Friday, May 9, 2014

Thailand: British Tourist, 46, Beaten to Death in Prison, Thai Gov't Took 8 Months to Investigate Briton's Death

According to The Daily Mail,  British tourist Sean Flanagan, 46, accused of stealing a moped in Thailand was beaten to death by a fellow inmate while in prison, an inquest revealed.

Typical of Thailand, police took eight months to even investigate how Flanigan died. 

Initially, the authorities had claimed that Flanagan had fallen off a wall, but another prisoner at Pattaya Remand Prison has now been charged in his death.

Sean Flanagan was arrested after he went into a pawn shop and took a moped, according to a report in The Pattaya Daily News at the time. 

COMMENT: Flanagan was arrested last March and accused of stealing the moped and taken to Pattaya Remand Prison two days later where he was said to have been behaving in a bizarre fashion.

Tragically, there are many foreign travelers who simply should not be devoid of adult leadership, either because they are prone to making nothing but very bad choices, are impaired because of unchecked intoxication and/or illegal drug abuse or because they're inclined to be characterized as a one-person wrecking crew.

Those foreign travelers who seemingly cannot drink in moderation and/or obey international laws without getting busted and incarcerated should hardly be cared for by British diplomats as if they were youngsters.

As I know all too well, the majority of diplomats have day jobs and perform double-duty when citizens get cross-ways with the law.

Ian Smith, the coroner for South and East Cumbria, concluded that Flanagan’s death on April 24 was a direct result of blunt-force trauma sustained in a beating by another prisoner after the Briton's body was repatriated to the UK. 

On March 29, he was visited by British Embassy staff who discovered that he was in a wheelchair, severely bruised and speaking incoherently.

Flanigan first of all should have been hospitalized in the prison; once his injuries were healed any correctional officer over the age of seven should have had enough sense to place Mr. Flanigan in protective custody where he could not be harmed.

It was later revealed that he had been attacked a second time, which proved to be fatal. The second injury occurred after the British Embassy's first visit and proved to be fatal.

The inmate who killed Flanigan has since been charged with manslaughter.

Flanigan was charged after driving the moped to a nearby hotel, but denied the theft, the PATTAYA DAILY NEWS reported.