Saturday, January 4, 2014

Saturday, January 04, 2014
From Andrew Drummond, Bangkok

A year after Briton Stephen Ashton, 22, was shot dead at a beach party in Thailand – a second Briton has died after being lacerated to death near the same spot.

23-year-old Kevin Liddle, from Gateshead, died at a New Year’s Eve on the holiday island of Koh Phangan, after falling through a plate glass window.

Liddle, who was travelling with three young friends, all aged 23 and 24, died after he crashed through the window of the shop in Haadrin Beach. Koh Phangan within yards of Zoom Bar where Ashton was gunned down.

Liddle was pronounced dead at 11.50 on New Year’s Eve by medical staff at the Bandon Clinic on the island, the same clinic Ashton was taken to.

Thai Police who had not released the news insisted last night that there was no foul play suspected.
A Haad Rin police spokesman said three other Britons had been interviewed. They were his friends and ‘not involved’. “They said it was an accident”. 

Stephen Ashton
Police named the friends as Joseph Tate, John Henderson, and Andrew Petch, all from Sunderland,  who were allowed to leave the island for the neighbouring island of Koh Samui the next day.

Shopkeepers on Koh Phangan do not as a rule use expensive safety glass.

Stephen Ashton, from Purley, South London,  was hit in the cross fire of a gun battle between two rivals gangs after violence erupted outside the Zoom Bar on Haad Rin Beach.


A Foreign Office Advisory about Koh Phangan and Haad Rin Beach famous for its Full Moon Raves states: “Western tourists have been victims of vicious, unprovoked 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 on Koh Phangan. 

In January 2013 a British national was killed in a shooting incident while at a beach party in Haad Rin. 

Violent assaults and robberies have been reported in Chaweng, Koh Samui. Attacks have also occurred in other tourist districts in Thailand including in Chiang Mai, Pattaya and Krabi. Take care, especially at night.

There have been sexual assaults against foreign men and women, especially in the Koh Samui archipelago and Krabi province. 

Tourists have also been robbed after bringing visitors to their hotel rooms. In some cases their drinks were drugged. Be careful about taking drinks from strangers and at clubs and parties, particularly in Koh Samui, Pattaya and at the Full Moon party on Koh Phangan, where date rapes have been reported.

Alcohol and drugs can lead to you being less alert, less in control and less aware of your environment. If you drink, know your limit. 

Drinks served in bars overseas are often stronger than those in the UK. Some British nationals have suffered severe psychiatric problems because of drug use, resulting in some suicides.



  1. Why are the foreign office advisories so meekly worded. One gets the same from one particular internet forum aimed at tourists and expats.