Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

From Andrew Drummond, Bangkok


Link The SUN




A Scottish financial consultant was today keeping a bedside vigil beside his wife in Bangkok after she was violently attacked in the street last Saturday night.


 Douglas 'Dougie' Riach, 57, said he hoped his wife Lydia, 52, could hold on until their two sons arrived from Scotland later this week but he was not optimistic.


 Lydia, 58, was mugged in Bangkok's Sukhumvit Soi 22 on Saturday on the way to meeting friends at the Scottish owned '22' bar and restaurant.


Mr. Riach said earlier: ''They don't think Lydia will last the week. Her skull was fractured externally in two places as well as internally.


'She was bleeding from the ears and there were fragments of bone coming out of her ears as well.


'She is in a coma and we have been trying to talk to her but now she only has one eye open and is not responding to light.'



She is in the ICU of the Bangkok Police hospital.


Mrs Riach, who works for a charity for underprivileged children in Bangkok, was mugged by two men on a motorcycle. Her handbag was around her head and shoulder and she was dragged along the road.


Mr. Riach from Inverness, is a sales consultant for Infinity, a financial consultancy. He is also a past Scottish Rally Champion, Honorary Life president of the Highland Car Club, and was the founder director of Caledonian Thistle Football Club.

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