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Backpackers: two men sentenced to death for 2014 Thai murders

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By Euronews  with Reuters, AFP
Backpackers: two men sentenced to death for 2014 Thai murders
  • Two Burmese bar workers convicted of murder and sentenced to death
  • Both say they will appeal the conviction
  • Hannah Witheridge and David Miller killed in Thailand in 2014

A court in Thailand has convicted two Burmese nationals of murdering two British backpackers in September 2014.

The hearing in Koh Samui convicted Zaw Lin and Wai Phyo of killing Hannah Witheridge and David Miller.

The men have been sentenced to death.

“Justice has been served” – victim’s relatives

Speaking outside the court, Mr Miller’s relatives said justice had been served:

“We believe that, after a difficult start, the Royal Thai police conducted a methodical and thorough investigation. Having listened carefully to all the evidence and despite what their lawyers say, it is our opinion that the evidence against Wai Phyo and Zaw Ling is absolutely overwhelming” said David Miller’s brother, Michael.

The Defence

The men claim DNA evidence from the scene was contaminated.

They also say they are being treated as scapegoats due to institutional suspicion about migrant workers.

Their supporters say the men will appeal.

An unsafe conviction?

Experts say the case has been poorly handled since the beginning.

It has been claimed the crime scene was not managed correctly and evidence was not properlyl collected.