A man accused of shooting dead a British holidaymaker on New Year's Eve in Thailand has appeared in court today.
Ekkapan Kaewkla, 26, is suspected of killing Stephen Ashton at a beach party at Koh Phangan.
Mr Ashton, 22, a former city trader from Purley, south London, was enjoying New Year celebrations when he was caught in the crossfire of a gunfight between rival gangs.
His relatives are due to meet the British ambassador to Thailand to make arrangements for his repatriation.
The 26-year old man accused of killing British tourist Stephen Ashton is due to appear at a court on the Isle of Koh Samui, the neighbouring island to where the shooting took place.
ITV News managed to speak to him in the holding cells, briefly, and he said that he wants to say sorry to the Ashton Family. He said: "I know I have done wrong" and claimed that his intended victim hid behind tourists when he pointed his gun at rival gang members.
ITV News' China Correspondent Angus Walker reports from outside the court.
The family of the British tourist Stephen Ashton, who was shot dead by a stray bullet on a beach in Thailand, have said they are "devastated" by his death.
His relatives are due to meet the British ambassador to Thailand tomorrow to make arrangements for his repatriation.
Meanwhile, police in Thailand say they have arrested a man who has confessed to the 22-year-old's murder.
ITV News' correspondent Angus Walker reports from Bangkok:
A man has allegedly admitted to unintentionally killing a British tourist at a New Year's Eve party on a Thai island, according to the Bangkok Post.
Stephen Ashton, 22, was shot dead on Koh Phangan and earlier 26-year-old Ekkapan Kaewkla was arrested in connection with the shooting.
The Bangkok Post reported that Mr Kaewkla said: “My group was outnumbered so we ran outside the bar. I drew out a gun and fired a shot into the bar aimed at my rivals.
"But it turned out that the tourist was hit. I’m sorry for the incident that occurred and I am ready to be punished for what I have done."
Thai police say that the suspect they have in custody has confessed to the killing of Stephen Ashton.
It seems that the British tourist was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.
The island is famous for its New Year and Full Moon parties but also notorious for drugs, crime and gangs.
Stephen Ashton's MP Richard Ottaway said he had been in touch with the Foreign Office to check that everything was being done to support the investigation.
The MP, who chairs the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, has also contacted the family to extend his condolences and offer any help that he can.
The UK ambassador to Thailand will be visiting the scene of the crime tomorrow.
I have written to Mr Ashton's family to offer my help in any way that I can.
I am determined to ensure that justice is served and that whoever is responsible for this heinous act is held to account.
I understand that under Thai law the authorities have up to 84 days to bring charges and there is a bit of a history of this time being taken in other cases.
It may be some weeks before charges are finally brought.
The Foreign Office issued a statement on behalf of the family of Stephen Ashton, who was killed in Thailand on New Year’s Eve:
As a family we are completely devastated by the loss of Stephen from our lives.
He has been taken away from us in such cruel and tragic circumstances in which he was an innocent bystander simply enjoying New Year celebrations.
We are comforted in the thought that he was having a fantastic time with friends after such a difficult period following the loss of his much-loved dad who passed away from a brain tumour in 2011 and the loss of his granddad a few months earlier.
We were all so proud of him; he was a much loved son, brother, grandson and nephew.
He will be truly missed by his family but also by the many friends he made during his life.
We cannot comprehend how someone can carry out such a reckless act, giving such little value to human life.
We ask that our privacy be respected to allow us to grieve.
Stephen Ashton's former school has sent their condolences to his friends and family in a message on its website:
It is with real sadness that we have learnt of the tragic death of Stephen, one of our former students, over the New Year. Our thoughts, and the prayers of many within our community, are with his family and friends at this difficult time.
Ekkapan Kaewkla is the man arrested by Thai police after British tourist Stephen Ashton, 22, was shot dead at a New Year's Eve party on a beach at Koh Phangan
Police said they had several witnesses and enough evidence to prosecute the 26-year-old suspect.
Thailand shooting victim Stephen Ashton, 22, was a regular at the Rectory pub in Brighton Road, Purley.
Deputy manager Matthew Hitchmough said:
He had been coming in here for quite some time, and was bubbly - he always had friends and girls round him.
I didn't know him particularly well, just to say a few words to, but he was a nice man - I can't say a bad word about him.
It's certainly a shock to hear this has happened, I know that a few of the people who come in go to Thailand for Christmas and new year.