Australian murdered in national park

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Subject: Australian murdered in national park
From: "Victor Yue" <>
Date: Sat, 5 Feb 2000 23:27:37 +0800
Hi folks,
You might already have read this news ...

Australian murdered in national park
Woman companion seriously injured

Subin Khuenkaew, Chiang Mai

Two men shot dead an Australian camper and severely injured his female companion
at a national park in Fang district early yesterday.

Kelvin Bourke, 24, was killed and Sheri MacFarlane, 26, suffered a serious head
injury when hit with a rifle butt during the 1am attack at Doi Angkhang national
park. The two Australians were camping by a stream. Police took in two male
teenagers found in the area for questioning soon after the attack, but they were
charged only with drug possession after Ms MacFarlane told the police they were
not the assailants.

The woman said she recognised her attackers who fled with two cameras, two
watches and 600 baht.

Regional Police Bureau 5 chief Pol Lt-Gen Aram Chanpen said Ms MacFarlane told
investigators she and her boyfriend travelled to Chiang Mai to visit her brother
who was married to a Thai woman in Fang and had been camping in the park for two
days while bird-watching.

Mr Bourke was shot dead after resisting the robbery attempt and she was hit on
the head by the assailants while trying to escape.

Ms MacFarlane was being treated at Fang district hospital.


Victor Yue

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