Justice demanded for British man beaten by gang in Pai

The wife of a British man beaten by three Thai men in Pai, Mae Hong Son is demanding justice as her husband remains in hospital in Chiang Mai.

The incident occurred May 20 when Mr. Luke Benjamin Thornton, 37 was visiting Pai with his wife and friends when a group of three men riding by decided to target the visitors.

According to reports, the visitors were either on or near a road near the Pai Wittayakarn School when a motorcycle ridden by one of the attackers rode into one of the visiting group.

An argument then occurred with Thornton attempting to calm things down, instead finding himself being beaten with what appears to be metal poles.

After being initially treated in Pai, Thornton was transferred to Chiang Mai Ram Hospital where he remains today, May 31. Along with broken bones, Thornton suffered head and eye wounds and is facing up to six months of physiotherapy. The couple’s return to their home in the U.K. has also been delayed as Thornton is currently unable to travel.

His wife, Mrs. Saifon Phetkrachang, 33 from San Kamphaeng took to media to call for justice for her husband, claiming that police, while initially arresting the three men, had failed to follow through in prosecuting them.

She also raised the question of who should pay for hospital bills given her husband did nothing wrong.

Mae Hong Son Police confirmed that they had arrested the three men but are still in the process of completing their investigation, including the processing of fingerprints. They noted that they expected the investigation to be concluded no later than 30 days.

Notably, though, CCTV footage exists of the crime and the suspects all confessed when interviewed begging the question: why is there a delay?