Monday, July 25, 2016

Monday, July 25, 2016
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ABUSE A CHILD? MURDER A PROSTITUTE - NO PROBLEM JUST PAY HERE!

The continuing scandals of the Thai police and courts – the Thai Justice system – and the unwritten policy of 'cash for justice'  – have this week been hitting the press in Ireland – where a psychotic killer, who was released for cash in Pattaya, has been jailed for a copy-cat frenzied knife attack back home.


Denis Leahy, a former soldier and taxi driver in Dublin was released after paying out the equivalent of some €30,000 in bail after being charged with stabbing to death 24-year old Pattaya bar worker Bupha Tanchiangpin. 

He had publicly admitted his crime in interviews in 2006 but told the Irish Independent he was raising cash to get out. Leahy was accused of stabbing Bupha 22 times.

Coincidentally having arrived back in Dublin, via Cambodia, Leahy then viciously attacked his girlfriend Rose Kenny, with whom he had renewed his relationship, stabbing her 22 times as well, according to the Irish media.


Rose Kenny
Leahy, 50, was jailed last Thursday for 14 years for attempted murder.  Fortunately Rose survived.

But she told the media:


“I feel justice was done for me but there are no winners in any of this. 
“That poor girl is still dead and if the Thai authorities weren’t so corrupt me and my family wouldn’t have gone through all this. I’m so glad it’s all over.”

COMMENT: Corrupt authorities indeed. The sickening part of all of this is where is the justice for Bupha and her family. There is none. She was a bar worker from a poor Isaan family. And this is how people in the Thai justice system make their money and treat Thailand's less fortunate.  Pattaya Criminal Court judges and police are among the worst offenders.

This week I have been looking at my files of covering crime in Thailand involving foreigners for over 20 years and thus they contain numerous cases not yet on the net. Nothing has changed. I was reporting on the release of foreign criminals from Thailand’s justice system – almost since the day I arrived in Thailand.

Below is a picture taken of Eric Hollett, former chauffeur to Lord Bernstein who was arrested in Pattaya in 1994 for child sexual abuse. He was not in prison long. He did not even get to trial. He raised cash for his release (then 400,000 Thai baht) and left to open a bar in New Zealand where he boasted how much he paid off and that that his victims were 'up for it'. 


Brian Wright
More recently we have the case of Briton Sean Tinsley who was given bail while accused of the attempted murder of school teacher Adam Pickles - and of course American Brian Wright who was released despite being sentenced to 23 years for child sexual abuse.

I cannot think of a foreigner with cash who is in jail in Thailand and would be interested to hear of some.




15 comments:

  1. I know of no Westerner with cash who has ever been to jail in Thailand except perhaps Jimmy H. I never figured out why he didn't buy his way out and do a runner. Perhaps he was too ill or his "lawyer" advised against it? I do know of some cases where someone was willing to pay more to stitch someone up (highest bidder and all) but in the end there was always another open hand somewhere down the line and they bought there way out.

    I am watching with interest the case in Patts where the cops were extorting the bar owner who is "familiar" with the head of the Thai Police. Unfortunately, the women seems to be a fabricator and a bit of a nutter, still if she is so connected the case ought to offer some unintentional comedy.

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    1. Oh... Do you know every westerner that has been charged, jailed in Thailand? Of course you don't, therefore your statement(s) are ludicrous.

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    2. If yoi are referring to me you'll probably need to read that again. What I am saying is all the foreigners that I have knowledge about are not in jails in Thailand to the best of my knowledge - and as I go through my files this situation becomes more and more alarming. As a thumb rule the foreigners still in jail are those on drugs charges who had no cash and wherewithal to do anything about in in the early stages.
      If you are referring to Statmonkey he also says he personally knows of no westerner with cash etc. I would be interested to find out who is. There are lots of foreigners in jail in Thailand of course.

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    3. Oh, I was replying only to statmonkey...

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    4. And if you are referring to me you will want to read my comment again or more likely for the first time. Perhaps I was not clear when I said I (me, personally) do not know of any Westerner etc. I did not state unequivocally that there are no Westerners. One is a statement of fact and the other a conclusion drawn on limited data. In fact it would surprise me if there are some who have been put in prison despite offering bribes and an ability to pay. If you know of any, please post them here as I think we would all be interested.

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  2. The Dutch man Johan Van Laarhoven.
    Very rich and jailed for 103 years, now already 2 year in jail, all posessions seized and waiting for Appeal...
    Completely innocent and framed by the Dutch Gouvernment.

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  3. Jim Muller whose ex-business partner was shot in Soi 12 was jailed for a number of years and is still incarcerated isn't he? He's not short of funds, allegedly.

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    1. Well he's not in for the murder, I understand he got a three year sentence for fraud (presumably on a Thai) but thought he was out now. He was extradited from the US on murder and walked it. Opening a martial arts business in Sukhumvit 31. If he's in jail - this guy is well worth a talk

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    2. I didn't say he was in for murder and your comment that started this didn't specify those in for murder. Even if he is out now that doesn't alter the fact that he was imprisoned and had to serve a number of years in Bangkok Remand Prison regardless off his access to (boiler room) money.

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    3. Your are off beam here totally. If anything Muller should be held up as an example of how to get away with murder in Thailand. He was successfully extradited from the US. For that to happen the US authorities almost certainly must have offered and given assistance to the Foreign Affairs office of the Department of the Attorney General.

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  4. I was in the Pattaya cells for a few weeks and saw plenty of farang buy their way out, they were always told they would be released in the morning but instead the next morning they were handcuffed with the rest and taken to court so I dont know what became of them

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  5. Marcus James, English drug dealer. Infamous - " Big trouble in little Thailand". Wasn't murder but obviously wealthy, and was in an industry ripe for paying off. Unless they took enough ready cash before he could offer it.

    NOT me, just stuck in my mind as I was living in Pattaya at the time of his arrest and with sharing the same name got all the wind ups.

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  6. Bob Kneale true to form as always here, AD.

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  7. What about multi-millionaire Dutchman Johan van Laarhoven, serving 103 years.

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    1. Johan van Laarhoven is also a victim of the Thai justice system and his own country's law enforcement officials

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