Liverpool man facing decade in Thai prison after spraypainting 'Scouse Lee' on 800-year-old gate
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Liverpool man facing decade in Thai prison after spraypainting 'Scouse Lee' on 800-year-old gate

A MAN from Liverpool is facing up to a decade in prison after spraypainting his nickname onto the wall of an 800-year-old Thai fortress.

Lee Furlong, 23, was backpacking in Thailand when he and a friend left graffiti on the wall of the historic 13th century Tha Phae Gate in Chiang Mai early on Thursday morning.

The graffiti, which was misspelled, read "Scousse Lee B".

A short manhunt led to the British tourist being arrested at a nearby hostel along with Brittney Schneider, also 23, from Canada.

It is alleged that Furlong sprayed the first two words before Schneider added the letter 'B'.

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The pair were marched back to the site of the vandalism where they confessed and have been told they face up to 10 years in prison for desecrating a historical site, according to Sun Online.

Mr Furlong told the website of his regret over the costly "prank".

He said: "I'd been drinking all day. I'd had some bad news from my family and I went out drinking. I mean, I was really, really drunk.

"I saw the spray can and just picked it up. Honestly, I didn't know what I was doing. When I woke up the police were here.

"They took me to the station and I was in shock. I'm terrified of what will happen now."

Chiang Mai police lieutenant Colonel Teerasak Sriprasert said: "The graffiti says 'Scousse Lee'. This means 'Scouser Lee from Liverpool'. The girl is called Brittney and she wrote a letter 'B' on the wall.

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"Officers investigated the vandalism after it was seen on CCTV cameras. The offenders were tracked to a guest house near the same road as the wall.

"The accused will be investigated and prosecuted according to the law."

What a pair of geniuses!