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Day one of the Koh Tao murder trial

Ten months after British Backpackers Hannah Witheridge and David Miller were found murdered on the beach in Koh Tao prosecutors called their first witness in the murder trial against Burmese migrant workers Zaw Lin and Wei Phyo, both 22.

Both accused men, who arrived in prison browns and leg irons, pleaded not guilty to the charges against them. Both Hannah and David were represented by their families who have travelled from the UK for the trial.

The packed courtroom saw many journalists asked to leave to make space for the families of the victims who arrived shortly after the court was in session.

The case for the prosecution started by calling a policeman involved in the case who talked the court through his role in the investigation. Police Lieutenant Jakrapan Kaewkao told the court how he received a call at around 6-15 on the morning of the 15th of September informing him that two bodies had been found.

The DNA evidence was also discussed, it is expected that a decision will be announced tomorrow with regards to it being retested by an independent laboratory.



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