Three men boarded their yacht in the Andaman
Sea, near the Thai-Malaysian border.
They tied up Mrs Robertson, while they bludgeoned her husband
to death with hammers, possibly slit his throat and dumped his
body in the sea.
There have been reports that the body has been found by fishermen
off Koh Adang but the identity is in dispute.
Mrs. Rpbertson spent perhaps 10 hours tied up naked in the cabin
of the yacht, Mr Bean, while a man stood guard over her with
Speaking to media from her hospital bed, she said: "I heard
the sound of people clambering aboard. I was naked. It was a
very hot night.
"Three young men came in. They were holding hammers and
they pushed me back and tied and gagged me.
"Then they went towards the forward cabin and I heard my
husband shouting 'Get off my boat!'.
"I heard a scuffle and did not hear any more. They came
back to me and made signs to me to start the engine, which I
"There was no sign of my husband. I think this was the first
time I realised he might be dead. I waited and listened and heard
The three Burmese men left with the dinghy
and Mrs. Robinson was able to free herself from her bindings.
She knew the dinghy motor was having mechanical problems and
would not run for very long so was urgent in getting above deck
to raise the anchor and get the yacht under way.. She reported
that she did see the pirates paddling back to the yacht but managed
to get going before they reached the boat.
Thai police have the men in custody and
report that they have confessed.
Many Australian sailors are familiar with
the Robertson's as "Mr Bean" cruised the Whitsundays,
often in company of the vessel "Perseverance".
Vessels are advised, Thailand's south may
be more dangerous as Thailand suffers from violence caused by
a Muslim minority and the "refugees" they draw from
Burma, especially those from near the Bangladesh border area.
This update as of March 30, no body has
been found. Earlier reports of a recovery of Mr. Robertsons body
were found to be false. Under Thai law, no body, no prosecution
for murder. The area where the body was dumped is notorious for
currents that may prevent the body ever being found. The Burmese
killers were 19, 18 and 17 years old.They have been charged with
theft but not murder.