Bashed family never to return to Thailand

A British family beaten unconscious while on holiday in Thailand have vowed they will never go back there again.


Lewis and Rosemary Owen and their son were knocked out cold in Hua Hin during the Thai New Year celebrations – with the vicious attack captured on CCTV.

Four local men have since been arrested and charged.

As Mrs Owen, 65, recovered from serious head and eye injuries, the couple’s son – who is also called Lewis – said his parents would never visit Thailand again.

Lewis, a graphic designer who lives in Singapore, told the Western Mail newspaper: “I’m not going back to Thailand again.

“Mum and dad won’t be either.

“We were all unconscious. My mum did not even realise she had been kicked in the face. I did not know my head had been stamped on.”

Mr and Mrs Owen, who live in Wenvoe in South Wales, have been regular visitors to Thailand since the 1980s.

Neighbours said they had friends out there and would often take presents over from the UK.

But on April 13, they were savagely attacked as they made their way back to the apartment they were staying in.

Thai police later released video footage of the assault in a bid to trace the suspects – however officers refused to show the Owens the clip because it was “too violent”.

The video shows the mother, father and son being punched to the ground before being repeatedly kicked and stamped on as they lie helpless.

Mrs Owen needed an operation to ease swelling on her brain while her 68-year-old husband sustained heavy bruising, two black eyes and needed six stitches in his forehead.

Lewis, who also had 16 stitches to his head, said the family are now “doing okay” – but he still remains shocked by the attack.

“We had never seen the guys before we left the bar we were in,” he said.

“It was just out of the blue.”

Officials in Thailand said Suphatra Baithong and Yingyai Saengkham-in, both aged 32, and Siwa Noksri, 20, were captured within days of the assault.

A fourth man, 20-year-old Chaiya Jaiboon, was apprehended on Thursday.