Thai Court Sentences Two Burmese Men To Death For Murder Of Two British Tourists
Two Burmese men , Zaw Lin and Wai Phyo have been found guilty over the murder of two British tourists Hannah Witheridge, 23, from Norfolk, and David Miller, 24, from Jersey.
Following a highly publicised trial, Zaw Lin and Wai Phyo have been sentenced to death over the murder of the two British packers on holiday on the southern Thai island of Koh.
The bodies of the two British packers were found on a beach on 15 September 2014.
Controversy in the trial arose after the two accused withdrew their original confessions over the murders arguing that the Thai police had forced convictions from them through torture.
Three judges in a Thai court in Koh Samui, ordered that the two accused should face the death penalty after finding them guilty, whilst prosecutors in Thai, feel that there has been a miscarriage of justice, due to inconsistencies in the case because DNA did not match samples taken from the men.
The prosecutors say that Thai police mishandled the accused men’s confessions and this was typical of the “systematic abuse” of migrants in the area. By Sibusiso Ngwenya