Thailand murders: Briton Sean McAnna flees island after naming suspect on Facebook

Thailand murders: Briton flees island after naming suspect on Facebook
Sean McAnna (Picture: The Telegraph)

A British backpacker is in hiding after naming the alleged killer of David Miller and Hannah Witheridge in Thailand.

Sean McAnna, a friend of Mr Miller, claimed in a Facebook posting which has since been deleted, that the owner of a bar on the island of Koh Tao was responsible.

The 26-year-old, from Lanark, also uploaded photos of two men who approached him in a bar after claiming the Thai mafia were trying to kill him.

‘They said to me “it was you who killed them, we know it was you”…I think they needed a scapegoat,’ he told a newspaper.

‘They said “you’re going to hang yourself tonight, we’re going to watch you hang”, so I just ran.’

He fled to a 24-hour store and has since left the island by ferry.

This combination of handout images created from undated images received from Britain's Foreign and Commonwealth Office on September 16, 2014 shows British students, Hannah Witheridge (L) and David Miller (R). Thai police on September 16, 2014 ruled out three Myanmar workers in connection with the murder of two young British tourists, as Thailand's military ruler appeared to call into question the "behaviour" of the victims themselves. The bodies of David Miller, 24, and Hannah Witheridge, 23, arrived in Bangkok late September 16, 2014 for forensic examination. They were found naked and beaten to death early September 15, 2014 near a beachside bungalow on the island, a diving hot-spot near Koh Phangan in the Gulf of Thailand. AFP PHOTO/FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE -RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS-HO/AFP/Getty Images
David Miller was murdered along with Hannah Witheridge (Picture: Enterprise News And Pictures)

In an earlier tribute to Mr Miller, he posted: ‘I loved you so f****** much brother. I know you tried to save her. You are the most honourable guy I’ve ever met.’

Other ex-pats have said much of the island is in the control ‘of locally powerful mafia-like families’.

The badly beaten bodies of Miss Witheridge, 23, from Great Yarmouth, and Mr Miller, 24, from Jersey, were found on a beach on Monday last week.

Police are reportedly ready to DNA test every man on the island.

They are waiting on the results of tests on a 28-year-old speedboat driver arrested on drugs charges. Locals reported he had been acting in a ‘crazy manner’.

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