Thai police tried to blame boyfriend for woman's death

Emily Crane, ninemsn
6:30pm November 27, 2012
November 27, 2012: They were the young couple planning a life together, until a maniac ended it all. Nicole, a beautiful Aussie girl, was killed recently on a holiday in Thailand.

A Sydney man was forced to wait for six days in Thailand after local police allegedly tried to blame him for a motorcycle accident that killed his girlfriend, despite CCTV video proving he was not to blame.

Jamie Keith and Nicole Fitzsimons were holidaying in Koh Samui last month when the tragic accident unfolded.

CCTV cameras captured the moment a local driver, allegedly travelling at 80km/h, careered straight into the couple as they waited to turn into their resort on a motorcycle, A Current Affair reports.

"We came to a stand still waiting for an on-coming scooter to go past," Mr Keith said.

"This almighty bang just hit us from behind and I just remembered flying across the road and sort of blanked out for a second.

"I yelled and screamed for help. I was telling her it was all going to be okay."

Jamie Keith and Nicole Fitzsimons.
Jamie Keith and Nicole Fitzsimons.

Ms Fitzsimons, who was part of Channel Nine's Footy Show team, died three hours after the accident.

But Mr Keith said the trauma continued when local authorities took him to a police station about six hours after the accident and asked him to sign a statement written in Thai that said the crash was his fault.

"I was vulnerable and they were obviously after one thing and one thing only, it was my money. It was a way to bribe my way out of it," he said.

"They threw that report in front of me asking me to sign otherwise they would take my passport.

"As much as I was hurting… to have evidence there and still blame it on me – I didn't care if they were going to lock me up, there was no way (I was signing)."

Six days after the death of Ms Fitzsimons, the Thai police decided to return Mr Keith's passport, but on the condition that no one would be charged over the crash.

Nicole Fitzsimons.

"To sign a blank piece of paper to say it was an accident and that bloke is over there walking free, it burns inside of me," he said.

For more information, visit www.nicolefitzsimons.com.

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