The Flying Sporran’s Thai Country Diary

Two second rate fraudsters seem annoyed at the fact that that journalist Andrew Drummond the author of this site has left Thailand claiming he has breached bail and they will pursue him all the way to the white cliffs of Dover and beyond to seek retribution.

Brian Goudie, our famous fake lawyer and phony officer in the Royal Marines has put a story up on his Casewatchasia.blogspot, quoting unnamed lawyers representing himself and fellow Scot David Hanks former owner of the Masquerades brothel outside Melbourne, claiming they will pursue their cases against him through the British courts.

They may have a problem there.

First they have rather jumped the gun as the cases are not due to be heard until the middle of next year..if at all;  and there is no breach of bail until there is a breach of bail.

Secondly they have not listened to the European Union statement condemning the abuse of the Computer Crime and Criminal Libel Laws of Thailand and that, er, there is no such charge of criminal libel and no Computer Crime Act in the UK

Hanks teamed up with Russian mafia – Thai Rath

And thirdly they are both on bail on criminal charges and do not have permission to leave the country.

And you never know in the meantime the Royal Thai Police who according to their new chief General Somyot are hell bent on clearing up foreign criminals might actually stumble across Goudie’s criminal past and the time he spent in jail in Hakea, West Australia.

Should they ever attempt to sue in a British court of course they would both have to put up serious cash for an actual real barrister, who after being consulted would demand the very large fee for telling them they were on a hiding to nothing.

Hanks, a former furniture upholsterer before his pimping days, was arrested last year as part of a ring running a racket in Pattaya lending cash to Russians at 60 per cent a month.

And Goudie, a former bank clerk, is on trial for posing as a lawyer to cheat a 75-year-old American woman out of some 7.8 million baht. But she could be 78 by now the length this process is taking and indeed she may be not of this world by the time the Thai courts realise what is going on.

Just as the sons of rich American kids do on Koh Samui when facing charges of GBH, it clearly has not occurred to them that Drummond might come back during his holidays to deal with their whimsical pretentions of being upstanding citizens.

*Claims by Brian Goudie that the IPSO (The Independent Press Standards Org) have made judgments against Andrew Drummond are of course totally false. Goudie has however made several vexatious claims against newspapers which have covered stories on him. A case brought against the Daily Telegraph was thrown out after a severe letter from the Telegraph’s lawyers; so were pretty much all the complaints made against the Scotsman and Daily Record. One paper referred to the fact that John Jepson a British estate agent had paid him 60,000 (sterling) to represent him. In fact posing as a lawyer he had secured a apartment from Jepson in Bangkok worth 6 million baht and the court ordered him to hand it back – and also awarded Jepson over 1 million in lieu of rent.

A second point raised was that having been called a person ‘not of good character’ by the Australian Administratice Appeals Tribunal and had his rejected IPSO said the newspaper concerned should have stated that the ruling was later over-turned. A moot point, true, but Goudie fled Australia, before his last hearing.

Finally a newsapaper said he was charged with fraud in Scotland. This was not true, An arrest warrant was issued against him for fraud. But he refused to return to from Australia to face the arrest warrant and it was later cancelled as all the defendants had fled there and it was out of time.
IPSO adjudicated on the newspapers and how they presented the story – not on Andrew Drummond who was not involved in the proceedings apart from to assist newspapers in the accuracy of the reports.The stories remain on the websites of the newspapers.