HUA HIN — Police said they have laid the “most severe” charges possible against those accused of battering three British tourists and leaving them unconscious in a road after arresting the fourth suspect in Hua Hin last night.
Chaiya Jaiboon, 20, was arrested Thursday evening, shortly after footage of the attack, which took place during the Songkran festival, was first reported and became an international news sensation. Chaiya’s three alleged accomplices were arrested April 16.
The four men are accused of beating British tourist Lewis Owen and his parents, Rosemary Owen and Lewis Owen, on Soi Bintabaht until they were left unconscious on the street.
Apart from Chaiya, the other three men were identified as Yingyai Kwangkum-in, 32; Supatra Baithong, 32; and Siva Yoksri, 20. All have been charged with causing grievous bodily harm, said Chaiyakorn Sriladacho, head of Hua Hin police.
“This is the most severe charge we can possibly lay against them,” Col. Chaiyakorn said. “If there’s anything more severe than this, it’s if the victims die.”