Migrant worker confesses of killing British tourists in Thai

A migrant worker from Myanmar was arrested on Friday after he allegedly confessed to the murder of two British tourists whose battered bodies were found on Thailand's scenic Koh Tao island.

PTI| Last Updated: Oct 03, 2014, 17:06 PM IST

Bangkok: A migrant worker from Myanmar was arrested on Friday after he allegedly confessed to the murder of two British tourists whose battered bodies were found on Thailand's scenic Koh Tao island.

The accused is among three men from Myanmar detained for their alleged involvement in the killings of the two Britons.

The three men were identified as Win and Saw, both 21, who worked as waiters at a restaurant on the island and Maw, 23, who worked at a pub there.

A police source, according to Nation newspaper, has confirmed that DNA sample from two of three detained Myanmar workers matched with DNA extracted from semen found on a British tourist who was killed along with her compatriot on Koh Tao on September 15.

The source said the DNA results will be used to obtain arrest warrants to make formal arrests of the two suspects.

Jakthip said Win admitted to killing both victims.

Meanwhile, the UK has offered to assist the police in the investigation into the murders of Hannah Witheridge and David Miller.

Somyot mentioned the offer after he met Britain's Ambassador Mark Kent, who reportedly told Somyot that the UK government was ready to provide support, especially in regards to technology such as DNA testing, including identifying ethnicity.

Along with a drop in tourist confidence in Thailand following the killings, the issue has caused a public image problem for the police given what was seen as their aimless efforts in trying to solve the case, the daily said.

About 200 policemen were deployed today to guard the two Myanmar suspects during a reenactment of their alleged murder of two tourists.