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Koh Tao murder trial reaches its completion in Koh Samui

On Sunday 11th of October the Koh Tao murder trail reached its completion. The case was due to be completed on Friday the 28th of September however, when the court concluded Zaw Lin had only given half of his testimony and Wei Phyo was yet to take the stand. The judge granted two more days, Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th at the request of the defense team.

On Saturday 10th Zaw Lin took the stand once more and testified about the investigation and questioning process and spoke of torture and irregularities during the investigation. Zaw Lin’s testimony came to a close at 7-15pm when Wei Phyo took the stand. Like Zaw Lin, Wei Phyo alleges that he was tortured into making a confession to crimes he had no knowledge of. His testimony was halted at 10-30pm on Saturday the 10th and resumed at 9am on Sunday 11th October. During the final days hearing Wei Phyo pleaded guilty to immigration offences with regards to entering and residing in Thailand. During the hearing on the 11th Wei Phyo told the judge under cross examination that during his interrogation last October he was asked if the running man in the CCTV footage was him, he says he told the police that the image was not him, that he had been wearing long trousers and a black top on the night in question when the person he was asked to identify was wearing white shorts. He went onto say that when he denied the man was him the police punched him again and again and that he finally confessed to stop the violence.

While both men admit to being on the same beach as the victims on the evening of September 2014 last year both insist that after playing the guitar and having a swim they went home to sleep. They say that the police told them during their investigation that if they admitted to the crimes they would only serve five years in jail, but if they refused they would be dismembered, burned and thrown into the sea.
The prosecution maintains that both the accused are in fact guilty of the crimes and that their DNA was discovered on Hannah’s body. However retesting by Thailand’s Central Institute of Forensic Science on clothing at the scene and the murder weapon and the Norfolk coroner’s findings contradict the prosecutions findings.

Now at the completion of the trial both the prosecution and the defense have 15 days to submit written closing statements. There will be no more hearings until the verdict date that is set for December 24th.



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