Leeds student ‘died while protecting his friend’

David Miller may have died trying to stop fellow backbacker being killed.
David Miller may have died trying to stop fellow backbacker being killed.
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The father of a Leeds student murdered in Thailand believes his son had stepped in to help his fellow victim when they were both brutally killed on the holiday island.

Ian Miller said it was in his 24-year-old son David’s character to help, and claimed that was probably the circumstance when he and Hannah Witheridge were murdered in Koh Tao a week ago.

He said: “It has become clearer and clearer that it is quite likely David was stepping in to help a girl who was in trouble.

“That would be absolutely in his character.”

The body of Miss Witheridge, 23, has been brought back to the UK, her family said, as they released a statement saying they were “broken” by the tragedy.

While Thai media reports suggest there are now two main suspects in the investigation Police Colonel Kissana Phathanacharoen said: “There are more than two suspects. It is too early to say how many suspects we are looking at.”

Yesterday the force said they are investigating new evidence suggesting that the murders may have been due to “sexual jealousy”.

A spokesman for the Royal Thai Police said that the force was also looking into claims that the pair had a row with a Thai man in a bar before they were killed.

Mr Phathanacharoen said: “We have discovered fresh evidence which could lead to a new suspect who may have had a relationship or one night stand with Hannah or one of her friends or David the night before they were killed.

“We have asked the Metropolitan Police to go back and make enquiries of Hannah’s friends on this matter. The faster we get it, the faster we may be able to get the bad guy.”

Kathy Grogan founded STOP (Start Treating Others Positively) nearly 30 years ago.

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