Friday 15 November 2019

British tourist faces 10-year jail term for ‘spray-painting’ ancient Thai wall

CCTV footage allegedly shows Lee Furlong and Canadian Brittney Schneider vandalising the Tha Pae Gate.

Canadian Brittney Schneider, left, and British Lee Furlong, second left, stand in front of Tha Pae Gate in Chiang Mai province, northern Bangkok (AP)
Canadian Brittney Schneider, left, and British Lee Furlong, second left, stand in front of Tha Pae Gate in Chiang Mai province, northern Bangkok (AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

A British tourist could be jailed for up to 10 years after allegedly spraying paint on an ancient wall in northern Thailand.

CCTV footage is said to show Lee Furlong and Canadian Brittney Schneider, both 23, spraying a message on the walls of the Tha Pae Gate in Chiang Mai province at around 4am on Thursday.

Teerasak Sriprasert, chief of the Chiang Mai police, said the pair were drunk and have been charged with vandalising ancient artefacts.

It carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a million baht (£23,500) fine.

The 13th century Tha Pae Gate is part of a wall that forms a square around Chiang Mai’s inner city.

The police chief said Mr Furlong, who is from Liverpool, admitted he wrote Scouser Lee on the wall while Ms Schneider allegedly said she wrote the letter B underneath it.

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