PHUKET: — An Australian woman has been stabbed to death in a suspected bag-snatch gone wrong on the popular holiday island of Phuket in Thailand.
The woman was walking with a friend near their hotel complex in Kata Noi Bay, on Phuket’s west coast, about 10.30pm last night when they were attacked by two men who approached them on a motorbike.
The men attempted to steal the handbags of the women and lashed out with a knife when they couldn’t grab them.
Ms Yone, a supervisor at the five-star Katathani Phuket Beach Resort where the women were staying, said this morning that one of the women was stabbed in the heart and died soon after.
The other woman suffered a slash wound to her arm and was taken to hospital in Phuket.
A spokeswoman for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said Thai police had launched an investigation into the woman’s death.
‘‘We are aware of the death of an Australian woman in Thailand and are providing consular assistance to her family and to the other woman involved in the incident,’’ she said.
‘‘It would not be appropriate to discuss the case further while a police investigation is in progress.’’
It is believed the woman was aged 60 and an experienced traveller who had spent a lot of time in south-east Asia.
The two women were part of a group of 10 travel agents from Perth who arrived in Thailand on Monday.
"They were attacked by the men on the street," Ms Yone said.
"One woman had a cut on her arm and she went to the hospital. She is already back from the hospital.
It just seems to get worse and worse in Phuket.Yet another needless killing.