An investigation into the death of a British tourist in Koh Phangan has been branded “medieval” by a coroner.
Sussex coroner Alan Craze made the criticism at the inquest into the death of Andrew Apperley, whose body was found on the island of Koh Phangan.
Thai investigating officer Suteep Chadakan had given Mr Apperley’s cause of death as asphyxiation by drowning.
But Mr Craze said the cause of death was unascertained because of poor information provided to him.
At the hearing in Eastbourne, Mr Craze also said a toxicology report carried out by the Thai authorities was “medieval“.
Because of the extent the body had decomposed by the time British pathologists could carry out their own examination, they were unable to find a clear cause of death, the court heard.
In a statement read out by Mr Craze, police captain Chadakan said a post-mortem examination found no signs of trauma or external wound consistent with a struggle.
However, the family previously told the BBC they were pressing the Thai authorities to investigate further because they suspected foul play.
They had found text messages on his phone dating from 13 February, suggesting he felt in danger, they said.
Mr Craze recorded an open conclusion on the cause of his death.
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