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Two Thought Linked To Tourist Death

August 13, 2000

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) _ Police have arrested an Australian tourist and an Irish co-owner of a backpackers’ guesthouse where a British woman was found raped and strangled to death, police said Sunday.

Andrew James Till, 31, was arrested Saturday when he came back to the guesthouse after being missing since Thursday when the woman’s body was discovered, police said.

Till co-owns the Aree Guesthouse in the northern hill resort of Chiang Mai where Kirsty Jones, 24, was killed. Chiang Mai is 400 miles north of Bangkok.

Stuart Norman, an Australian backpacker who was staying at the guesthouse, was arrested on drug possession charges, the police said. Heroin and marijuana were found in Norman’s room. Two Thai men also are in custody.

Till was apparently the last person to have been seen on Wednesday night with Jones, a native of Wales.

No murder charge has been filed against Till, but he is being kept in custody on charges of living in Thailand with an expired British passport, police said.

On Wednesday night, guests had heard sounds of a struggle and screams from Jones’ room. But no one interfered, thinking it was a lovers’ quarrel.

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