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Today the Koh Tao murder trial resumed for day two at the Samui Provincial Court. The defense lawyers acting for Zaw Lin and Wei Phyo accused of the murders of Hannah Witheridge and David Miller remained concerned about the DNA evidence being used against their clients.
A decision was due to be made by the judge today as to whether independent DNA testing could be carried out. However a senior police officer today told the court that the DNA found on the cigarettes is “finished” and other samples were only suitable for one test or may have been lost.
In a dramatic development is now appears that evidence provided by the British authorities could prove the innocence of the two suspects. However the defense team were only able to confirm that recent significant information had been received from the UK that highlights important contradictions in the prosecution evidence they were not able to elaborate on what that evidence might be.
One witness was called to stand today, a 45 year old woman who was working on Koh Tao at the time of the murders. She recalled seeing some people playing guitar on the beach in the early hours of the morning of September the 15th 2014 but was not able to say with any degree of certainty who those people actually were.
The defendants looked tired in court today, yesterday’s hearing going on until 7-45pm meant there was nobody available to remove their shackles when they arrived back at the prison. Both said they had not been able to get much sleep and both men continue to deny having any involvement in the horrific murders of the two British backpackers.
The court hearing, that adjourned today at around 11am is due to be back in session at 9am tomorrow morning.