British man killed at New Year’s party in Thailand

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 02 January, 2013, 12:20pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 02 January, 2013, 12:25pm

Police have arrested a suspect in the death of a British tourist struck by a stray bullet at a New Year’s beach party on a popular Thai island.

Police Colonel Krittakarn Kramomthong said on Wednesday that 22-year-old Stephen David Ashton was shot in his torso early on Tuesday morning and died at a hospital.

He said police arrested a 26-year-old Thai man and confiscated his pistol. The suspect is expected to be charged with manslaughter.

Police said Ashton was among many locals and foreigners reveling at a New Year’s beach party on Koh Pa Ngan when a brawl started between two groups of young Thais with guns.




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