Canuck Teacher jailed in Thai pedophile trial
Barry Artiste. Now Public Contributor
A Canadian schoolteacher Christopher Neil , whose pedophilia put a black mark on Canada has been tried and sentenced by a Thai court to three years in a Thai jail after pleading guilty to a host of sex charges against Thai children.
One can only hope Mr. Neil’s stay in a Thai jail will be met with much Fanfare by Thai Jailers and Thai prisoners alike who have children at home, I am sure will enjoy every minute of his three year stay by introducing Mr. Neil to Thai Justice in how they treat those who enjoy sex with children.
My bets are in addition to his 3 years in jail, Neil may not last until his next trial in September , as Thai jails can be quite brutal. I think I hear Amnesty International calling? Or perhaps not!
August 15, 2008
Canuck jailed in Thai pedophile trial
By Sutin Wannabovorn, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
(Photo Inset) Thai prison guards escort Christopher Neil, centre, at criminal court in Bangkok, Thailand. (AP photo)
BANGKOK, Thailand - A Canadian schoolteacher who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy was sentenced Friday to three years and three months in jail in Thailand.
Christopher Neil, who taught in several Asian countries, was arrested last year following an international manhunt after hundreds of photos of him allegedly engaging in sex acts with young boys were discovered on the Internet.
The Thai court also imposed a C$1,892 fine on the 32-year-old man who had pleaded guilty May 12. His initial sentence of 6.5 years was reduced by the court because Neil pleaded guilty.
Neil still faces similar charges, to which he has pleaded not guilty, involving the younger brother of the 13-year-old victim.
In that case, he faces up to 20 years in jail for charges that include sexually abusing a minor, videotaping the alleged abuse, taking a child without parental consent, and holding him against his will.
The child who was 9 years old at the time claims Neil paid him to perform oral sex in 2003. That trial resumes on Oct. 7.