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Aussie man jailed in Thailand over tourist's murder  Aug 18, 2008

A 60-year-old Australian man has been sentenced to jail in Thailand for the murder of an American tourist earlier this year.

William Thomas Douglas will serve two years and nine months for killing Gary Poretsky of Hawaii in March.

The pair had been drinking at a restaurant in the northern city of Chiang Mai and in the early hours of the morning, got into an argument.

Douglas took out a gun and shot Poretsky dead.

He was initially sentenced to five and a half years in prison, but the court reduced his term because he confessed.

It also determined that the murder was not premeditated.

Douglas was originally from Perth, but had been a long time resident of Thailand.

He will serve out his sentence in Chiang Mai.

Aussie man jailed in Thailand over tourist's murder
William Thomas Douglas in Chiang Mai Jail /

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