The family of a British man who was stabbed to death in Thailand just months after surviving the Asian tsunami have spoken of their desire to see his attacker brought to justice.
Richard Collins' family had feared the worst when giant waves struck the coast around the southern resort of Krabi on Boxing Day last year.
The 35-year-old diving instructor escaped unharmed and stayed on in the town, despite tourism being badly hit, but was stabbed to death last Tuesday night.
His younger brother, Anthony Hart, said the family, who live in the Whitecross area of Hereford, were devastated by his death.
"We are obviously shattered by the news of Richard's death, having counted ourselves lucky that he had not died like so many others in the tsunami. To be killed in this way is unthinkable," he added.
Thai police claimed at the time he was attacked after making sexual advances towards a taxi driver's girlfriend and that his assailant insisted he acted in self-defence. Mr Collins was stabbed twice and died later in hospital.
Mr Hart said details of the attack were still unclear and they did not want to be drawn into speculation based on hearsay and rumour.
He added: "We are liaising closely with the Foreign Office and they are keeping us up to date with developments. Needless to say, we are keen that those involved in the offence are brought to justice."
Mr Collins lived in Bangkok with his Thai girlfriend and had been working for a company building a new international airport for the capital.
He was said to be a popular, experienced traveller who knew Thailand and the Far East well.
Mr Hart described his brother as relaxed and laid back who valued friendship and believed in helping others.
"Richard was gentle and caring and a terrific listener," he said.
" He was known for negotiating and discussing things in a rational way. Violence was never part of Richard's life.