UPDATED: Suspects confesses to murder of student backpackers

Two men have confessed to the killings of two British backpackers in Thailand.

One of the victims University of Leeds graduate David Miller, who was found dead earlier this month.

Both accused men were members of the group three Burmese migrant workers who were initially detained. The third man has maintained his innocence throughout the investigation.

Miller, 24, and University of Essex student Hannah Witheridge, 23, were found dead last month on a beach on the Thai island of Koh Tao, in the early hours of the morning on the 15th September.

They had both suffered severe injuries, inflicted by a blunt instrument.

The confession comes following intense scrutiny on Thai police throughout the investigation, including media criticism for initially suggesting one of Miller’s friends may have been responsible for the attack.

Police previously announced that the DNA of two Asian men had been found on Witheridge’s body.

Miller graduated with a degree in Civil and Structural Engineering in June. He had been planning to complete a Master’s degree after he returned from his travels.

Miller’s body was released to his family in Jersey earlier this week. His funeral will be held in Trinity in Jersey on Friday.

Sean Hayes

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