Man in court over Brit tourist shooting in Thailand

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.

Ekkapan Kaewkla after his arrest by Thai police

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.

Stephen Ashton Credit: Facebook

His relatives are due to meet the British ambassador to Thailand to make arrangements for his repatriation.