Thai king commutes death sentence of UK pair’s killers

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Hannah Witheridge and David Miller’s our bodies had been discovered on a seashore in Koh Tao in September 2014

Two males given the demise penalty for killing two British backpackers in Thailand have had their sentences commuted to existence imprisonment.

The our bodies of David Miller, 24, from Jersey, and Hannah Witheridge, 23, from Norfolk, had been discovered on a seashore at the Thai island of Koh Tao in 2014.

Burmese nationals Zaw Lin and Wai Phyo had been convicted in a Thai courtroom and sentenced to demise in December 2015.

Lin and Phyo will serve existence sentences as a substitute following a royal decree.

Ms Witheridge, a College of Essex scholar from Hemsby in Norfolk, and Mr Miller, a civil and structural engineering graduate, from Jersey, had been bludgeoned to demise.

A autopsy exam confirmed Ms Witheridge have been raped.

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Zaw Lin and Wai Phyo had been convicted of the murders in a Thai courtroom and sentenced to demise

Lin and Phyo (sometimes called Win Zaw Htun) had been sentenced to demise for the homicide of Mr Miller and the homicide and rape of Ms Witheridge.

The 2 males had been convicted and sentenced in 2015 and the decision used to be upheld via an appeals courtroom in 2017 and the Excellent Courtroom in August 2019.

The convictions had been mired in controversy, with supporters of the 2 males arguing they’d been framed as a result of their preliminary confessions had been made underneath duress.

A royal decree mentioned the sentences have been reviewed to commemorate King Vajiralongkorn’s birthday on 28 July and to “illustrate the king’s clemency”.

It’s unclear what number of prisoners had been eligible for any pardons or aid of sentences underneath the other standards indexed within the decree.

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