American killed in Phuket by Briton

PHUKET - A British man allegedly stabbed an American to death after he was beaten in a fistfight in front of his friends at a Phuket beer bar, police said yesterday morning.

At 5.30am yesterday, police found American Dashawn Longfellow, 23, in a guestroom at the Yanui Paradise Resort after he was stabbed in the chest. They also collected two bloody knives 300 metres from the resort's entrance.

Witnesses identified the murderer as a British man aged 25-28 years old. A police investigation found the Briton boasted to his friends in the bar about his Muay Thai skills and picked a fight with Longfellow, a stranger.

Longfellow, who had also learnt Muay Thai in Phuket, punched back and knocked the British man to the ground. The men's friends separated and the American left the bar.

But the Briton reportedly followed Longfellow to avenge his embarrassment and fatally stabbed him with two knives that he took from a nearby con-venience store, before fleeing the scene on a motorbike.

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