Myanmar man confesses to killing British tourists Hannah Witheridge and David Miller: Thai police

Killed in Thailand: British tourists Hannah Witheridge and David Miller.
Bangkok: A Myanmar man has confessed to killing two British tourists whose bodies were found last month on a beach on the scenic Thai island of Koh Tao.

The bodies of Hannah Witheridge, 23, and David Miller, 24, were found on September 15 with severe head wounds near where they were staying on the southern island, known for its coral reefs and diving.

"The investigation has advanced considerably," deputy national police chief Lieutenant General Jaktip Chaijinda said on Thursday.

"Three Burmese workers were detained and we took their DNA for testing. During the investigation one of them admitted to killing the two foreigners," he said.

The grisly double murder has rocked the normally laid-back holiday island and delivered a fresh blow to Thailand's image as a tourist haven after months of political protests that ended in May's military coup.

Thai government leaders have been urging police to solve the case quickly.

Authorities in Thailand frequently accuse migrants from Myanmar and Cambodia of committing crimes in the kingdom, where they make up a vast, poorly-paid and low-status workforce.
Jaktip said the man who had confessed was being detained but had not been arrested.
"We still have to wait for DNA tests results which we expect to have in 14 hours from now in order to confirm this," he said.

Reuters, AFP

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