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British Tourist Beaten Unconscious By Thai Hoodlums in Northern Thailand

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CHIANG MAI – A 37 year-old Briton has been hospitalized in northern Thailand after trying to intervene and break up a fight between Thai men in Pai, Mae Hong Son.

Luke Benjamin Thornton, 37, tried to stop a fight between several local Thai men and some tourists and was beaten unconscious with a wooden club by a pack of Thai men.

The men who have now since been caught, told authorities that Thornton shouldn’t have intervened in a fight between grown men – so he needed to be taught a lesson.

Daily News reported that a group of tourists were in the road when some drunk Thai men arrived on motorcycles and an argument developed outside Pai Withayakhan School. The Thai men had been trying to get by and there had been a collision.

The argument turned into a fist fight. Mr Thornton went to help the western tourists and was attacked himself.

His wife Saifon Petchkrajang, who went to the media for justice after the attack, told reporters that he had raised his hands in a wai to appeal for his life.

But he had been kicked and beaten unconscious and left for dead as the gang fled the scene.

He was taken to Chiang Mai Ram Hospital with a fractured skull and eye socket and other facial injuries. He was still in hospital and suffering from double vision when he was visited by Pol Col Suwan Tenphitak of the Mae Hong Son provincial police and a Pai police officer.

Miss Saifon claimed that relatives of the attackers had been in touch to threaten the victim not to prosecute – or their lives would be in danger.

Daily News later reported that Pai police had arrested three men who matched the CCTV video.

The perpetrators were identifed by police as: Anuphon Kongpithee, 35, from Lampang, Saenpetch Robert Porter, 29, from Chiang Rai and Kantapong Kongphaka, 23 from Trang. A weapon was taken into evidence.

The three assailants have admitted their involvement and will face charges of assault causing grievous bodily harm.

By Geoff Thomas

Source: Daily News, Thai Visa

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