PHUKET: The illegal Phuket taxi driver who abducted and sexually assaulted a teenage Chinese tourist while under the influence of drugs and alcohol walked out of Phuket Provincial Court a free man today after being handed down a suspended sentence.

Paitoon Kruain, 32, was handed a sentence of 13 months suspended jail time and a fine of 10,500 baht after pleading guilty to all charges against him.

The court initially sentenced him to 26 months in prison and ordered him to pay a fine of 21,000 baht, a court clerk told the Phuket Gazette this morning.