Thai man in court over Brit death

The 26-year old Thai man accused of shooting dead British tourist Stephen Ashton at a New Year's Eve party has appeared in court. He told ITV News he wants to say sorry to his family, adding "I know I have done wrong."

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Thai suspect 'denies' killing Brit but admits fighting with gang

  • Police arrested the 26-year-old suspect, who was thought to have gone into hiding on a mountain close to the beach where the shooting took place, around noon (local time) on New Year's Day, according to reports;
  • The Bankok Post said the suspect denied firing the deadly shot but admitting being involved a fight with a group of men at Zoom Bar, where Mr Ashton was partying.

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Thai police: Man expected to be charged

A man is expected to be charged with manslaughter following an arrest, police in Thailand said.

Police said British tourist Stephen Ashton was with a group of friends and 300 other tourists on New Year's Eve.

They were celebrating the countdown to 2013 at a pub and restaurant called the Zoom Bar when he was shot by a home-made gun at Haad Rin beach shortly after 4am.

The Bangkok Post reported that he was visiting the island with four or five friends and was staying at Pink Bungalow on Haad Rin.

Man arrested over Briton shot dead in Thailand

Police in Thailand have arrested a man after a British tourist was shot dead at a New Year's Eve party when he was hit by a stray bullet as he danced with friends.

Stephen Ashton, 22, is said to have been at a beach bar on the paradise island of Koh Phangan. Police Colonel Kittakarn Kramomthong, chief of police at the island's station, said officers had arrested a 26-year-old Thai man and confiscated a gun.

Brit shot dead in Thailand brings total to eight

by - Political Correspondent

This does seem to be a tragic case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The man who died has been named as Stephen Ashton. He was just 22 and was celebrating the New Year at a beach party.

But the Foreign Office said it is not changing its travel advice to Thailand because it already contains a warning about the dangers of unprovoked attacks by gangs on the island of Koh Phangan.

Seven Britons have been killed in Thailand since 2009 and the death of 22-year-old Stephen Ashton from Redhill in Surrey, brings that total to eight.

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Tributes paid to victim of Thailand 'shooting'

Friends have been paying tribute to Stephen Ashton on his Facebook page and on Twitter after the British tourist was killed at a New Year's Eve party in Thailand.

One person wrote: "Cannot believe what I've just seen...in complete and utter shock...thoughts are with you and your family".

Others described him as an "absolute gent" and a "lovely boy".

Another wrote on Twitter:

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RIP Stephen Ashton, can't believe it absolute shock, nicest fella and had so much going for him! Rip steve

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