Murderers of Hemsby woman Hannah Witheridge given more time to lodge Thailand death sentence appeal

Hannah Witheridge. Picture submitted.

Hannah Witheridge. Picture submitted. - Credit: Archant

Two men found guilty of murdering a Hemsby woman who was backpacking in Thailand have been given more time to lodge their final appeal against their death sentences, it has been reported.

Zaw Lin and Wai Phyo were convicted of murdering Hannah Witheridge, 23, and David Miller, 24 and were sentenced to death on Christmas Eve 2015.

They had been found guilty of the murders of Miss Witheridge and Mr Miller on the Thai island of Koh Tao in September 2014.

Zaw Lin and Wai Phyo, both from Myanmar, then appealed their death sentences - with that appeal being rejected in February by a higher court. But both men were then allowed to appeal to the country's Supreme Court

It has now been reported by an Asian news agency that their deadline to lodge a final appeal to the Thai Supreme has been extended until May 23. The deadline had been due to run out on April 23.

Miss Witheridge and Mr Miller, who was from Jersey, were beaten to death with a garden hoe and their bodies left for dead on a beach on the island.

Miss Witheridge, a former University of East Anglia and Langley School student, had also been raped.