Friday, August 19, 2016

Friday, August 19, 2016



While Thailand’s military government claims to be on a crusade against corruption, and a lot of Thai people have swallowed this hook line and sinker, Brits in Thailand continue to suffer thanks to the country’s ambivalent attitude to so called foreign criminals.
Hallet (right)

In June British police were delighted at the arrest of Mark Hallett, from Somerset, a Briton they wanted in connection with a £3.9 million Ponzi fraud.  Hallett’s arrest made the press back home.

The Avon and Somerset Constabulary were in dialogue with Thai Immigration Police and notified them of their interest and no doubt were probably hoping he would be put on the next plane home. 

Hallett, who was first exposed on this site in a story headed ‘The Sophisticated Berks of Bangkok’ had after all been arrested on visa irregularities – and Thai Immigration police normally deal with that by locking the offenders up in the rather foul IDC (Immigration Detention Centre) until they produce the cash for a one-way trip home.

The IDC experience is usually enough to convince westerners to find the cash and get home as soon as possible.

Alas Hallett, who in Thailand promoted an escort service and also sought investment in some new ‘sure fire’ projects upsetting a few investors, quickly disappeared.  

Avon and Somerset Constabulary duly contacted the Thai authorities only to be told, they admitted yesterday, that Hallett has been released on bail on immigration the charges.

This is invariably a sign that the villain of the peace has negotiated his way out of his problems.

Heaven forbid that the Thai Immigration Police should still be taking bribes. 

Their chief, Pol Lt-Gen Sakda Choenpakdee, was warned against this by the last Thai Police Chief -  Police General Somyot Poompanmuang - who claimed that Immigration officers were making at least 1.8 million baht a day at Bangkok’s airports.  Police General Somyot of course left office himself having become a very rich man with declared assets of US$11.5 million.

Somyot greeting tourists in Bangkok's Nana Plaza sex entertainment area (under British contol)

Some of the Poompanmoung family fortune

However, people who are allowed to fight immigration cases are either those of great influence or a lot of cash.

So those in Britian who have allegedly been swindled by Hallett will not be getting much satisfaction.

British Police of course famously came to the defence of their Thai police colleagues when they backed what we now know was a shambolic Thai police investigation into the murders of Britons Hannah Witheridge.  

Lawyers for the Metropolitan Police fought hard and won an action brought against them to release details of their report into the murders in the High Court in London.

The lawyers defending two young Burmese convicted on some very dodgy DNA evidence did not expect the report to be in favour of their client. On the contrary they expected it to be negative because Scotland Yard made no investigations and relied totally on what they were told, through an interpreter, by the Thai police. 

The value to the defence of the British police report was in the alleged ‘set up’ of their clients.

Scotland Yard raised the ‘chilling effects’ defence. To release the report could not only jeopardise ‘national security’ it would also betray British police relations with Thai police.

Justice Green allowed the chilling effects defence but he expressed concern stating. 
"I feel considerable unease. I sit a long way from the seat of the trial and do not have a true hands-on feeling for the way evidence has been tendered by the prosecution or the main lines of defence.”

That scenario of Thai police taking umbrage is of course unlikely. Police memory in Thailand tends to extent only as far as the next cheque.

And Scotland Yard's role could come under further questioning if the issue of DNA profiling is taken to the Bureau of Laboratory Quality Standards an almost inevitable action if the two Burmese Zaw Lin and Wai Phyo are not acquitted on appeal.

When the Economist ran a story in 2008 stating: "In Thailand's most sensational crimes, the prime suspects are often the police,” – it was by no means wide of the mark.

If the release of Mark Hallet was not enough, some Britons and other nationalities are worried about the activities on Thailand’s eastern seaboard of a father and son team from Essex, who have entered into the property and car rental business, apparently to the detriment of some of their clients.

They are John Leslie Milbourn, 58, and his son Alexander Milbourn who have been hawking property on Pattaya’s ‘dark side’ – the area west of the Sukhumvit Road, who have been accused on ‘consumer complaint’ websites of dodgy dealing. 

Billy and Eddie Blundell

The father John Leslie Milbourn is reportedly connected to British gangster ‘Eddie Blundell’. Blundell has a biography out called ‘Top Drawer Villain’ though if by that the author means that Eddie was in any way ‘upper crust’ - rest assured he was not.   

Eddie, also known as ‘King Cone’ was the head of ‘Piccadilly Whip’ in London which entered into an ice cream war with all comers. Rivals took a beating if they did not clear out of the west end.

Here’s a video of one of his alleged henchmen taken from ‘The London Programme’.

But enough. I do not wish to be accused of pinning guilt by association on the Milbourns.  It’s not a crime to have known Eddie Blundell. 

But take a look at this.


Alexander Milbourn was the subject of a high profile arrest in 2012 when he and Shaun Edward Tracy, 34, were caught on video attempting to drive away with a number of ATM bank machines in the Chonburi area. 

