Suspects Re-Enact Brutal Thai Murders

Cops say 2 have confessed to killing Hannah Witheridge, David Miller
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 3, 2014 7:18 AM CDT
Suspects Re-Enact Brutal Thai Murders
Suspects from Myanmar—Saw, left, and Win—sit together, escorted by a Thai police officer, during a press conference in Koh Tao island in Thailand on Oct. 3, 2014.   (AP Photo)

Thai police say DNA evidence is a match for two Burmese men who've confessed to killing two British tourists. Sporting helmets and handcuffs, the suspects today re-enacted the crime—a typical practice used by Thai law enforcement—on the Koh Tao island beach where the murders were committed last month. The country's national police chief, describing the crime as one of "sexual jealousy" to Reuters, says that the two suspects came across Hannah Witheridge, 23, and David Miller, 24, kissing on the beach and "were aroused, so they attacked and got rid of the man and proceeded to rape the female victim." The men are so far only being called "Saw" and "Win."

To help piece the murders together, Saw and Win were hauled to the crime scene and made to act out what happened: Footage cited by Sky News reportedly shows the two surrounded by hundreds of police officers, residents, and tourists, with one of the men "wielding a large-handled tool" that was apparently meant to represent the garden hoe thought to be the murder weapon. Meanwhile, Reuters points out that migrant workers in Thailand have shouldered the brunt of blame before for crimes there. Human rights activists say these suspects don't even have legal representation, though the police chief tells Reuters, "They haven't asked for lawyers. If they had asked for lawyers, we would have provided lawyers for them as this is their basic right." (Thai officials are mulling ways to keep tourists safe in the future.)

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