Jersey

Mourners remember Thai murder victim

David Miller's funeral cortege outside Trinity church
Image caption David Miller's funeral cortege outside Holy Trinity Church

The funeral of David Miller, the Jersey islander murdered in Thailand, has taken place on the island.

The 24 year-old's funeral was preceded by a memorial service at Holy Trinity Church attended by family and friends.

Mr Miller was murdered on the island of Koh Tao with fellow traveller Hannah Witheridge, 23, of Hemsby, Norfolk, on 15 September.

Two suspects from Myanmar have been arrested by Thai police, who say the pair have confessed.

Image caption David Miller's wicker coffin was adorned with sunflowers

Friends and family of Mr Miller paid tribute and sang hymns during the afternoon before the family held a private funeral ceremony elsewhere.

Mr Miller was carried in a wicker coffin adorned with sunflowers.

The memorial service, led by Reverend Ian Pallent, also included a performance of Bob Dylan's song Forever Young.

Image caption David Miller's family asked mourners not to wear black

Mr Pallent told BBC News: "David was such a colourful character; a man of life, energy and vitality.

"Whilst there is great sadness that someone so young has died, this is about a celebration of his life, to give thanks to God for the impact he made.

"What we will do today and all through the next few months is show love: love to his parents, to his brother, all his friends and the rest of his family."

In a statement on Wednesday, Mr Miller's family said he "brightened up their world" and they would miss him terribly.

Mr Miller worked as an intern in the St Helier offices of Australian mining company Consolidated Minerals.

He was returning from a placement in Australia when he stopped off in Thailand for a holiday.

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Image caption Hannah Witheridge and David Miller were found dead on Koh Tao on 15 September

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