CAUGHT IN SOMEONE ELSE’S BATTLE-
fire when rivals gangs clashed on the Full Moon Party Island of Koh Phangan
after the New Year countdown.
Stephen Ashton was shot in the side apparently while dance
on the sand on Haad Rin Beach on the island, just north of the tourist hotspot
of Koh Samui.
a place of concern and specifically mentions roving Thai gangs.
has only elementary surgical facilities were unable to revive Stephen Ashton, from Purley.
the beachside Zoom bar on the island, which is famous for its Full Moon Parties, when the shooting took place.
Kaewkla. He is expected to be presented
in court on Wednesday after a police press conference. He has however denied
being the killer, while admitting being involved in the fight.
Kittisan Dejsoonthornwat,is flying to the island to oversee the case.
groups of Thais at the Zoom bar.
police station said: “Stephen was not involved in the fight. The gun used was home-made.
He was arrested in Ban Tai.”
hilly area of the island
gap year students ‘to do lists’.
the past and many Thais from Bangkok just do not visit the Samui archipelago because
of what they derscribe as ‘ ísland mentality’.
|A historical photo of a drugs menu being offered on
Haad Rin Beach. Drugs are still available but not quite so
during the all night raves. There can be
a strong undertow at Haad Rin.
Rin beach in 2004.
being stabbed eight times in the
Drop Inn Bar on Haad Rin Beach.
|British party raver sending the wrong signals on Haad
the Koh Samui archipelago a popular destination for British tourists.
attacks by gangs in Koh Phangan. These attacks are particularly common around
the time of the Full Moon parties and generally occur late at night near bars
in Haad Rin. Exercise caution when walking in this area at any time, especially
Chaweng, Koh Samui. Attacks have also occurred in other tourist districts in
Thailand frequented by western tourists including Chiang Mai. Care should be
taken in such areas, especially at night.
against foreign men and women, especially in the Koh Samui archipelago. Since
2009, a number of British nationals were victims of serious sexual offences”
Daily Mail Evening Standard
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