Sunday 31 May 2015

Fears Over Thai Beach Murders Evidence

Lawyers for two men accused of murdering two British backpackers in Thailand have "deep concerns" they will not be able to independently analyse key forensic evidence before the trial.

Burmese bar workers Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Tun have pleaded not guilty to murdering David Miller, 24, from Jersey, and the rape and murder of Hannah Witheridge, 23, from Norfolk, on Koh Tao (Turtle Island) in September last year.
Their defence team have long criticised the Thai police investigation, claiming the crime scene was contaminated and their clients were tortured into confessing.
Last month, a court on the nearby island of Koh Samui approved their request to independently analyse key forensic evidence against their clients, including DNA and physical evidence at the crime scene such as blood stains and a shirt.
But lead defence lawyer Nakhon Chomphuchat said his team had now been told by the court they would only find out whether they can access the evidence on 8 July - the first day of the trial.

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