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Australian man sentenced over jet-ski death

Emily Jayne Collie died after her jet ski collided with one being ridden by her boyfriend Thomas Keating.

Emily Jayne Collie died after her jet ski collided with one being ridden by her boyfriend Thomas Keating. Photo: Facebook

An Australian man has been given a suspended one-year prison sentence over his girlfriend’s death in a jet-ski accident on Thai resort island of Phuket.

Thomas Keating, 22, pleaded guilty at Phuket Provincial Court and on Thursday was handed a one-year sentence – suspended for two years – for criminal negligence that led to the death last month of Emily Jayne Collie, 20. He was fined 5000 baht ($A189) and was allowed to leave Thailand.

Renting a personal watercraft is popular at many Thai beach resorts.

Keating has said he was blinded by the sun when his jet-ski crashed into hers.

Keating was accompanied by family members, his lawyer and Craig Ferguson, the Australian Consul-General for Phuket in court on Thursday.

He declined to comment to reporters after leaving the court.

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