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Saturday 21 April 2018

Pair convicted of killing British backpackers in Thailand submit final appeal

Hannah Witheridge was killed in Thailand (FCO/PA)
Hannah Witheridge was killed in Thailand (FCO/PA)
David Miller was killed in Thailand (FCO/PA)

Two migrant workers from Burma who were convicted two years ago of murdering two British backpackers on a resort island in Thailand have submitted a final appeal against their death sentences.

Wai Phyo, also known as Win Zaw Htun, and Zaw Lin have denied killing David Miller and Hannah Witheridge on Koh Tao in September 2014.

Miss Witheridge, from Hemsby in Norfolk, had been raped before she was killed, while Mr Miller, from Jersey, had been hit over the head before drowning in the sea.

The crime tarnished Thailand's image as a holiday paradise, threatening its lucrative tourist industry.

Mr Miller's family said "justice" has been delivered after the men were sentenced to death for the killings in December 2015.

His brother Michael, flanked by parents Ian and Sue, said outside court that the "correct decision" had been reached.

Controversy arose when police were accused of making the two migrant workers scapegoats.

The two said they had been tortured into making false confessions, and their lawyers charged that DNA evidence against them was mishandled.

However, Mr Miller's family said the widespread interest in the case had ensured the defendants received the "best possible representation in court by a team of seven top lawyers".

Miss Witheridge's family, who did not travel to Thailand for the verdicts, said at the time that the year since her death had been an "unimaginably impossible time" and they would now "digest the outcome of the trial".

Wai Phyo and Zaw Lin's lawyer Nakhon Chomphuchat said he filed their appeal on Monday with the Supreme Court.

AP

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