Family raise £11k to fly to Thailand for murder trial

Hannah Witheridge and David Miller.
Hannah Witheridge and David Miller.
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The family of a British student murdered in Thailand has raised enough money to attend the trial of two men accused of the killing.

Hannah Witheridge, 23, from Norfolk, and Leeds student David Miller, 24, were killed on the island of Koh Tao in September 2014.

Migrants Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Htun, both 21-year-old bar workers from Burma, are accused of the killings and are due to stand trial in Thailand in July. They also face a rape charge.

Miss Witheridge’s sister Laura has raised £11,400 after setting up an online campaign at www.gofundme.com/HannahWitheridge to help pay for accommodation and a translator.

Writing online, Laura said: “The pressure and worry that has been lifted is enormous.

“The past six months have been indescribably horrific [...] but I’ve also been shown that there are still good, honest, genuine people in the world.”

Mr Miller studied civil and structural engineering at Leeds University, where he was on course for a first-class degree.

Speaking at the time, his family said he was a “hard-working, bright and conscientious” man who would be “sorely missed”.

The Migrant Workers Rights Network, which represents the accused, has also launched an appeal to raise £46,000 to pay for their defence.