Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Five years jail for stealing a bar mat.. Is it too harsh?

An Australian mother Annice Smoel, 36 was arrested for allegedly stealing a bar mat at a Phuket bar.

"She has received legal advice that suggests that if she is found guilty of night-time theft in Thailand, she faces two to five years' imprisonment," lawyer Brendan Murphy said.

Smoel maintained that she is innocent. "I explained to them that I am innocent but they said that the Thai Government hasn't decided that yet. Until I've been to court I haven't been proven innocent,'' Smoel said.

This is such a petty crime that I cannot believe that she could face up to five years in jail if convicted. I hope that the Thai judge will have good senses and consider that fact that no one is hurt in this incident and acquit her.

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