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Elderly Britons appreciate Thais’ kindness, won’t forget the nightmare

May 03. 2016
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By Wimon Tabkong,
Apichart Hongs

DESPITE SUFFERING a brutal attack during their holiday in Hua Hin, the elderly British couple said they were very grateful to the many Thais, including young garland vendors, who tried to raise funds to cover their treatment.
“These kids have a beautiful heart. We hope Thai authorities will help locate them,” Rosemary Owen said yesterday just before boarding a flight back home. 
The 65-year-old and her husband, 68, along with their son, were battered brutally by four drunk Thais during the Songkran holidays in Hua Hin. 
“It’s a nightmare. I don’t think I can forget it,” Owen said, adding that she could not sleep on Monday night because she had to see the attackers at the Hua Hin Provincial Court earlier in the day.
“That encounter significantly increased my stress,” she said. 
Following the attack, many other Thais rushed to their help and she was full of thanks. 
Owen warmly hugged Orasa Arwutkom, who heads Tourism Authority of Thailand’s Prachuap Khiri Khan branch, and Lisa Onghang, the Hua Hin/Cha-am Tourism Association president, as well as many others who showed up at Suvarnabhumi Airport yesterday to see her and her husband off. 
“I would like to thank all of you for taking care of us so well during the past half month,” she said. 
One of her Thai friends said Owen was also thankful to the garland vendors who often met the couple on Soi Bintabat in Hua Hin. 
The Owens have been coming to Thailand almost every year. 
Commenting on the attack footage going online, Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha yesterday said: “It gave us a bad reputation across the globe.” 
“The law says it is prohibited, it cannot be done [without punishment]. I’m not mad that people want to broadcast it, but if it is against the law, the person broadcasting it would be punished too,” he said.

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