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Thailand accused told they would 'disappear' if they didn't confess

23-year-old Hannah Witheridge Credit: Norfolk police

Two Burmese migrants accused of murdering two British backpackers in Thailand claim they were told they would "disappear" if they did not confess to the killings.

23-year old Hannah Witheridge from Hembsy near Great Yarmouth, and David Miller, 24, from Jersey, were found dead on the island of Koh Tao in September last year.

Both defendants who are aged 22 initially confessed to the killings but later retracted their statements, telling the court they had been tortured. But police there deny the claims of torture.

The Burmese workers accused of the murders Credit: ITV News Anglia

A British advisor to the defence team, Andy Hall has given evidence about the alleged torture in the trial. Mr Hall said. "They were told that if they did not confess they would simply disappear - they would be set on fire or their limbs would be cut off and sunk at sea so nobody would ever find them."

Prosecutors say the DNA evidence links the two men to the killings but the trial heard that a garden hoe alleged to have been used in the killings carried the DNA of two men - but there was no trace of either defendant.

The court is due to hear closing statements from the defence and prosecution on October 26 before delivering its verdict on Christmas Eve.

Torture claim by men accused of Thai murders

Hannah Witheridge Credit: Norfolk Police

The two Burmese men accused of killing Norfolk student Hannah Witheridge in Thailand claim they were tortured and threatened to make them confess to the crime.

The pair are accused of killing 23-year-old Hannah from Hemsby, near Great Yarmouth, and David Miller, from Jersey, but both insist they didn't do it, and that they were tortured to say they did. The trial in Koh Samui is drawing to a close, but the verdict could take another three months.


Teenage boy threatened with knife in Great Yarmouth

A teenage boy was threatened with a knife during a robbery in Great Yarmouth.

The boy was approached by a man, who asked him asked for a cigarette, while he was walking along Peter's Plain, near Ravelin House, at about 3.15pm on Saturday.

The man then threatened him with a knife and demanded money. He gave the man a small amount of cash before he ran off.

The offender is described as a white man, about 30-years-old, with a spotty complexion. He was skinny and 6ft 4ins tall. He was wearing a black baseball cap, black hooded zip up top, light blue jeans and black and white trainers.

Police are keen to hear from any witnesses.

Teenager hospitalised following assault in Cobholm

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A teenager has been hospitalised after being assaulted in Cobholm, near Great Yarmouth, last week.

The victim, a 15-year-old man, was approached by a woman who attacked him with a sharp implement to the right side of his face.

He sustained a deep cut and was taken to hospital for treatment.

The suspect is described as being between 5ft 7 inches and 5ft 8 inches tall, of a slim build, having dark hair, which was tied in a pony tail. She was wearing a light grey tracksuit.

The attack happened at around 8.30pm on 23 September on Granville Road.

Police are keen to hear from witnessed.

Free parking for Yarmouth shoppers

Great Yarmouth beach. Credit: ITV Anglia

Weekend shoppers in Great Yarmouth will soon be able to take advantage of free parking.

It is part of a six-month trial by the council to see if scrapping parking charges on Saturdays and Sundays will boost trade in the town.

The scheme starts this Saturday running until March 31 at six car parks. They are: Fullers Hill; Brewery Plain; Stonecutters Way; George Street; Greyfriars Way; and King Street.

In addition to the trial, the borough council is removing the year-round overnight charge for all town centre pay and display car parks starting October.

Cllr Graham Plant, the council leader, said: "These additional parking incentives are part of the borough council's enhanced efforts to strengthen the town centre, and make it more attractive for residents, tourists and investors."


Verdict could be delayed in Thailand murder trial

David Miller and Hannah Witheridge.

Lawyers of two men accused of murdering a Norfolk backpacker have been granted more time to organise their defence - potentially delaying a verdict.

The body of Hannah Witheridge, from Hemsby, near Great Yarmouth, was found alongside that of fellow traveller David Miller on the island of Koh Tao in Thailand last year.

Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Htun, both 22, deny the murders.

Their lawyers appealed for more time to show the pair were being used as scapegoats by the Thai authorities.

The solicitors have previously complained of a patchy police investigation and selective use of surveillance video.

The defendants have accused police of torturing them to force them to admit killing Miss Witheridge and Mr Miller. They later retracted their confessions.

Norfolk man charged with manslaughter following death of six-year-old boy

A man from Norfolk has been charged with manslaughter over the death of a six-year-old boy. Credit: PA

A man from Norfolk has been charged with manslaughter over the death of a six-year-old boy.

Baylee Varley died in Ormesby near Great Yarmouth in 2014.

28-year-old Kevin Toye from Great Yarmouth was also accused of the ill treatment of Baylee in February 2008.

He's been released on bail and will appear at Great Yarmouth Magistrates Court in October.

No further action is to be taken against a woman, aged in her 20s, who was also arrested in connection with the enquiry.

"A journey that has no end" Family of Hannah Witheridge describe their pain

David Miller and Hannah Witheridge

The family of Hannah Witheridge have released a statement as the trial draws to a close.

Hannah, 23, from Hemsby, in Norfolk, was killed alongside David Miller 24, on the island of Koh Tao last year.

Two Burmese workers accused of the killings deny the charges, claiming they were tortured for their confessions.

The family standing on the steps of the court in Koh Samui Credit: Norfolk Police

"Our family have returned to Koh Samui for the closing days of trial. As a family we are here to represent our beautiful girl.

Our world changed forever on 15th September 2014. Words cannot begin to explain the journey we have endured, a journey that has no end.

We hope that the reporting of the case offers both Hannah and David their dignity and we ask that we are afforded our privacy to digest the case and the evidence being presented.

Please remember, above all, that Hannah and David were both real people, they were loved by their families and all those that were privileged enough to know them. This story bares no happy ending; their lives were ended brutally that night without sense or reason."

– Family of Hannah Witheridge
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