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Bodies of Thailand backpackers Hannah Witheridge and David Miller were 'partially naked'

By PA Reporter

Published 09/07/2015

Murder victims Hannah Witheridge and David Miller
Murder victims Hannah Witheridge and David Miller

The bodies of two British backpackers murdered on a beach in Thailand were found partially naked near blood-spattered rocks, a Thai court has heard.

Hannah Witheridge (23), from Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, and David Miller (24), from Jersey, were killed on the island of Koh Tao last September.

Their families have travelled to the nearby island of Koh Samui where Burmese migrants Zaw Lin and Wai Phyo, also known as Win Zaw Htun, stand charged with murder and rape.

The first policeman on the scene described getting a call at 6.30am informing him that two bodies had been found on the beach.

"I found a man's body lying on the beach with seawater lapping his body," said Lieutenant Jakrapan Kaewkao, a witness for the prosecution. "Then I found the woman's body behind the rocks."

He added that the bodies, both of which were mostly unclothed, were several yards apart and said Ms Witheridge's bore signs of physical assault.

The investigation into the deaths has been marred by confusion and allegations of police incompetence.

Verdicts in the case are not expected until October.

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