A British tourist in Thailand who was hacked to death with a scythe by a furious neighbour has been named by his partner, who paid tribute to ‘another person I loved dearly’ in a heartbreaking online post.
Marcus Evans, 49, from Weston Super Mare started drinking on Friday afternoon with his girlfriend and friend Shaun Dagnan, from Nuneaton, local media said.
The victims were attacked in the early hours of Saturday in Kanchanaburi, central Thailand, allegedly over playing music too loud.
Mr Evans was killed in the attack while Mr Dagnan suffering critical injuries and was rushed to a nearby hospital.
Police said they have arrested a 23-year-old local man with a history of mental health issues in connection with the attack.
Mr Evans was named as the victim of the attack by Melanie Derrick – his devastated former partner and mother of his children – in a Facebook post on Saturday.
Along with a picture of the couple together, she wrote: ‘And just like that another person I loved dearly…. Gone xxx.’
Police were called to the scene around 3.50am on Saturday local time (20:50 GMT) and found the victim shirtless, wearing a pair of black shorts and lying face down in a pool of blood with knife wounds to his neck.
His friend found nearby was rushed to hospital in a critical condition, police said, adding that they found a pair of shoes and a sickle – which they suspected was the murder weapon – at the scene.
A Foreign Office spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘We are in 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.’
Marcus Evans, 49, from Weston Super Mere started drinking on Friday afternoon with his girlfriend and friend Shaun Dagnan, from Nuneaton. In the early hours of Saturday morning, he was allegedly attacked and killed with a sickle, allegedly over playing music too loudly
According to Thai media, 55-year-old Shaun Kevin Dagnan (pictured left in a photo from Facebook) survived the attack in the early hours of Saturday morning in Kanchanaburi
The alleged murder weapon was a sickle found at the scene after two British men were attacked in Kanchanaburi, Thailand, early on Saturday
Police said they had arrested a 23-year-old local man (pictured) with a history of mental health issues in connection with attack and had sustained injuries consistent with a knife fight
Mueang Police found a pair of shoes and a sickle, (pictured) which they suspected was the murder weapon, at the scene
Police speak with the Thai girlfriend of a British tourist was allegedly hacked to death with a scythe in Kanchaburi, Thailand, in the early hours of Saturday morning, January 22
Local reports said the British men started drinking on Friday and carried on ‘talking loudly and playing music’ from a Bluetooth speaker until well past midnight.
However, a furious Thai neighbour allegedly confronted them before launching the frenzied attacked with a scythe shortly after 3am.
Residents heard shouting before finding the body of one British man – which was almost decapitated – while the other was severely injured. He was taken to hospital.
Officers arrived and the 23-year-old was arrested later that morning hiding in a nearby house. He is said to have been ‘trembling and covered in blood’.
The alleged attack took place outside a rented room at the Soi Sri Lanka in Mueang, Kanchanaburi.
A neighbour, who was a relative of the dead victim’s girlfriend, told police he was woken by a loud noise early on Saturday.
When he went to see what the commotion was, he found the two victims, the Bangkok Post reported.
Pictures showed the scene swarming with police officers with streams of thick red blood, spattered walls and a stash of empty beer bottles.
The alleged attack took place outside a rented room at the Soi Sri Lanka in Mueang, Kanchanaburi, central Thailand
Mueang Police said the suspect was a resident of Kanchanaburi (pictured) and was remanded in custody with injuries consistent with a knife fight
Mueang Police said the suspect was a local resident and was remanded in custody with injuries consistent with a knife fight.
But it was later reported the man taken into police custody was injured after he was attacked by neighbours who believed he was the perpetrator.
Police Colonel Somkiart Chomchai said a team of police, including forensic officers, were dispatched to the scene to collect evidence.
Adria Licci, 59, from Italy and a friend of the victim, who also lived in the resort, said that the deceased had arrived on December 17 to visit his Thai girlfriend.
He said: ‘I was friends with the man who died and the one who was injured. They also knew the attacker and they had drinks with him before and had given him cigarettes. They used to joke with him a lot.
‘I’ve never seen the three of them arguing before until last night when I heard them all shouting at about 3am.
‘I came out of the room to see and found the wounded man and dead man lying on the ground in a pool of blood.
‘We think that the issue was caused by the guys playing loud music, but this should have been discussed and solved. It shouldn’t have to be this violent.’
Police Colonel Somkiart Chomchai from the Muang district police said the alleged murderer had been arrested at 8:50am and taken into custody. He is due to be interviewed on Sunday and also have psychiatric assessments.
The policeman said: ‘At the scene there was a large number of blood marks on the ground. On the marble table were beer bottles and a Bluetooth speaker.
‘We interrogated neighbours nearby the scene and everybody said that the foreigners had been playing music loudly, which made the attacker angry.
‘We have to gather more information on the incident to find whether the attacker was suffering from a mental illness.’
Police said that the British Embassy in Bangkok had been informed of the death.