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A man has been arrested on suspicion of raping a British woman in Thailand after the pair met through Tinder.
The 36-year-old suspect, identified as Elies Guenez, from France, was stopped at a police checkpoint on September 16 and detained.
He allegedly carried out the attack on the 29-year-old woman at a hotel room in the beach resort town of Patong, Phuket Island on September 8.
She had arrived in Thailand as a tourist but was celebrating finding her dream job as an English teacher, The Phuket News reports.
The woman told police that the pair of them had met at a beach bar on the night in question after chatting on the dating app.
Guenez then took her back to the hotel room where he allegedly raped her.
The 29-year-old contacted the British Embassy on September 8 and was taken to hospital.
She showed doctors her wrists, claiming they had been injured during the alleged rape.
The woman filed a complaint last Friday, September 11, the Phuket News reports.
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During questioning at Patong police station, the suspect admitted to having sex with the woman but denied raping her.
He was arrested on suspicion of the "rape of a person over 15 years old by use of threat or force" and is currently being held in custody.
Lieutenant Colonel Chompunoot Anantayakul said: “This is a serious case and we are gathering all of the evidence available, including from CCTV cameras and from the suspect's phone.
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“The victim was travelling and came to Thailand as a tourist before looking for a job as a teacher. She finally found one in Nakhon Sawan province in the north.
“The tourist contacted the British Embassy after the incident, who assisted her with visiting the hospital and making a police report.
“We have a duty to take care of every tourist in Thailand and we will ensure that the case proceeds correctly.
“I want to thank the British media for their interest in the case and for showing the work that the Thai police are doing to ensure the safety of their citizens.”
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