Mongolia police arrest suspect in killing of British tourist

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 14 September, 2016, 5:08pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 14 September, 2016, 5:08pm

Police in Mongolia on Wednesday announced the arrest of a man suspected of killing a British tourist in a rare case of violent crime in the landlocked Asian nation.

The 31-year-old man, identified only by his first initial, T, was found in possession of the equivalent of US$400 and in local currency a passport believed to have been taken from Steve Nash, who had travelled to Mongolia as part of his paraglider adventures across the globe.

Police spokesman Baatarkhuu Buyant said that Nash had been stabbed in the chest and died of blood loss. The 53-year-old’s body was found on September 1 in Arkhangai province in central Mongolia.

Buyant said the suspect had previously been given a suspended sentence in 2016 for stealing.

While still relatively low, crime in Mongolia has risen as the country falls deeper into an economic slowdown.