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Although it has been almost four years since Hannah Witheridge and David Miller were killed on Sairee Beach Koh Tao, the case has never been forgotten. The case is being discussed today almost as much as it was at the time.
This has been one of the most compelling of all suspicious deaths on Koh Tao and there have been many, so many in the last few years in fact that the international community have dubbed Koh Tao ‘Death Island’.
There is no doubt that in every single case the friends and families of those who tragically lost their lives on Koh Tao have been left with more questions than answers and not one of them believe the deaths were adequately investigated, other than the Miller Family whose blind faith in Thai justice has astonished the world.
The two young Burmese men who have been sentenced to death for the rape and murder of Hannah Witheridge and the murder of David Miller say that they were tortured into a confession, they had no motive, none of their DNA was found on the murder weapon, they are slight in stature, there was not a single witness to the murders and rape and most unfathomably they never left the island after the heinous murders. More worryingly is the DNA evidence used to convict them was not tested in an accredited lab and if reasonable doubt was not enough to free them, unaccredited DNA evidence surely should have done.
In any court anywhere else in the world this case would have been thrown out. Interestingly during the trial, that in Thailand is in front of three judges, there is no jury, one of the judges was often asleep, as was the prosecutor and one kept walking out. The boys defence team was led by a civil lawyer with no experience in criminal law and he had never represented anybody accused of capital murder prior to this case.
One of the many people who have taken up the case on behalf of the Burmese is Ian Yarwood, and Australian lawyer who uncovered the fact that one of the pro bono barristers advising the legal team was actually an ex-convict himself.
In this video he questions the post-verdict statement of the Miller family, who seem to be the only people involved in this case who believe justice has been served.
Zaw Lin and Wai Phyo, who still maintain their innocence, are currently sitting on death row awaiting the outcome of the Supreme Court Appeal, and after a nine year break in executions, they really are afraid for their lives after executions in Bangkwang Central Prison have been resumed.