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Officers said the victim and his friend, who have been identified as Marcus Evans and Shaun Dagnan, had been drinking alcohol outside a rented house in Kanchanaburi’s Muang district in the early hours of Saturday before the incident.
A sickle used to harvest rice was found at the crime scene along with a pair of shoes, local media reported.
Prasut Thipthep, 22, was charged today with “intentional homicide” and “attempted to kill” Shaun Dagnan in connection with the incident.
Marcus Evans, 50, who had reportedly lived in Thailand for five years with his Thai partner, was found dead lying in a pool of blood.
He’s friend Shaun de he, 54, was seriously injured in the attack and was taken to hospital for treatment, Western Provinces Police Commander Thanayut Wuthijarasthamrong said.
“The other Briton is now safe and under the care of doctors,” Thanayut told reporters, adding that the police investigation was ongoing.
Shaun reportedly received flowers from the Thai police while he was recovering in hospital today.
Speaking at a press conference today, Police Lt. Gen. Thanayut Vuthijarathamrong, who is leading the investigation, said: “From the investigation, the accused confessed that the cause of death stemmed from a disagreement with the deceased.
“The injured victim and the decedent drank alcohol and played loud music throughout the night until it caused dissatisfaction with the perpetrator and led him to attack the men.”
In response to reports that the suspect has a history of mental illness, the officer confirmed that he had a history of receiving treatment, but that ongoing examination was being performed to determine his mental status at the time of the attack.
He added: ‘In this situation, the investigating officer together with medical experts will assess the suspect to determine whether or not he was fully conscious at the time of the attack.
‘But initially, two serious charges were filed against the perpetrators, one of intentional homicide and the charge of attempting to kill another person.
“For the injured and the deceased, the police have teamed up with the Tourist Police, including officials from the Office of Tourism and Sport, to coordinate with the British Embassy to contact the families of the injured and dead.
He is currently waiting for the relatives of the injured and deceased to travel to Thailand. Regarding the provision of assistance to the wounded and dead, the Ministry of Tourism and Sports will consider further assistance measures.’
The UK foreign office has since confirmed that it is in contact with the Royal Thai Police and that the British embassy in Bangkok was ready to provide consular support.
Evans, from Weston Super Mare, started drinking on Friday afternoon with his partner and his friend Shaun Dagnan, from Nuneaton, local media said.
The victims were attacked early Saturday morning in Kanchanaburi, central Thailand, allegedly for playing music that was too loud.
Evans was killed in the attack, with reports suggesting he was nearly decapitated, while Dagnan sustained serious injuries and was rushed to a nearby hospital.
According to Thai media, Shaun Kevin Dagnan, 55 (pictured left in a Facebook photo), survived the attack in the early hours of Saturday morning in Kanchanaburi.
Evans was named as the victim of the attack by Melanie Derrick, who is believed to be the mother of her children, in a Facebook post on Saturday.
Along with a photo of the couple together, he wrote: ‘And so someone else I loved very much… Gone xxx.’
Police responded to the scene around 03:50 local time on Saturday (20:50 GMT) and found the victim shirtless, wearing black shorts and face down in a pool of blood with stab wounds to his neck. .
Dagnan was rushed to hospital in critical condition, police said, adding that they found a pair of shoes and a sickle, the suspected weapon, at the scene.
A Foreign Office spokesman told MailOnline: “We are in contact with the Royal Thai Police following the death of a British man and the hospitalization of another in Thailand and we stand ready to provide consular support.
Adria Licci, 59, from Italy and a friend of the victim, who also lived in the resort, said the deceased had arrived on December 17 to visit his Thai girlfriend.
He said: ‘I was a friend of the man who died and the man who was injured. They also knew the assailant and had had drinks with him earlier and given him cigarettes. They used to joke around with him a lot.
“I had never seen the three of them arguing until last night when I heard them scream around 3am.
Police Colonel Somkiart Chomchai of the Muang District Police said the suspected attacker had been arrested at 8:50 am and taken into custody.
He was due to be interviewed on Sunday and also have psychiatric evaluations.
The policeman said: ‘At the scene there were a lot of blood marks on the ground. On the marble table were bottles of beer and a Bluetooth speaker.
‘We questioned the neighbors near the scene and they all said that the foreigners had been playing loud music, which infuriated the attacker.
“We need to gather more information about the incident to determine if the shooter was mentally ill.”
Police said the British embassy in Bangkok had been informed of the death.