A monk has only been transferred from one temple to another after he violently attacked a mentally ill man in Thailand.

Video of the attack posted on social media shocked netizens and led Daily News reporters to the temple of Wat Suansom in Phrapadaeng, Samut Prakarn.

Abbot’s helper Phra Adisak said that the man responsible for kicking “Bird” – a guy being treated for mental illness – was Sathit aged 38.

He was angered after Sathit’s 6-year-old son came to ordain at the temple and played a game with Bird before complaining he had been hurt.

Bird’s mother had filed a police complaint against Sathit who was in charge of development at the temple and had been there for two years.

It was agreed that charges would be dropped if Sathit left town and transferred to another province.

The attacker is no longer at the temple and is now a monk at Wat Nai in Chonburi.

Social Media users are asking why he was not ‘transferred straight to prison.