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Thai killings: Witheridge family raise money to attend trial

Hannah Witheridge fundraising page Image copyright Andrew Woodger
Image caption The fundraising drive by the Witheridge family began in February

The family of a woman killed in Thailand have raised enough money to attend the trial of two men accused of murdering her and a man.

Hannah Witheridge, 23, of Norfolk and David Miller, 24, from Jersey were found dead on a beach in September.

Two Burmese men are due to stand trial in July.

The Witheridge family's fundraising appeal has reached its £10,000 target to help pay for flights, accommodation and translators.

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Image caption David Miller was found to have died from head wounds and drowning, a post-mortem examination showed
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Image caption The funeral of Hannah Witheridge was held in Hemsby in October

The two Britons were killed on the island of Koh Tao.

Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Htun, both 21, are accused of killing the pair. They also face a rape charge.

'Bitter sweet'

Ms Witheridge's sister Laura launched an online appeal for £10,000 in February, which has now reached more than £11,000 to help fund five members of the family, from Hemsby near Great Yarmouth, attend the trial.

Writing online, Laura Witheridge said: "The pressure and worry that has been lifted through hitting our goal is enormous.

"We can now focus our energy and time on preparing for the very difficult months that lie ahead.

"At a time when we are struggling to bear the weight of our load, we are propped up by the outpourings of support from, in many instances, complete strangers - it is bitter sweet."

The family said any surplus money raised would be donated to charity.

Post-mortem examinations found Mr Miller died from drowning and a blow to the head, while Ms Witheridge died from head wounds.

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