Three suspects questioned about murder of British tourists on Koh Tao

PHUKET: Three Myanmar workers were detained on Tuesday to be questioned about the murder of two Britons on Koh Tao, Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan said today.

The bodies of David Miller, 24, and Hannah Witheridge, 23, were found early Monday morning with severe head wounds. A bloody hoe was found 35 meters from the murder scene.

Police will question the workers and compare DNA samples with evidence collected from the crime scene, reported The Nation.

A source said that the workers’ detention came after witnesses told police that the Myanmar nationals were seen drinking alcohol at about the time the crime occurred.

Police raided a worker’s bungalow near the crime scene earlier today.

Four mobile phones, one of which was a broken iPhone, were confiscated.

Meanwhile, British Embassy Consul Michael Hancock arrived on Koh Tao.

The Phangan Police Station superintendent said that the island would not be closed to visitors. He assured that the media that he has mobilized a sufficient number of officers to oversee safety of those on the island and to be on the lookout for suspicious persons.

Local police official Jakkrapan Kaewkhao told the AFP that the bodies of the two victims would be sent to Bangkok later today where they would undergo forensic testing.

— The Nation

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