A former pupil of Girvan Academy, Ayr, was named in court in
Thailand today as aide to a ‘mafia boss’ in the beach resort of Pattaya.
David Hanks, 65, was described as a man with Chinese mafia
connections whose boss was an American called Drew Walter Noyes, currently on trial
for extortion.
Mike Goulet the director of a health and beauty clinic in
the resort told Pattaya Provincial Court: “I was scared for my business and my
” after being confronted at the clinic by Hanks.
Hanks, he said, had checked in at the clinic but had also seemingly come to announce that he was connected to
the mafia, had been in the sex business in Melbourne, Australia, and that his
boss wanted to meet with him.
But Noyes, then publisher of the Pattaya Times newspaper,
did not want to talk about advertising the Thonglor Clinic.

 “When Noyes called he said: ‘Come to my
office and we can talk about the protection we can offer so your business can
run smoothly.’
“David Hanks said things that scared me.”

Michael Goulet identifies the alleged extortionists Drew Noyes and Wanrapa Boonsu
Hanks formerly ran ‘Masquerades’ brothel in Bridge Road,
Keysborough, a Melbourne suburb, but he sold it last year to a Chinese family
then moved to Pattaya, Thailand, where he says he has gone into business in a
company with Noyes’ common-law wife Wanrapa Boonsu.
Drew Noyes and Wanrapa Boonsu are both charged with
extortion. They are also charged with fraud in a separate case.
They initially told Goulet that he would need to pay 7
million Thai baht (£143,546) – but later gave him a specially reduced offer of
2.3 million baht (£47,149), the court heard.
If he did not pay, said Goulet, his clinic would be raided
by police and illegal medicines would be found. 
The matter of course would also be reported in the newspaper the Pattaya
Earlier the arresting police officer Captain Chuanchote described how police said up a sting operation to catch Noyes and
Boonsu. They provided 100,000 Thai baht (£2,063) in a suitcase and told Goulet
to say that it was a first instalment, he would have to wait sometime before
making a large withdrawal from his bank.
Police listened in as Wanrapa Boonsu telephoned Goulet to
tell him if the money was not forthcoming she could not stop the police raid.
Police lay in wait outside the News Restaurant in Pattaya
and they pounced when Goulet handed over the cash.
 “Do you not know how much service this man has done for the community?”
Asked by Noyes’ lawyer: “Did not Hanks ask you about advertising
in the Pattaya Times” Goulet replied: “There was no conversation with Hanks
about advertising. He asked me to see his mafia boss.”
Then showing a pile of photographs of Drew Noyes, with
Pattaya City officials, police and Crime Suppression Division officers and a
member of the Thai Royal family, Noyes’ lawyer asked: “Do you not know how much
service this man has done to the community? Mr. Goulet replied: “No. I had
never heard of him before.”
Hanks and Noyes pose with Thai Generals at a local function
Hanks known as ‘Babyface’ emigrated to Australia from
Girvan, Ayrshire in the late 70’s after his marriage broke up and had an
expensive property in Narre Warren, Melbourne. He moved to Thailand and works
alongside Noyes, a man with interests in Las Vegas, Nevada, together with two
American’s Philip Venne and Jerry Weinerth, from Hawaii.
Noyes has been in Thailand for 15 years. He claimed in his
newspaper that he came to the country to help Thailand out of the then Asian
economic crisis. But he actually opened two beer bars in Pattaya instead. He started a legal company claiming to be an American lawyer, but he later had to withdraw that claim.