December 2010

Pai Canadian Murder – The Dilatory Truth

FROM ANDREW DRUMMOND, BANGKOK, December 31 2010 Three years after he gunned down Canadian Leo Del Pinto in the northern Thai village of Pai the trial of Police Sergeant Uthai Dechachiwat has still not started and papers have now been referred to the Office of Special Litigation in Bangkok.  But on January 17th Sergeant Uthai […]

British Benefits Scroungers Targetted

News blog Some British expatriates in Thailand maybe concerned about their government’s plan to target to reduce what the Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph are today dubbing ‘abroad fraud’. However by virtue of the fact that the story is in the  Mail, and Telegraph and social security scroungers is one of their ‘b?te noires’ there […]

Farmer Joe -Thailand's Bernard Matthews

Tough turkey says wife ‘This is Thailand’ From ANDREW DRUMMOND, Bangkok,December 23 2010 A Briton, who became Thailand’s premier turkey farmer, will be eating pot noodles today, because he says turkey sticks in his throat. Plucking away in Hua Hin in bygone days Joe Stanyer, 57, was the equivalent of Britain’s Bernard Matthews, but things […]

Death Charges Confirmed On British Woman In Malaysia

From ANDREW DRUMMOND,Kota BahruDecember 23 2010 Shivaun and Ram Naruzal Shima heading for court THE daughter of a British nuclear weapons scientist is facing death by hanging after being formally charged with drug trafficking in Malaysia. Mother-of-two Shivaun Orton, whose late father Mike worked at Aldermaston weapons research centre, has been transferred in custody to […]

Ewan Mcgregor In 'Stabbing' Drama On Thai Film Set

From ANDREW DRUMMOND,Bangkok, December 22 2010 Production of the Hollywood film ‘The Impossible’ had to be stopped in Thailand after actor Ewan McGregor appeared to receive a death threat in verse from his stand-in. The crew for the film, centred on a British family’s ordeal during the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami, had to stand down […]

I Was Raped And Held Captive' Says British Woman

From ANDREW DRUMMOND Kemaman, Terengganu, Malaysia Dressed in orange prison robes and handcuffed to a fellow suspect, this is the daughter of a British nuclear scientist facing the death penalty in Malaysia for drugs trafficking. Shivaun and Ram Naruzal Shima heading for court Shivaun Orton, 41, and her husband were arrested after police found ?16,000 […]

Daughter Of British Nuclear Physicist Faces Death Malaysia

From ANDREW DRUMMOND, BangkokDecember 16 2010 The daughter of a former British nuclear health physicist faces the mandatory death sentence in Malaysia for drugs trafficking after a police raid on a holiday resort there. Shivaun A Malaysian police chief said today that Shivaun Patra Orton from Bangor, Wales, already faces life imprisonment on cannabis, amphetamine […]

Briton Was Not Mistreated' – Pattaya Police

From Andrew Drummond, Bangkok, December 12 2010 Pattaya Police Superintendent, Colonel Nunthawut Suwanla-ong, has denied reports that a British visa overstayer was mistreated in the police cells at the local police station on Beach Road, Pattaya. In a statement to the Pattaya Daily News, issued to ‘counter allegations by the foreign media’ the Superintendent said […]

Culture Shock! A Thai 'Bride's' Fight For Dignity

The thrice times Scottish kilt maker, 67, and a Thai magazine editor – a recipe for misunderstanding? From ANDREW DRUMMOND, BANGKOK, Scottish Daily Mail December 11 2010 Scots kilt-maker Dennis Booth probably had no inkling that he was heading for stardom when he looked to the internet for romance… he is perhaps the most famous […]

Saved By An Angel – Pattaya Brit In Hospital

FROM ANDREW DRUMMOND BANGKOK December 8 2010 A Briton found languishing, naked, and tied to the bars of a  prisoncell in Pattaya police station has been saved by an angel appearing in the form of an expatriate British woman living in Pattaya. Naked and cuffed to the cell bars And after being scrubbed and clothed […]