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

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

Darren Sullivan
October 21, 2018

"She's never been in trouble in her life".

Schneider said her daughter told her she was drunk and she was following along.

Lee Furlong, from Liverpool, and Brittney Schneider, both 23, were arrested at the Mad Monkey Hostel in Chiang Mai and are being held at a provincial court.

A commenter on the online fundraiser page for Schneider urged people not to contribute, saying she deserves the criminal charge: "You don't go to another country and deface it".

Canadian consular officials have arrived in the city and are speaking with the suspects, according to Global Affairs Canada.

At the time of their arrests, the graffiti had already been scrubbed off by city workers.

The graffiti seen on the ancient wall near the Tha Phae Gate in Chiang Mai on Friday.

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"They admitted to the crime", Police Major Anon Cherdchutrakulthong told Reuters.

In a "typical Thai procedure", Lefevre added that police took the pair back to the previously defaced wall after they had admitted their actions to police.

"She said she's ashamed of herself", Schneider said.

Bail money has been sent to Thailand so Brittney can be released on Monday, she said.

"You would have to know Britteny to know this is not her", said Schneider.

"They will face no more than 10 years' jail [and/or] a fine of no more than a million baht (about £23,555)", Supt Sriprasert said.