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Men accused of killing Hannah Witheridge 'retract' their confessions

The two men (wearing helmets) were paraded by police last week. Credit: Reuters

The men accused of killing two British tourists in Thailand have reportedly retracted their confessions.

The bodies of Hannah Witheridge from Hemsby near Great Yarmouth and David Miller from Jersey were found on the island of Koh Tao last month.

Hannah Witheridge.

Two Burmese migrant workers charged with their murders have now apparently said they were forced to confess by Thai police.

Aung Myo Thant, a Burmese Embassy official, has been quoted in the Thai and Burmese press as saying that the men were pressured into admitting the killings.

"They said they didn't do it, that the Thai police beat them until they confessed to something they didn't do.

Their bodies had all sorts of bruises."

– Aung Myo Thant, lawyer

Miss Witheridge's funeral will be held in Hemsby tomorrow morning.

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Charity fear men accused of killing Hannah Witheridge may have been tortured by Thai police

The two men were paraded by police last week. Credit: Reuters.

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.

Hannah Witheridge.

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."

– RICHARD BENNETT, AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

Thai police deny the allegations.

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Thai murders: Police say DNA from two Burmese suspects matches Hannah Witheridge

Hannah Witheridge.

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 workers have confessed to killing two British tourists, including one from Great Yarmouth.

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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Inquest to open into Hannah's death

Hannah Witheridge Credit: Family photo

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.

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