Brit, Canadian face 10 years in jail for spraying Thai wall

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

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.

A Canadian woman, Brittney Schneider, has also been arrested and charged with vandalism for allegedly adding her first initial to graffiti on the gate.

"They admitted to the crime", Pol Maj Anon Cherdchutrakulthong told Reuters.

The 13th century Tha Pae Gate is part of a wall that forms a square around Chiang Mai's inner city. "She will face the consequences of her actions... this is so out of character for her".

Bail money has been sent to Thailand so Brittney can be released on Monday, she said. "I literally wanna puke when I think about it", she wrote. She's sorry for what she done.


"You would have to know Britteny to know this is not her", said Schneider. "It was an act of being intoxicated".

"She said, 'Ya, I'm OK but I'm in prison.' I asked her what she did and she told me, and our phone call ended briefly after as they took her phone shortly after that".

She said she plans to fly to Thailand to support her daughter while she awaits trial.

It carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and £23,500 (one million baht) fine. Police did not confirm Mr Lee's hometown.

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