Sister of backpacker who was raped and bludgeoned to death on beach dies in hospital

The sister of a backpacker who was raped and bludgeoned to death in Thailand has died five years later.

Hannah Witheridge, 23 from the UK, was murdered on Koh Tao island alongside Jersey man David Miller, 24, in 2014 by Burmese pair Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Tun.

The men, both 22 at the time, were working on the island as service workers.

Laura Daniels (right) pictured with her sister Hannah Witheridge. Source: Facebook

A day after the fifth anniversary of their deaths, Ms Witheridge’s family announced her 30-year-old sister, Laura Daniels had died following a period of illness.

"Laura was being treated in hospital. Our hearts are broken, our lives shattered again," a family statement said, according to the BBC.

"The pain of this loss is indescribable and our family very much need time and privacy during this unbearable time."

British students Hannah Witheridge (L) and David Miller (R) Source: AAP
Wai Phyo and Zaw Lin Source: AAP

Her death comes just a month after Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Tun lost their appeal in Thailand’s Supreme Court to have their convictions quashed.

They were sentenced to death in December 2015 following their not guilty plea.

Ms Witheridge and Mr Miller had travelled to Thailand separately and became friends during their visit.

Their deaths made headlines across the world due to the shocking nature of the attacks where their bodies were left severely battered.

They were discovered on a beach on the morning of September 15.

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