Two Burmese men confess to killing British couple in fit of jealousy on Thailand beach

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Myanmar worker Win, center, is escorted by Thai police officers for a press conference in Koh Tao island , Surat Thani province, Thailand, Friday, Oct. 3, 2014. Two workers from Myanmar have confessed to killing a pair of British tourists whose battered bodies were found on a beach in southern Thailand last month, and police said Friday that the suspects' DNA matched that collected from one of the victims.(AP Photo) THAILAND OUT
Workers from Myanmar, Saw, left, and Win, sit together, escorted by a Thai police officer, during a press conference in Koh Tao island, Surat Thani province. Thailand, Friday, Oct. 3, 2014. Thai police have arrested the two Myanmar workers they say confessed to killing a pair of British tourists on a beach in the southern Thailand last month. (AP Photo) THAILAND OUT
The body of slain British tourists, Hannah Witheridge, wrapped in plastic sheet, is carried at a forensic police facility in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. Police on the scenic resort island of Koh Tao in southern Thailand conducted a sweep of hotels and workers' residences Tuesday searching for clues into the slayings of two British tourists whose nearly naked, battered bodies were found on a beach a day earlier.(AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
The body of slain British tourists,David Miller, wrapped in plastic sheet, is carried at a forensic police facility in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. Police on the scenic resort island of Koh Tao in southern Thailand conducted a sweep of hotels and workers' residences Tuesday searching for clues into the slayings of two British tourists whose nearly naked, battered bodies were found on a beach a day earlier.(AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
The bodies of slain British tourists, wrapped in plastic sheets, Hannah Witheridge and David Miller, are delivered at a forensic police facility in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday , Sept. 16, 2014. Police on the scenic resort island of Koh Tao in southern Thailand conducted a sweep of hotels and workers' residences Tuesday searching for clues into the slayings of the two British tourists whose nearly naked, battered bodies were found on a beach a day earlier.(AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
Family members of Hannah Witheridge, one of two slain British tourists, hug each other at the Royal Thai Police Headquarters before meeting with Thai police in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. Police in Thailand said Wednesday that DNA samples from the bodies of two British tourists found bludgeoned on a resort island did not match any collected from 12 people who were among those in the area.(AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
Myanmar workers Saw, center left, and Win, center right, are escorted by a Thai police officers for a press conference in Koh Tao island, Surat Thani province, Thailand, Friday, Oct. 3, 2014. Two workers from Myanmar have confessed to killing a pair of British tourists whose battered bodies were found on a beach in southern Thailand last month, and police said Friday that the suspects' DNA matched that collected from one of the victims. (AP Photo) THAILAND OUT
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Thai officers work near the bodies of two British tourists Monday, Sept. 15, 2014 on a beach in Surat Thani province, southern Thailand. Their bodies were discovered early Monday on a beach on Koh Tao, a small island known for its diving sites and serene beaches, police said. (AP Photo/Daily News) THAILAND OUT
Thai officers walk near the bodies of two British tourists Monday, Sept. 15, 2014 on a beach in Surat Thani province, southern Thailand. Their bodies were discovered early Monday on a beach on Koh Tao, a small island known for its diving sites and serene beaches, police said. (AP Photo/Daily News) THAILAND OUT
The bodies of slain British tourists, wrapped in plastic sheets, Hannah Witheridge and David Miller, are delivered at a forensic police facility in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday , Sept. 16, 2014. Police on the scenic resort island of Koh Tao in southern Thailand conducted a sweep of hotels and workers' residences Tuesday searching for clues into the slayings of the two British tourists whose nearly naked, battered bodies were found on a beach a day earlier.(AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
A Thai police officer (L) helps rescue workers pull bags containing the bodies of two murdered British tourists out of a vehicle as they are brought to the forensic department of the Police General Hospital in Bangkok on September 16, 2014. Thai police on September 16 ruled out several Myanmar workers over the murder of two young British tourists, as Thailand's military ruler appeared to call into question the 'behaviour' of the victims themselves. David Miller, 24, and Hannah Witheridge, 23, were found naked and beaten to death early on September 15 near a beachside bungalow on the island, a diving hot-spot near Koh Phangan in the Gulf of Thailand. AFP PHOTO/Christophe ARCHAMBAULT (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP/Getty Images)
Chief of the Forensic Police Institute Pornchai Suteerakune updates reporters on the deaths of two British tourists who were found dead on a beach in Koh Tao, a popular diving destination in the Gulf of Thailand, in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Police on the scenic Thai resort island searched hotels and workers' residences Tuesday looking for clues into the slayings of the tourists whose nearly naked, battered bodies were found on a beach a day earlier.(AP photo/Sakchai Lalit)
The body of slain British tourists, Hannah Witheridge, wrapped in plastic sheet, is carried at a forensic police facility in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. Police on the scenic resort island of Koh Tao in southern Thailand conducted a sweep of hotels and workers' residences Tuesday searching for clues into the slayings of two British tourists whose nearly naked, battered bodies were found on a beach a day earlier.(AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
British Embassy officials arrive at the Forensic Police Institute to examine the condition of the bodies of two murdered British tourists in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Police on a scenic Thai resort island searched hotels and workers' residences Tuesday looking for clues into the slayings of the tourists whose nearly naked, battered bodies were found on a beach a day earlier. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
A Thai police officer stands outside a ceremony room as British Embassy officials are inside to examine the condition of the bodies of two murdered British tourists and to report it to their families at the Forensic Police Institute in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Police on the scenic Thai resort island of Koh Tao in the Gulf of Thailand searched hotels and workers' residences Tuesday looking for clues into the slayings of two British tourists whose nearly naked, battered bodies were found on a beach a day earlier. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
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By RYAN GORMAN

A pair of Burmese man have reportedly confessed to the grisly killing of two British tourists found dead last month on a Thailand beach.

One of the suspects is known only as Win, according to Thai newspaper Phuketwan. The 21-year-old confessed to murdering both Hannah Witheridge, 23, and David Miller, 24, who were discovered on Koh Tao island, sources told Reuters. The other is not named.

Their confessions came after multiple people were detained, questioned and DNA samples were taken, according to the Associated Press.

"We are interrogating them. So far, accounts from the two men matched and they confessed they killed the tourists," Police Maj. Gen. Kiattipong Khawsamang told the AP.

"The investigation has advanced considerably," Lieutenant General Jaktip Chaijinda, Thailand's deputy national chief of police, told Reuters.

A third man questioned by police denied his involvement.

The young couple was found September 15 brutally beaten on a beach popular with young tourists. Further post-mortem examination found they had also been drowned, authorities said.

Investigators immediately questioned two Britons who were also traveling with the couple but released them and then focused on migrant workers from Burma.

A confrontation with a previously unidentified man at a nearby bar was initially determined to be what led to the horrific killing, according to Reuters.

But investigators later learned the pair was having sex on the beach when they were approached by at least one Burmese man who beat and drowned them to death in a fit of rage after two of them raped Witheridge, sources told Phuketwan.

The confessed killer is detained but has not yet been charged.

"We still have to wait for DNA test results, which we expect to have in 14 hours from now, in order to confirm this," said Jaktip.

It is not clear why the other two Burmese men initially questioned have not been detained or charged in the jealous frenzy.

The officer in charge of the tourist island's police force has been removed from his post and sent to the capital city Bangkok, Phuketwan reported.
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