Backpacker killings: Thai court sentences Myanmar migrants to death

(From AP)

A Thai court on Thursday sentenced two Myanmar migrants to death for murdering two British backpackers found bludgeoned on a resort island last year, a gruesome crime that focused global attention on tourist safety and police conduct in the country.

British tourists David Miller (R) and Hannah Witheridge were killed with a garden tool after a beach party early Sept. 15 in Thailand

British tourists David Miller (R) and Hannah Witheridge were killed with a garden tool after a beach party early Sept. 15 in Thailand

The court ruled there was sufficient evidence to convict Win Zaw Htun and Zaw Lin, both 22, of killing David Miller, 24, and raping then murdering Hannah Witheridege, 23, last year on the island of Koh Tao.

Andy Hall, an activist working with the defense team, said the two were found guilty on all counts. They face the death penalty but are expected to appeal.

Miller and Witheridge’s battered bodies were found Sept. 15, 2014, on the rocky shores of Koh Tao, an island in the Gulf of Thailand known for its white sand beaches and scuba diving. Autopsies showed that the young backpackers, who met on the island while staying at the same hotel, suffered severe head wounds and that Witheridge had been raped. Read More

 

 



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