Horror In Thailand As British Tourist Is Hacked To Death With A Sickle For Playing Loud Music
Disturbing scenes in Thailand as a British man is killed and another is left in a critical condition in hospital following an attack with a sickle. A local man has been arrested and remains in police custody.
The attack occurred in Kanchanaburi, central Thailand, in the early hours of Saturday according to local media reports. Police were called to the scene at approximately 3:50 am on Saturday and found the British victim lying face down in a pool of blood with knife wounds to his neck.
Police said that his friend was discovered close by and was taken to hospital in a critical condition. Authorities confirmed that they had found a sickle at the scene which they believe is the murder weapon.
Local police said they have arrested a 22-year-old local man who has a history of mental health issues on suspicion of the attack, they also added that the suspect had sustained injuries consistent with a knife fight.
It is alleged that the man attacked the tourists after becoming enraged with their loud music still being played into the early hours of Saturday morning.
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."
The 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 authorities he was woken up by a loud noise early on Saturday. When he went to see what the disturbance was, he found the two victims.
Pictures of the crime scene show a table covered with empty beer bottles and splattered with blood.
Initially, Mueang Police said that the suspect who was remanded in custody had injuries consistent with a knife fight. However, it was later reported that the suspect 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 gather evidence.
The victim that was killed is said to be a 49-year-old man from Somerset, whilst his friend, a 55-year-old man from Nuneaton, Warwickshire, is fighting for his life in hospital after suffering serious injuries.
This is an ongoing story and we will provide an update once more information is available.