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Thai police investigate Briton's death as murder

Police announced Wednesday they are treating a Scottish woman's death as murder after she died from a botched mugging on a crowded street in Thailand's capital.
/ Source: The Associated Press

Police announced Wednesday they are treating a Scottish woman's death as murder after she died from a botched mugging on a crowded street in Thailand's capital.

Lydia Riach, 58, of Inverness, died Sunday at Bangkok's Police General Hospital following the Aug. 29 incident on the streets of the capital that left her in a coma, police Col. Sutin Sabpuang said.

Riach was walking on a busy street with her 59-year-old husband Douglas, a financial consultant, when two unidentified men on a motorcycle tried to grab her handbag which was hanging around her neck. She was knocked to the ground and suffered severe head injuries.

Sutin said police have opened a murder investigation and released sketches of two people they believe attempted to snatch Riach's bag.

"We are trying to arrest them," he said.