HUA HIN – The Provincial Court on Sunday has sentenced four Thai men who savagely assaulted three British tourists in Hua Hin during Songkran to four years in prison. However, the court reduced the term by half after the defendants confessed to the assault.
The four men pleaded guilty to physical assault causing severe injury to Lewis Owen, 68, Â his wife Rosemary, 65, and their 43-year-old son, Lewis John Owen.
The Thai men apologized and admitted they were drunk after drinking beer before the attack. Chaiya Jailboon claimed he thought one of the tourists had hit one of his friends first.
Suphattha Baithong and Yingyai Saengkhamin, both aged 32, and Siva Noksri and Chaiya Jaiboon, both 20 were taken to Prachuap Khiri Khan Provincial Prison.
Orasa Awutkhom, director of the Prachuap Khiri Khan tourism office, said officials of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) in England would inform the family of the courtâ€™s decision.
The assailants were detained in Hua Hin on April 16 after Hua Hin police found CCTV footage a day after the assault that showed three people lying unconscious after being beaten during Songkran festivities on Soi Bintabaht. The video of the savage attack, which went viral online and made headlines overseas, sparked public anger and calls for maximum punishment against the four thugs.
Rosemary Owen suffered a serious head injury while her husband and son needed multiple stitches. A local family friend said the Owens had visited Hua Hin for 20 years because they love the place and its people.
But they have insisted that they will never return to Thailand again.
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