Two tourists arrested, charged for spray painting wall in Thailand

British backpacker who drunkenly graffitied 'Scousse Lee' on 13th century Thai fortress faces 10 years in jail

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

Tara said Canadian officials told her there is nothing they can do to change local laws in Thailand.

The 23-year-old holidaymaker, named Lee Furlong, was travelling in Chiang Mai and mis-spelt "Scouse" on the Thai "Tha Phae" red-bricked gate.

Police say the pair, who are charged with public mischief and damaging city property, were drunk and admitted to the crime.

Teerasak said the pair admitted sprayed the message out of drunken revelry.

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Mr Furlong reportedly told police that the word "Scouser" referred to his home town of Liverpool and Ms Schneider was said to have told officers that she spray-painted the letter "B" as a reference to her first initial.

Tha Pae Gate, which dates back to the 13th century, is part of an historic wall that forms a square around Chiang Mai's inner city.

"I would like to be there for her during the time she waits for trial so she's not alone".

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".

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

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