Never a barrister

A bail hearing in which a British foreign correspondent was charged with libel under Thailand’s Computer Crime Act for publishing a photo shopped picture, among others, of a fake barrister, who claimed he practiced at the High Court and Old Bailey in London, – was today adjourned until November 13th.

Andrew Drummond, author of this site, former correspondent for ‘The Times’ and ‘Observer’ in Thailand and now with the London Evening Standard, did not attend the court in Koh Samui.

The action had been brought by Brian Goudie, formerly known as Brian Goudie, an international con man who has a programme ‘Brian Goldie – Swindler Scot’ dedicated to himself in the television series ‘Serial Swindlers’.

Drummond exposed his activities in Thailand in the Scottish Sunday Mail and frequently on this site.  A libel case brought by Goudie for libel against Andrew Drummond in the Pattaya Court over Sunday Mail exposé has already been dismissed.

The current charges do not relate to any words Drummond has written but purely to pictures lampooning Goudie, causing him to be offended. The intention behind publication of the photographs was indeed to expose him as a fake lawyer and fake Royal Marine, among other things.

Goudie is currently on criminal trial in Pattaya for posing as lawyer to cheat 76-year-old Barbara Fanelli Miller of Madison, Wisconsin out of 7.9 million baht (US$243,000) . Included in that amount was bail money for her son on child sexual abuse charges in Nong Plalai prison, Pattaya.

Andrew Drummond had written to the court saying that while he was surprised the court had accepted the charges he would of course be contesting them. He further requested the court to send writs to his lawyer, not to addresses Goudie knew he had long since left.

Goudie is co-operating with Drew Walter Noyes, an American who also claimed to be a lawyer to get cash from foreigners who has also taken a case, based on photo-shopped pictures only, against Drummond in the Pattaya Court.

#DrewNoyes is currently on trial in Pattaya accused together with his common law wife Wanrapa Boonsu of attempting to extort the Thonglor Clinic out of 2.3 million baht (originally 7 million) on pain of a police raid and bad publicity in his now defunct Pattaya Times newspaper.

Drew Noyes – Fake lawyer

On his phony quasi legal blog site ‘Casewatch.Asia’ (Noyes and Goudie have created about 20 anti Drummond websites and flooded the internet that he is a fraud and a criminal) Goudie states:

 “Andrew Drummond, 63, a convicted criminal who was convicted of criminal defamation and sentenced to four months jail  (suspended for one year) in February 2014 in Pattaya Provincial Court will tomorrow face Court on the Thai island of Koh Samui and is expected to be forced to post what Plaintiff’s expect will be a ‘substantial’ bail bond – even if Drummond can persuade the Court to release him on bail.

Never an officer

It is rumoured that documents have been filed by the Plaintiff in tomorrow’s cases, Brian Goudie, objecting to Drummond being released on bail as Drummond now faces at least three criminal trials early next year, or alternatively requesting the Court to set tough bail conditions such as a higher than normal bail bond, confirmation of a residential address, travel restrictions and surrender of passport.

Following a preliminary hearing in case numbers 1269/2556 and 1826/2556 filed by Goudie last year, in which the Court found a prima facie case existed to go to trial, Drummond has been summonsed to surrender to bail and answer two indictments in two separate cases tomorrow that list eleven separate breaches of Thailand’s Computer Crimes Act.

Drummond has been ordered to surrender to Court officers at 9 o’clock tomorrow morning – or face the prospect of an arrest warrant being issued.

A spokesman for Goudie said today:

‘We expect the Court will set bail conditions commensurate with the level of offending in these pending cases, which would almost certainly attract a long custodial sentence if Drummond is convicted at trial. Mr Drummond faces eleven charges that each carry a penalty of up to three years imprisonment, so it is a very serious matter indeed’.

The spokesman for Goudie, is, er Goudie. Those rumours turned out not to be true. Goudie turned up without a lawyer.

#BrianGoudie #BrianGoldie #DrewNoyes #DrewWalterNoyes
Footnote: Many thanks to all who have contributed to the bail. Report will follow about how the appeal fund went. But it is really very encouraging that I have the support out there in this tediously long fight merely defend foreigners against fraudsters in Thailand.

About the Author

Andrew Drummond

Andrew Drummond is a British independent journalist and occasional television documentary maker. He is a former Fleet Street, London, journalist having worked at the Evening Standard, Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday, News of the World, Observer and The Times.

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