A human rights charity has called for an investigation into allegations of torture by police of two men suspected of killing British tourists in Thailand.
The two Burmese workers, whose names were given only as Saw and Win, have been charged with the murder and rape of Hannah Witheridge from Hemsby near Great Yarmouth, and killing David Miller, from Jersey, on the island of Koh Tao on September 15.
Last week they were paraded by police at press conference, and were made to re-enact how they allegedly killed the backpackers.
Now, Amnesty International said a lawyer, from the Burmese embassy legal team who is acting for the accused, had been told by one of the men that officers had beaten him and "threatened him with electrocution".
The human rights charity has called for an investigation.
"The Thai authorities must initiate an independent, effective and transparent investigation into mounting allegations of torture and other ill-treatment by police.
The pressure to be seen to be solving an appalling crime that has garnered considerable attention should not result in the violation of rights, including to a fair trial."
Thai police deny the allegations.
The death of a woman who was found inside a house in Great Yarmouth following a fire at the weekend is being treated as suspicious by police.
The bodies of a man in his 50s and a woman, believed to be in her mid-30s, were discovered at the property in Admiralty Road on Sunday after emergency services were notified of a fire.
The woman was found on the ground floor, and police now believe that her death is suspicious.
The man was discovered in an upstairs room where the fire is thought to have started. His death is not being treated as suspicious.
"We await the outcome of the Home Office post-mortem, which is not expected until this evening, however all the available evidence to extensive investigations indicate the female victim was killed prior to the fire.
I can confirm we are not looking for anyone else in connection with this enquiry as I am convinced that this was a domestic incident involving the couple who lived at the property."
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DNA samples taken from the body of a woman from Norfolk who was murdered in Thailand matches that of two suspects already in custody, according to the country's police chief.
Yesterday, two Burmese men confessed to killing Hannah Witheridge from Hemsby near Great Yarmouth and fellow tourist David Miller on the island of Koh Tao last month.
They'd both suffered severe head injuries.
Police are now waiting for a local court to issue a warrant so that the men can be formally charged.
Police in Thailand say Two Burmese immigrant workers have confessed to killing two young British tourists, including one from Great Yarmouth.
The bodies of Hannah Witheridge, 23, and David Miller, 24, were discovered on a beach on Koh Tao on September 15th.
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An inquest is due to open in Norfolk later into the death of Hannah Witheridge.
Hannah, 23, was killed in Thailand, alongside another holiday maker David Miller after they had been to a party on the island of Koh Tao.
It's been announced her funeral will be held on October 10th in her home village of Hemsby near Great Yarmouth.
A number of roads will be closed in Hemsby on October the 10th to allow the funeral procession, led by a horse-drawn hearse, to travel from Hannah’s home address to St Mary’s Church.
The convoy will travel slowly from Parklands (private road) at approximately 10.45am, along North Road and The Street to St Mary’s Church for the service which starts at 11am. The church service will be followed by a private burial.
The following road closures will be in place from approximately 10.30am and will be lifted while the service takes place. The roads will be closed after the funeral to allow the procession to return to Parklands:
- North Road will be closed between the junctions of St Mary’s Close and The Street
- Kings Court (cul-de-sac) closed to traffic
- · The Street will be closed between the junctions with Kingsway and Pit Road (this closure will remain in place throughout the service and will not be lifted until after the private burial has taken place)
Hannah’s family have also asked that friends and non-invited guests attending the funeral make donations to local charity Faith Animal Rescue instead of floral tributes.
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Thai police are offering a reward of more than £13,000 to try and catch the killers of two British tourists found dead on the island of Koh Tao.
The bodies of 23-year-old Hannah Witheridge, from Hemsby in Norfolk, and David Miller, from Jersey, were discovered on a beach on September 15.
A bloodstained garden hoe, believed to be the murder weapon, was found nearby.
A group of Thai footballers are the latest people to be questioned in connection with the investigation.
Police colonel Kissana Phathanacharoen said a reward of 700,000 baht, roughly £13,300, is now being offered for information which leads to the arrests of the culprits.
The government in Thailand says it plans to install more surveillance cameras and better lighting in tourist areas following the death of Norfolk student Hannah Witheridge.
23 year old Hannah, from Hemsby, and her friend David Miller were killed on a tourist beach.
The Thai Deputy Prime Minister said he had ordered the improvements and he had also sent additional police and soldiers to help investigate the murders.
So far there have been no arrests in the case.