Thai Court Sentences Two to Death for Murders of British Backpackers

Two migrant workers from Myanmar were sentenced to death on Thursday after a Thai court found them guilty for the 2014 murders of two British tourists, NBC News reported.

Backpackers Hannah Witheridge and David Miller were found dead on a beach on Koh Tao in September 2014.

Police arrested Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Tun, saying they had confessed to the crimes, according to Reuters. Both later retracted, saying their confession was made under duress.

The court’s verdict comes after allegations of police incompetence, mishandling of evidence and torture of the suspects, according to Reuters.  

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