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DNA 'links suspects to murders of UK tourists'.

Byline: EMMA MCMENAMY

POLICE probing the murders of two British tourists claim they have "concrete evidence" linking two Burmese men to the deaths of Hannah Witheridge and David Miller on Koh Tao last month.

They also denied reports the suspects have withdrawn their confessions.

The men, named locally as bar workers Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Htun, are accused of murdering Ms Witheridge, 23, and Mr Miller, 24.

The 21-year-old suspects were charged with conspiracy to murder, conspiracy to rape and robbery, after local police said the men confessed.

However, it emerged on Thursday Aung Myo Thant, a Burmese embassy official, had formally retracted their confessions amid allegations the pair were tortured.

He claimed: DNA samples had matched the two suspects, who could face execution if convicted.

Deputy police chief spokesman Colonel Kissana Phathanacharoen said: "They made a full confession which has been forwarded to the public attorney's office.

"The Burmese embassy sent a representative to look at the case because two of their nationals have been charged with serious offences.

"They can withdraw their confessions if they like.

"We have concrete evidence including DNA evidence from Hannah's body which matched the two suspects."

The funeral of Miss Witheridge took place on Friday in Hemsby, Norfolk.

Mr Miller, from Jersey, died from drowning, while Miss Witheridge died from head wounds.

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