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Whatever the rights and wrongs of the dispute with the Dane, firing a weapon down a street crowded with tourists is fucking stupid. Must have been a very expensive court case for them.




Two Australian men who faced attempted murder charges in a shooting incident on the Thai resort island of Phuket have received suspended jail sentences.

John Edward Cohen, 33, from NSW, and Adam Lewis Shea, 26, from Tasmania, were detained in January after the shooting incident in which two German tourists were wounded.

A Thai court, in a recent judgment, sentenced the Australian men to six months and 15 days in prison, but with the term suspended on condition of good behaviour for two years.

Legal sources said the men had also paid fines.

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Senior Thai police had initially called for "the highest penalties under the law" after the incident which was sparked when the men pursued a Danish man they were in conflict with over an outstanding $A10,000 debt.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/national/aussies-in-phuket-shooting-avoid-jail-20130625-2ovdr.html#ixzz2XEehethv

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I thought they got out a couple weeks ago. 

I actually have a couple of mates here in Australia and they are good friends with one of these guys. 

They always drink in his bar and was their tour guide when they went for their first trip there. 

My Youtube Channel about everything Thailand - TravInThailand

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From when they were arrested:




“The suspects opened fire in the middle of a dense tourism area and injured two innocent people. They have seriously tarnished Thailand’s reputation and must face the highest penalties under the law,” Col Chiraphat said.


I guess we know now what "the highest penalties under [Thai] law" are.

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They shoot two people and face no penalty. And that doesn't 'tarnish Thailand's reputation'?

I did not know her name, I did not know her name but I sure did love the way she laughed and called me honey.

I did not know her name, I did not know her name but I sure did love the way she laughed and took my money.

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