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A gang of Thai thugs who carried out a brutal attack on a family of British tourists have each been jailed for two years.
Footage of the incident showed elderly British couple Rosemary Owen, 65, her husband Lewis, 68, and their son also called Lewis,43, being beaten unconscious after becoming involved in an argument with the group of men while out celebrating Thai new year.
The family were beaten to the ground and repeatedly kicked and stamped on before a defenceless Mrs Owen was kicked straight in the jaw as she tried to get up off the floor.
All the victims required hospital treatment, with Mrs Owen the most seriously injured requiring several operations to deal with swelling on her brain.
In the days after the attack, Hua Hin police quickly identified and arrested two of the attackers, with the two remaining suspects arrested after footage of the incident appeared online after it was allegedly leaked to a local Hua Hin based Thai news outlet.
Kulsawek Sawekwannakorn, a Hua Hin based journalist for Daily News, today wrote on his Facebook page that the four men who admitted carrying out the attack, Siwa (Neng) Noksri, Chaya (Boy) Jaibun, Supatta (Mong) Baithong and Yingyai (M) Saengkhamin, have been sentenced to 2 years in jail, without the possibility of parole.
Following the attack, a spokesperson for TAT was reported as saying: “The Tourism Authority of Thailand would like to express our deepest sorrow to the family who were subjected to the assault in Hua Hin during the Songkran celebrations. We hope that you recover from your injuries and make a swift and full recovery.