Devastated partner of Brit murdered with sickle in Thai street posts moving tribute

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Devastated partner of Brit murdered with sickle in Thai street posts moving tribute

Marcus Evans' partner paid tribute to him in a heartbreaking social media post hours after he was killed in the Muang district of Kanchanaburi, Thailand, this morning

ByMatthew DreschNews ReporterLucy MiddletonAssistant news editor

The devastated partner of a British man killed in a brutal knife attack in Thailand has paid tribute to the man she loved 'dearly'.

Dad-of-two Marcus Evans, originally from Somerset, was struck in the neck with a sickle-shaped knife in the Muang district of Kanchanaburi during the early hours of Saturday.

Another British man, named in local media as Shaun Dagnan and believed to be from Nuneaton, was also seriously injured in the attack and taken to hospital.

The pair had been listening to music and drinking at a table past 3am when they were viciously attacked, local media reports.

Neighbours said the alleged attacker was furious about the loud music, according to a local police colonel.

A Thai man, 23, was charged with murder and attempted murder on Saturday.

Local media said the suspect had a history of mental health issues but police said his history was still being investigated.

A Thai man killed Mr Evans with a sickle in the brutal attack (
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Nicholas Razzell)

Mr Evans' devastated partner and mum of his kids confirmed his death in a post on social media, stating that she loved him "dearly".

She wrote: "And just like that another person I loved dearly…. Gone xxx."

Police Colonel Somkiart Chomchai, of the Muang district police, said the alleged attacker set upon Mr Evans and his pal after becoming enraged by their loud music.

According to The Sun, he 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.

Shaun Dagnan, from Nuneaton, was seriously injured in the attack (
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Nicholas Razzell)

"We have to gather more information on the incident to find whether the attacker was suffering from a mental illness."

Furious locals attacked the suspect after he stabbed the men, leaving him requiring hospital treatment.

Adria Licci, 59, a friend of Mr Evans also living in Thailand, claimed he had arrived in the area on December 17.

He told The Sun Mr Evans and the other British victim knew their attacker and had previously given him cigarettes and had drinks with him.

A man, 23, has been charged with murder and attempted murder (
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Nicholas Razzell)

Mr Licci said he was woken up by the trio shouting around 3am in the morning, despite not having seen them ever argue before.

He continued: "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 arrested their suspect at 8.49am after finding him hiding in the room of a relative opposite where the attack took place, the Bangkok Post reports.

A witness claimed the attacker was known to his two victims (
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Nicholas Razzell)
The suspect is being interrogated by police (
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Nicholas Razzell)

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

Shocking photos from the scene show the ground and a table smeared with blood.

A sickle and a pair of slippers believed to belong to the attacker were also found.

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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