Police officials this afternoon claimed a migrant worker from Myanmar has confessed to the murder of two British tourists on Koh Tao last month.
Identified only as Win, 21, the suspect is one of the three new suspects most recently implicated by law enforcement in the killing of British tourists David Miller and Hannah Witheridge on Koh Tao on Sept. 15.
Police Lt. Gen. Jakthip Chaichinda made the announcement this afternoon as questioning of the three were still underway. Earlier today police had announced they had “sufficient evidence” to soon make an arrest. However while announcing the confession, authorities said they hadn’t established a DNA link with any of the three.
According to Jakthip, Win told them he saw the young couple together on the beach and attacked them because he was aroused.
Two other Burmese workers, Mao and Saw, 23 and 21, have also been detained by police.
Police said Mao, who works at the bar where the couple’s bodies were found, said he was playing guitar on a wooden log where police earlier recovered cigarette butts they tested for DNA. He said those cigarettes were his but denied involvement in the crime, Kom Chad Luek reported.
After weeks of investigative missteps and false alarms, public skepticism has grown over the ability of police to bring those responsible to justice. In the early days after the murder, resources seemed directed toward pursuing migrant workers and other foreigners, including a British friend of Miller detained and eventually released.