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Confusion over crucial evidence in British backpackers murder trial

The trial of two men accused of murdering Norfolk student Hannah Witheridge has resumed in Thailand, despite confusion over evidence crucial to the defence case.

23-year-old Hannah from Hemsby near Great Yarmouth was killed on the island of Koh Tao in September last year. Fellow backpacker David Miller from Jersey also died.

Two migrant workers from Burma have denied murdering them. Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Htun initially pleaded guilty when arrested but later claimed they'd been tortured by the police to confess.

Their defence team want DNA evidence found at the murder scene to be independently verified, but it's emerged that samples taken at the time could well have been lost.

The trial's expected to last three months, with verdicts to be announced in October. If found guilty, the defendants face the death penalty.

Hannah Witheridge murder trial starts in Thailand

The trial has begun in Thailand of the two men accused of murdering Norfolk student Hannah Witheridge last year.

Hannah was on a backpacking holiday when she was killed, along with fellow Briton David Miller.

Defence lawyers say the men were forced into making confessions, and claim there are discrepancies in the DNA evidence that was found.

Tunisia attack: Book of condolence opens in Northampton

Stuart Cullen and Philip Heathcote were both killed in the attacks.

A book of condolence for the victims of the Tunisian terrorist attack has opened in Northampton.

The Chairman of Northamptonshire County Council, Cllr Phil Larratt, has opened the book in memory of all those people who lost their lives in the terrorist attack at Sousse, Tunisia, on June 26.

Two people from the region, Stuart Cullen from Carlton Colville in Lowestoft and Philip Heathcote, from Felixstowe were among the 38 people killed.

The book will be in the Sessions House reception at County Hall, George Row, Northampton, from tomorrow where employees and members of the public will be able to write their own messages of condolence and sympathy.


Hannah Witheridge's family in Thailand for murder trial

Hannah Witheridge Credit: Family photo

The family of Hannah Witheridge from Hemsby near Great Yarmouth, who was killed in Thailand last summer, have travelled to the country for the start of the murder trial.

23-year-old Hannah was found dead alongside 24-year-old David Miller on the island of Koh Tao in September. Two Burmese men confessed to the murders and then retracted their statements.

"We have travelled to Koh Samui for the start of the trial into the horrific murders of our beautiful Hannah, and David Miller. We stand united in our grief with David's family and together wish to have privacy to follow the trial."

"Speculation, rumour and theory have been incredibly hurtful to our family and Hannah's friends, making an already unthinkable time harder to bear. Please allow the police and the court to do their jobs during the coming weeks and months. We of course want to see those responsible for the brutal murder of our precious girl brought to justice"

– Family statement
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Bodies of nine Tunisia victims arrive back in UK

The body of Lisa Graham arrives back at the Brize Norton RAF base in Oxfordshire

The bodies of nine of those killed in the Tunisia beach massacre have been returned to the UK.

An RAF C17 transport plane carrying the remains of Lisa and William Graham, Philip Heathcote, Trudy Jones, Ann and James McQuire, Janet and John Stocker, and David Thompson landed at the Brize Norton air base in Oxfordshire.

Relatives of the dead were present at the airbase to see their coffins removed from the plane.

The bodies returned home amid the news that the final British death toll in the attack on a resort in Sousse has been confirmed at 30.

The body of Philip Heathcote arrives back at the Brize Norton RAF base in Oxfordshire

The bodies of eight Britons killed in the attack were brought back to British soil yesterday. Further flights are expected tomorrow and Saturday.

All 30 of the British victims were holidaymakers with travel firm Thomson and First Choice.

A statement from the company said: "It is with great sadness that Thomson and First Choice can confirm the 30 British people positively identified by the FCO, UK police and Tunisian authorities as victims of the attack in Tunisia were our customers.

"The whole company would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of those involved in this tragic event."

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