Brit ‘beheaded in Thailand sickle attack’ named as partner shares tribute

A British man who was reportedly beheaded after a run in with a furious local in a Thailand has been named.

Dad-of-two Marcus Evans, 49, originally from Somerset, was found face down in a pool of blood with blade wounds to his neck.

Another man, named locally as Shaun Kevin Dagnan and reportedly Marcus' friend, is fighting for his life in hospital.

The British pair had an alleged row with a local in Kanchanaburi, in the south west of the Asian country, in the early hours of this morning.

Marcus' partner and mother of his two kids Melanie Derrick shared a heartbreaking post on Facebook following news of his brutal death.

"And just like that another person I loved dearly…. Gone xxx," she wrote, alongside a picture of the two together.

It is understood Marcus' parents in Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, were informed of his death by the British Government.

The dead man's friend, Adria Licci, 59, from Italy, who also lived in the resort in Thailand, said that Marcus had arrived on December 17.

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.

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"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."

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Local police said that the pair had earlier been drinking beer and playing loud music at around 3am before they were attacked.

Media reports say the suspect has a history of mental health problems. After the attack, he was allegedly physically attacked by angry residents and treated at hospital, reports in Thailand said.

The Bangkok Post said police have charged him with murder and attempted murder.

He is being held at the Muang district police station for further interrogation.

A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesman 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.”

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