PHUKET: The Russian tourist who damaged a statue of a revered Phuket abbot during a drunken spree last month has had relatives wire in 310,000 baht to pay for a new statue to be built.

Oleg Fomenko, 31, remains incarcerated at Phuket Prison following his arrest on October 24.

He faces charges for damaging a statue of revered historical abbot Luang Por Kongdet, who founded Wat Karon, and attempting to steal a lorry parked nearby.

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