18-year-old British tourist raped on Koh Tao

The blonde woman said she had been partying with Buaga the night of the alleged incident

A French man has been arrested on suspicion of raping an 18-year-old British tourist in a popular Thai holiday resort.

Yohan Michael Tunka Buaga, 26, was tracked down by Thai police after the female traveller alleged he had drugged and raped her on the island of Koh Tao last Wednesday.

The blonde woman, from West Sussex, had been partying with the man and two friends on the notorious holiday spot that evening.

But she told police she woke up the next morning to find the suspect pleasuring himself in his boxer shorts next to her half-naked body.

She suspected she had been drugged after feeling a pain in her genitals and contacted friends back in Britain before admitting herself to hospital.

Staff at the hospital then put her in touch with local police – who began a frantic search to find Buaga.

Yohan Michael Tunka Buaga allegedly raped the girl on the island of Koh Tao in Thailand
Yohan Michael Tunka Buaga allegedly raped the girl on the island of Koh Tao in Thailand

Working alongside British diplomats, the cops went with the alleged victim back to the hotel room – but found the suspect had already checked out.

They eventually tracked down Buaga to neighbouring island Koh Samui on Saturday afternoon and arrested him on the spot.

The alleged victim claims she had been drinking in a bar before starting to feel drunk at around 11.30pm.

Buaga, of African descent, denies rape and is being held in custody for questioning.

He claims the sex was consensual and showed officers selfies the pair had taken the evening before.

Buaga was tracked down to neighbouring Koh Samui on Saturday and arrested on the spot
Buaga was tracked down to neighbouring Koh Samui on Saturday and arrested on the spot

Koh Tao became known as 'death island' after a spate of tourist deaths in recent years
Koh Tao became known as ‘death island’ after a spate of tourist deaths in recent years

He was pictured arriving at Koh Samui police station on Saturday afternoon in a French football shirt.

Pol.Lt. Piyapong Boonkeo from Surat Thani province police said: ‘Mr Yohan Michael Tunka Buaga was arrested on April 7. The lawsuit has been filed with the Samui Provincial Court.

‘The suspect has stated that he is a police officer in France and came to Koh Tao. He said he found a girl in a bar.

‘When they talked to each other, they went to the room but he says he did not force any molestation.

‘Koh Tao police detained the accused in Koh Samui to be sent to the Samui Provincial Court to face allegations of rape.’

Koh Tao gained the grim moniker ‘death island’ following a large number of unexplained deaths of young foreign tourists on the island. – Mailonline



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