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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."
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 Foreign Office issued a statement on behalf of the family of Stephen Ashton, who was killed in Thailand on New Year’s Eve:
Stephen Ashton's former school has sent their condolences to his friends and family in a message on its website:
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:
Dawn Mason, a neighbour of Stephen Ashton, described the 22-year-old as a “very normal, likeable young man.”
“I went to the house today and the family just seem in complete shock,” she told the Times newspaper.
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A British tourist has been killed on the Thai island of Koh Phangan, allegedly as a result of a stray bullet in a fight between locals.