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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Report: Briton hit by stray bullet during fight between locals

Stephen Ashton was hit by a stray bullet following a fistfight between rival Thai youths, according to a report of the incident in the Bangkok Post.

The newspaper cites witnesses who said that an argument broke out between two groups of Thai youths at Zoom Bar on Haad Rin Beach.

A member of one of the groups reportedly fired a shot into the crowd as he ran out of the bar, hitting Mr Ashton in his torso.

Police have reportedly arrested a 26-year-old suspect and plan to question him at Noon on Wednesday.


Briton died on Thai island famous for Full Moon parties

A Full Moon party on the Thai island of Koh Phangan Credit: ITV News/Darren Burn

The Thai island of Koh Phangan, where 22-year-old Stephen Ashton is believed to have been killed in crossfire between rival gangs, is a popular party destination for tourists.

It is famous for its monthly Full Moon parties on Haad Rin Beach which draw thousands of tourists, especially at this time of year.

Reports: British tourist killed in gang crossfire in Thailand

A British tourist has been shot dead at a New Year's Eve party in Thailand after being caught in the crossfire between local gangs, according to reports.

The 22-year-old was said to have been killed as he danced with friends at a beach bar on the island of Koh Phangan.

He is thought to have been caught in the crossfire when a fight erupted between two local gangs, it was reported.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: "We are aware of the death of a British national in Thailand on New Year's Eve and we are providing consular assistance to the family."

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