British police review probe into Leeds student’s murder in Thailand

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BRITISH detectives who travelled to Thailand to review the probe into the murders of Leeds University student David Miller and his companion Hannah Witheridge are due to return to the UK, having completed their work “as far as possible.”

Officers from the Metropolitan Police flew out last month to work with the Royal Thai Police after an agreement between David Cameron and military ruler General Prayuth Chan-ocha.

Hannah Witheridge

Hannah Witheridge

It followed international concern about the way the case has been handled by the Thai authorities.

Mr Miller, 24, and 23-year-old Ms Witheridge, from Great Yarmouth in Norfolk, were found dead on a beach on the holiday island of Koh Tao in September.

Mr Miller, from Jersey, had finished three years of a four-year masters degree in civil and structural engineering in Leeds in June and was due to return to the city to complete the course.

Two Burmese men, named as 21-year-old bar workers Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Htun, were charged with the killings and paraded in front of cameras after apparently making confessions, but these were later reportedly withdrawn.

UK police concerns are understood to have been around the verification of DNA samples of the suspects and allegations of their mistreatment.

Scotland Yard said officers will compile a report from their review.

the Metropolitan Police said in a statement: “Detectives from the United Kingdom who are currently in Thailand reviewing the investigation into the murders of Hannah Witheridge and David Miller have completed their work, as far as possible.

“They will now be returning to the UK to compile their report and to update the families of Hannah and David on their findings.

“The police team wish to thank the Thai authorities for facilitating the visit.”

A University of Leeds Spokeswoman said after Mr Miller’s death: “David had just completed his third year of civil and structural engineering and was about to start the fourth year of the MEng course.

“He was an excellent student and clearly had a promising career ahead of him.”

Writing on Facebook, fellow Leeds student Ben McAndrew wrote: “Thank you for being in my life, words cannot describe the loss to humanity.”

Mr McAndrew added: “I know that you will never be forgotten, as this wall shows you made a positive impact on a lot of peoples lives and you will continue to do so in wonderful memories.”