'MAFIA MAN’S' LIBEL CASE –DISMISSED!
'NAE KNICKERS' CASE TO BEGIN TOMORROW.
David Hanks, 65, from Girvan and Brian Goudie, 46, from Falkirk, who arrived without a Thai lawyer, hastily left after spotting the legal team representing Bangkok based British journalist Andrew Drummond.
Later a lawyer called the court on their behalf asking for a postponement of proceedings. The request was denied. The case was dismissed.
|David 'Babyface' Hanks|
Andrew Drummond, from Edinburgh, who has been a journalist in Thailand for over 20 years, and specializes in foreign and transnational crime, was not required to attend the court.
He said today: “Had the case been accepted and I had to give testimony, I would have merely replied that I was reporting court proceedings.”
|Brian Goudie - jailed in Australia under the name Goldie|
Earlier this year Canadian Dr. Michel Goulet told Pattaya Provincial Court that David Hanks had checked into his Thonglor Clinic in March 2012 for facial treatment.
While at the clinic Hanks had approached him and told him he ran a sex business in Melbourne and knew the Chinese mafia and that Goulet ought to see his boss in Pattaya, an American called Drew Walter Noyes, 58.
|Michel Goulet identifies Drew Noyes and Wanrapa Boonsu on their arrest for extortion|
At a meeting Noyes told Goulet that he needed to pay 7 million Thai baht (£135,527) to stop a police raid on his premises, where illegal substances would be found and he could be subsequent to bad publicity. Noyes then owned ‘The Pattaya Times’ – which has since crashed. Goulet described both Hanks and Noyes as 'mafia' figures and he said Hanks made him scared for his own safety.
Goudie, from Falkirk, who was jailed in Australia for six years for the theft from a West Australian Mining Company – under his former name Brian Goldie – has also brought three cases against Andrew Drummond for libel. One has already been dismissed.
He did not turn up for the second case, instead choosing David Hanks to represent him. This related to an exposé of Goudie's activities as a fake barrister in an article in the Scottish ‘Sunday Mail’.
|Andrew Drummond in the garden|
of his 2000 baht pcm room in Bangkok
Goudie alleges that Andrew Drummond caused him to be the subject of ridicule after publishing a photo-shopped picture of him in a gay parade wearing bottmmless or backless shorts.
Drummond is contesting the case. "The photoshopped picture was not mine and I was merely reporting a dispute about the picture. I did not get the impression that Goudie was gay by this picture. I know he is not. My interpretation was that the picture showed a person of no substance. Mr. Goudie must be fully aware of the Scottish expression 'all fur coat and nae knickers'.
Yesterday (Monday) American Drew Noyes failed to turn up at Koh Samui court to press libel charges against a British electrical engineer. However Goudie, who was allowed to represented Noyes admitted that he did not know who the man was or where he lived. A judge ordered him to find an address and identify the defendant or that case would also be dismissed.
Phony Royal Marine
Brian Goudie has been ordered to answer bail in Pattaya Provincial Court on a charge of cheating a 75-year-old woman out of US$300,000. It’s alleged he had promised her that as a barrister and an officer and a gentleman (He claimed he had been a Captain in the Royal Marines) he could get her son out of jail where he was awaiting trial on child sex abuse charges.
Added Drummond: “Actually what these people are doing is trying to break me financially but thanks to tremendous public support I have managed to keep my head above the parapet and defend myself.
“So far eight cases against me have been dismissed and I expect six further cases to go the same way. They are trying to turn the Thai courts into a three ringed circus.”
|Photoshopped Brian Goudie - centre with sideburns - to his right Drew Noyes with sunglasses on a string|
STOP THE PRESS Update 27-11-13
On his website www.case-watch-thailand.blogspot.com Goudie claims today he did not flee the court. He could not find the court room. He claims to have made a petition to have the case re-opened. And that I am facing back to back cases today. Not possible I am afraid say mys my legal team. He can indeed appeal, but he has to go through the normal process - and use a lawyer. He claims: 'The court accepted the case was far too serious to be disposed of in the circumstances' is pure Goudie pap. The court has not even looked at the case.Of course his only readers are the ones we refer from here and he has closed comments.
|The dream team - Hanks - a canny lawyer - and Goudie. If they did not go to the court how could|
they flee it?