Brit, Canadian face 10 years in jail for spraying wall

Tourists are seen spray painting graffiti on a wall near Tha Phae Gate in Chiang Rai Thailand. Pic Thanakharn Kotkhumlue

Image The two tourists could face 10 years in jail. Pic Thanakharn Kotkhumlue

A Briton and Canadian face up to 10 years in prison on charges of spraying paint on an ancient wall in northern Thailand, police said Friday.

They have been charged with vandalising ancient artefacts. Schneider, 23, faces up to 10 years in prison for vandalism. "This is out of character for her". "She's never been in trouble in her life".

Tara Schneider, who lives in Grande Prairie, Alta., said she received a phone call from her daughter, Brittney, around 3:30 a.m. Thursday.

However, WestJet would not confirm that Schneider is in fact an employee.

Reuters was unable to reach Ms Schneider or Mr Lee for comment.

Canadian consular officials have arrived in the city and are speaking with the suspects, according to Global Affairs Canada.

They declined to release further details for privacy reasons.

"She did the same thing because she thought it was cool". "I said, 'What's wrong?"

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Colonel Teerasak Sriprasert, the province's police chief, said the 23-year-olds were drunk and are now in police custody.

The pair was captured on a CCTV footage from a nearby cafe picking up a spray can on the ground and defacing the wall near the Tha Phae Gate in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Municipal cleaners have since attempted to scrub off the graffiti. The pair spray-painting graffiti on an ancient city brick wall in Chiang Mai.

The pair allegedly admitted to police that they had sprayed the message out of drunken revelry.

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.

The CBC reports bail money has been sent to Thailand by Schneider's mother but she will have to stay in Thailand until she goes to trial.

Schneider said she asked her daughter why she did what she did.

"After she wrote the letter B, she knew it was wrong right away", said her mom.

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