UK man shot dead at Thai beach party

2013-01-01 22:52

Bangkok - A 22-year-old British tourist was shot dead as he danced at a New Year party on one of Thailand's most famous islands after a fight between rival Thai gangs erupted on the beach, police said on Tuesday.

Stephen Ashton was killed when a Thai man opened fire at a bar on the southern island of Koh Phangan in the early hours of the morning.

"He was shot in the side while he was dancing on the beach," local policeman Lieutenant Colonel Somsak Noorod told AFP, adding the area had been packed with revellers during the evening's New Year celebrations.

Police believe the gunman was aiming at members of a rival gang.

The British Foreign Office said it was providing consular assistance to Ashton's family.

Phangan is a resort island in the Gulf of Thailand neighbouring Koh Samui and draws thousands of backpackers to its famous full moon parties.

  • charmaine.mcdonald2 - 2013-01-02 03:42

    Thank Thee Lord for Thy Mercy and Grace, I love my Country, my trip to the land of the MOON, is canceled. Human Beings killing human beings everyday," O Lord, When will it end"?

  • moagi.mpshe - 2013-01-02 06:37

    There were a lot of people at the party and I was shocked to read this story through news24... Beach was packed with hardly any Thai people there... Sad indeed

  • lskosana3 - 2013-01-02 11:38

    Ai death follows us everywhere!

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