Death sentence commuted to life imprisonment for backpack killers after King shows clemency

The killers of British backpackers David Miller and Hannah Witheridge, who have been on death row since they were found guilty in 2015 have had their sentence commuted to life imprisonment according to their lawyer.

The bodies of Hannah, 23, from Norfolk and David, 24, from Jersey were found bludgeoned to death on the Thai island of Koh Tao in 2014.

Hannah had also been raped it was discovered at the post mortem. The accused, Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Htun from Myanmar, were sentenced to death after appearing i a Thai court in 2015.

The verdict was also upheld at appeals in 2017 and 2019. At the time the convictions were surrounded in controversy as supporters of the two men argued that they had been framed and only confessed to the killings under duress.

After a decree of Royal pardon was announced on Friday, their lawyer, Nakhon Chompuchat said that the death sentences will now become life imprisonment. He went on to say that with good behavior, these sentences could be reduced further. The decree was issued to commemorate the King’s birthday on 28th July and is said to illustrate the King’s clemency.


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