British man killed for partying too loudly in Thailand
A second British man was taken to hospital following the incident
The death of a British man in Thailand has been confirmed by officials amid reports he was attacked.
The man has been named as 49-year-old Marcus Evans.
A second British man, 55, was taken to hospital following the incident, the Foreign Office confirmed.
The incident reportedly took place in the early hours of Saturday in Kanchanaburi.
The Bangkok Post said the dead man was found with knife wounds.
A spokesperson for the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office said: “We are contact with the Royal Thai Police following the death of one British man and the hospitalisation of another in Thailand and are ready to provide consular support.”
A Thai man was suspected of attacking the two with a rice sickle for drinking and playing music loudly, police said, according their preliminary investigation.
Video of local media, ThaiPBS, showed police officers and forensic examiners at the scene on Saturday night, collecting evidences and weapons suspected to have been used in the crime.
A witness, a resident at the scene, told police that both victims were drinking since the evening of Friday until at 3am, while both were singing loudly in front of their resident when the 23-year-old male suspect, also a neighbour, came out of his house with a rice sickle and started hacking one of them.
The other British national who witnessed the incident tried to stop the suspect and got injured during the fight, according to ThaiPBS.
Local media said the suspect had a history of mental health issues. Police said his history was still being investigated.