They had used a heavy commercial nylon sling and Milbourn senior’s truck to dry and drag the ATMs from their mountings.  Not surprisingly the actions were caught on CCTV.

This story of British crooks was widely covered in Thailand, after the Thai police gave a press conference.  So it is of concern to many that Alexander is out on bail now to create more problems.
John Lesley Milbourn, senior, I should point out was out of the country at the time of the attempted heists.

Here is one of the ‘gaffs’ they are selling or renting. It’s called Brentwood Mansion.  

Its variously out on the net for 'rent' or sale at Bt15 million. Some due diligence is in order here as in all property buying or letting in Thailand.

So why are Thai police letting British criminals go? The official answer of course that every accused person in Thailand is entitled to bail before trial. However, Thailand does not assume innocence – hence all those press conferences with criminals with arresting officers lined up behind them.

It’s an economic thing. Foreign police still need to be very sweet to get their men.

More of this to come.


Lancashirelad said...

Dreadful state of affairs. And I see no indication that things will get better any time soon.

Bob Kneale said...

Your headline would have been more accurate, and less self-serving, if it had read, "Thai Immigration Police Release Man Detained For Immigration Offence". He wasn't arrested here in connection with any UK offences or police request.

"But enough. I do not wish to be accused of pinning guilt by association on the Milbourns." It's a bit late for your thoughtfulness after you've already done it.

Andrew Drummond said...

You never studied irony at Uni then Bob

Legal Czar said...

how does "self serving" fit into the equation...Care to explain?

Megalodon said...

I think the only thing our Bob studied at Uni, AD, is how to brown-nose - or lick the boots if that is a more acceptable term - of whatever or whoever is running the Thai government.
It matters not to Bob whether they were democratically elected or simply seized power. In Bob's eyes they can do no wrong.

D. Farang said...

Those obsessed with power will almost certainly display a myriad of chronic unresolved personality-disorder issues - certainly unaddressed on purpose - as they like who they are - a lot - call it the "Donald Trump Syndrome" if you will - for lack of better words, and people

Clive Jackson said...

Can't wait for the day to see PJH in orange jumpsuit.
Paul John Hayward, also known as Paul Hilton, is the son of machine operator from Birmingham, UK, a man believed to have bank-rolled Crawley Town Football Club in Sussex, and who is also currently supervising the master lease on Bangkok’s Nana Entertainment Plaza, sex complex. His family name appears in the directorship of companies controlled by the Eclipse Group in Bangkok, which is associated with nightclubs, theme bars and restaurants. But his name is on nothing.

D. Farang said...

And he gets laid for free - lets hope he gets the clap, on say his face

Horizons said...

As the great cliche reigns, take a bow Mr. Mark Hallett. Benefit of the doubt, one imagines a fine husband and father, deep in books of a day fingering out how to make the world a better place. Something of a hero. A proper modern day superhero, though, for disclosing a fraction of his wealth and solving all those suicide cases, is Somyot Poompamgmuang - a true custodian of justice who will most certainly, right now, be reading about the Koh Tao murders and ensuring prosecution for the guilty. The boogeyman, PAul 'Jack and Coke' Hayward, when watching Engerland football this evening, should feel safe and secure knowing the unwritten laws of reap and sow. It might come down to vigilantes in Thailand. One way or the other, if state 'justice' prevails as is, look forward to fireworks and hopefully no collateral damage.

Horizons said...

Advice to Hayward: Get out, go live somewhere you can beat the heat. I don't condone this man's actions for a nano, but every man should be able to bring up his kids. Trust the Thai thing, trust the boiler room arrogance, he'll get taken out. Caused way too much damage. Keep your line on that level Paul, you're gonna get taken out.

soiCzar said...

Wtf are you smoking horizon {and wtf is a horizon}...?

Bob Kneale said...

Did you, Andrew? There's no irony in the headline, nor in the quote. I did get the grasp of grammar, though, Andrew.

'Legal Czar', no, I wouldn't. Get your legal team to help you to work it out.

Bob Kneale said...

You could be right, of course, Megalodon, but it's much, much more likely that you're not. Did you not notice that I made no mention of the government?

Horizons said...

The stuff that wonders how many Rolex's it took for Poompangmuang and his cronies to lie away so many ruined lives in their pursuit of greed. The stuff that wonders if Hayward will be allowed to get away with the similar. I'd strain on the side of judicial justice if it existed, but sway on the side of at-all-costs, given that it doesn't. I'm no victim of these predators in disguise, but know plenty who've fallen foul, and the results are devastating. Horizon is karma.

Horizons said...

And hey soiCzar, this one's for free: Paul Hayward regrets ripping people off to the extent he did. Daily. Even if he evades justice. Unless of course... he's a psychopath.

leave Thailand to the Thais said...

Horizon. what makes you think he's not

Horizons said...

Sorry for the late reply. Time, will only see what he's not.

the guest said...

... because the Police and Army are far worse than the British Criminals. Besides which, why would they cut of their main supply of cash?