Battered British couple recount assault in Hua Hin court

Battered British couple recount assault in Hua Hin court

Lewis Owen and his wife Rosemary arrive at the Hua Hin Provincial Court on Monday to testify to judges the brutal assault by four men. (Photo by Chanat Katanyu)
Lewis Owen and his wife Rosemary arrive at the Hua Hin Provincial Court on Monday to testify to judges the brutal assault by four men. (Photo by Chanat Katanyu)

A British couple brutally assaulted in Hua Hin testified in the provincial court on Monday, giving their account of the sensational Songkran festival crime which four men are accused of committing.

Lewis and Rosemary Owen appeared hours after PM's Office Minister Panadda Diskul met the pair at Bangkok Hospital in Hua Hin and apologised for what happened to them April 13.

No details on the court session were released.

The family, including their son Lewis Owen Jr, was on vacation in the resort town and were seen on security-camera video being brutally punched, kicked and stomped on by four young Thai men.

Rosemary Owen suffered a serious head injury while her husband and son, Lewis Jr, needed multiple stitches. The son has since left Thailand for Singapore, where he works.

Orasa Awutkhom, chief of the Prachuap Khiri Khan tourism office, said the pair stressed to her that those who attacked them must be punished and hoped that what happened to them was the last incident of its kind for foreigners visiting Thailand, according to the Prachachat Thurakij website.

Thailand has seen a number of violent crimes against foreign tourists, including the murder of two British backpackers on Koh Tao in September 2014 and the rape of two French women at knifepoint on Koh Kut in February. Assaults on tourists in Pattaya, by individual or groups of Thais, seem to occur at least monthly.

Suspects Suphattha Baithong, Chaiya Jaiboon, Siva Noksri and Yingyai Saengkhamin were arrested in the days after the assault, with the last suspect taken into custody after the video went viral.

They are charged with physical assault causing severe injuries, which carries a jail term of six months to 10 years.

Pol Maj Gen Kasana Chamsawang told Spring News that the case will be forwarded to court this week. The couple's testimony was taken early as they were scheduled to leave Thailand on Tuesday.


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