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British Man Killed at New Year's Party in Thailand

2 January 2013

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. Twenty-two-year-old Stephen David Ashton was shot in his torso early Tuesday morning and died at a hospital. 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.—AP