'Spare my daughter's killers'

Last updated at 09:25 16 January 2006

The mother of a British backpacker raped and murdered in Thailand said she does not want her daughter's killers to be executed, it emerged today.

Elizabeth Horton said she believes Bualoi Posit, 23, and Wichai Somkhaoyai, 24, should instead spend the rest of their lives behind bars for the savage attack they inflicted on her 21-year-old daughter, Katherine.

The two men are to learn their fate in a Surat Thani court room on Wednesday after pleading guilty to rape and murder.

They could be sentenced to life imprisonment or execution.

Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has called for the death sentence to be served in order to restore the country's damaged reputation.

Mrs Horton, of Thornhill, Cardiff, told a newspaper: "I've never believed in the death penalty, but I believe life means life.

"A life sentence would be appropriate. I don't agree with taking anyone's life and Katherine wouldn't believe in that either. I don't think that serves any purpose.

"If they are behind bars until they die it will stop it happening to anyone else."

Katherine Horton was staying on the island of Koh Samui with university pal Ruth Adams when tragedy


In the evening of New Year's Day, she was attacked by the two Thai fishermen as she spoke to her mother on her mobile phone.

Mrs Horton heard a scream before the line went dead.

Her daughter's battered body was found floating in Lamai Bay the following day by a jet-skier. Miss Horton's funeral is to take place in Cardiff on Tuesday.

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