HUA HINÂ – Three men have been arrested for a brutal attack on an elderly British family holidaying in Thailand over the Songkran holiday after a video of the incident went viral on the internet.
The video, captured by overhead security cameras and posted this week on social media, sparked shock and outrage over its brutality and the ages of the victims: a 65-year-old woman and a 68-year-old man from Scotland.
Two of the assailants were captured within days of the assault while another were apprehended earlier today.
Pol Col Chaiyakorn Sriladecho, chief of Hua Hin police, said all four suspects have now been arrested and that the men say they are sorry and that they wouldn’t have done this if they weren’t drunk.
Pol Col Chaiyakorn said the attack started after “the son accidentally bumped into one of the Thai men”.
Lewis Owen, 68, and his son John, 43, suffered head injuries requiring stitches, he said. Rosemary Owen, 65, was more severely injured, suffering a build-up of fluid in the brain that was removed, he said.
“The hospital is still holding her for observation for serious head and eye injuries,” said Pol Col Chaiyakorn.
The incident just made the headlines in Thailand after the British media, namely The Telegraph, Daily Mail and Mirror, reported it on Wednesday.