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

Closed-circuit video showed the pair spray-painting the red brick wall near the Tha Phae Gate, the main entrance to the city's old town.

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

Security camera footage shows Furlong Lee, 23, and Schneider, 22, spraying a message on the walls of the Tha Pae Gate in the northern province of Chiang Mai at around 4 a.m. Thursday. "This is out of character for her".

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

Lieutenant Colonel Teerasak Sripraser told the Metro: "The graffiti says "Scousse Lee".

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Bail money has been sent to Thailand so Brittney can be released on Monday, she said.

"You would have to know Britteny to know this is not her", said Schneider.

The words "Scouser Lee" were painted on the wall, seemingly a reference to the city of Liverpool.

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

"They will face no more than 10 years' jail [and/or] a fine of no more than a million baht (about £23,555)", Supt Sriprasert said. Thai police did not confirm Lee's hometown.

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