Knife Terror on Thailand Death Isle

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Victim ... Nathan Sharpe
Victim … Nathan Sharpe

PHUKET – Nathan Sharpe has told how he almost died in a stabbing at the same spot where Thai tripper Stephen Ashton was shot dead.

Backpacker Nathan Sharpe, 23, was speared by a six-inch blade which tore through his stomach, liver, pancreas and kidneys before grazing his spine.

The unprovoked attack took place yards from the bar on Koh Phangan where broker Stephen, 22, was gunned down on New Year’s Day.

Council worker Nathan of Leeds, West Yorks, said: “My advice to anyone planning a trip to Koh Phangan is simple — don’t go if you value your life. Poor Stephen wasn’t as lucky as me.”

Surgeons told Nathan it was a miracle he survived last May’s knifing.

But he said: “The police seemed more interested in making sure I paid my hospital bill than catching the man who almost killed me. They never told me anything else about the case.

“It wouldn’t surprise me if he’s still at large.”

Ekkapan Kaewkla, 26, has been charged with killing Stephen, of Purley, Surrey.

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