The boyfriend of a Victorian woman who died following a devastating high-speed jet-ski collision in Phuket in February has been given a one-year suspended prison sentence in a Thailand court on Thursday.
Twenty-year-old Emily Jane Collie was killed after her jet-ski allegedly collided with the one her partner, 22-year-old Thomas Keating, was riding in the ocean off Kata Beach while holidaying on a resort island in Thailand.
Keating told Thai officials that the strong sunlight from the sea made it impossible for him and Collie to see each other, leading to the crash, according to the Bangkok Post.
He was fined 5000 baht in court on Thursday and handed the one-year-sentence for criminal negligence, which was suspended for two years, before being allowed to leave Thailand the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
At the time of the incident, Lieutenant Patiwat Yodkhwan of the Karon Police said: "Ms Collies boyfriend, Mr Keating, who was driving the other jet-ski when they collided will faces charges of reckless driving causing death.
"Ms Collie was pronounced dead at the scene her body was taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital."
Thomas Keating free to fly home to Australia following a jetski collision that killed his girlfriend. Fined $142. Given a suspended sentence pic.twitter.com/uog6HQGVSS— 7 News Sydney (@7NewsSydney) March 23, 2017
Thai police also added that the insurance coverage on the jet-skis entitles Collie's parents to a pay-out worth 50,000THB -- the equivalent of just under $A1900.
Initially following the incident, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT) said that they couldn't provide further information for privacy reasons.
"The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is providing consular assistance to the family of an Australian woman who died in Phuket," the Department said in a statement.
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