a proper investigation, right from start to finish" into Ms Horton's killing with "every avenue explored," particularly involving any DNA evidence.

New inquiry promised

"Just leave no stone unturned to find whoever did this. Don't go and make the same mistakes that were made when Kirsty was murdered," she said.

Previous investigations into Ms Jones' murder have been criticised by the Jones family because the Royal Thai Police failed to seal off Ms Jones' bedroom, allowing forensic evidence to be contaminated.

Sue Jones said: "The investigation was fairly well botched from the start. There were an awful lots of mistakes made and hopefully they will have learnt not to make those same mistakes again this time."

Liverpool University graduate Kirsty Jones was three months into a two-year round-the-world trip when she was murdered.

In August last year, Sue Jones and her son Gareth visited the travellers' hostel in Chiang Mai where her daughter was killed and laid a wreath.

Meanwhile, Thai prosecutors have agreed to re-investigate her murder.



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