A young British professional who was beaten by a bouncer outside a ‘boiler room’ nightclub in Bangkok is now being faced with a US$10,000 bill after the management, who admitted the blame, refused to pay much more than US$500.

Matt Prior, 26, from, Puckeridge, Hertfordshire, UK, who has a degree in Sport Science and runs a team in the Lufthansa Bangkok Expats League, faced multiple operations, one to save an eye, after being attacked by the bouncer at the ‘Sugar’ club in Sukhumvit Soi 11 earlier this month.

The ‘Sugar’ is of course one of the ‘Eclipse Group’ of bars, restaurants and clubs which technically are headed by Micky Doherty a former Hong Kong barman made good but in reality are controlled along with Nana Entertainment Plaza by boiler room king, or chief British wolf of Bangkok, Brummie Paul John Hayward, aka Paul Hilton.

That means this particular bouncer – who the club has allegedly go rid of – may be an off duty Thai policeman – in which case he will have been merely transferred to an even more active post.

Matt Prior was admitted to Bumrungrad Hospital and the softer touches within the Eclipse Group, who know little of boiler rooms except that is where their salaries come from, actually made an apology and paid the first 15,000 baht or so cash up front.

Tim Kopp, who wrote this apology left, was formerly with the ‘Q Bar’ which was doing well until the boiler room boys stepped in.

When Matt realized, or was told by doctors that the treatment was by far means over, in stepped Micky to put an end to his appeals for cash and Doherty’s approach was much more ‘boiler room’ style.

This is Matts account:

 “I was out with a friend. We went to sugar at around 2am. We left an hour later, obviously we had been drinking.  

We were outside the premises for 10 minutes and were trying to get a taxi when the bouncer called Jay came up behind me and punched me hard in the face, knocking me to the ground and breaking several bones. 

My friend and others assisted me to a tuk tuk and we were rushed to Bumrungrad. I was unresponsive at this point.

The bouncer apparently walked back into the club and was then sacked that evening.”

Matt had to have blood transfusions in the course of surgery.

Doherty’s reply was that as it happened ‘off premises’ it was not the club’s responsibility. That one will fall at the first hurdle of any court (outside Thailand that is) moreover he introduced a new claim that Prior was causing trouble.

Matt’s girlfriend however has launched an appeal and it has already attracted donations of US$3,500. You can find it here.

The moral of this story is of course do not go to any place in Bangkok or elsewhere which is owned part or wholly by boiler rooms.  And of course if Matt had known this he should not have gone to ‘The Sugar’.

That includes of course ‘The Australian’ pub opposite ‘Sugar’, ‘Levels Club’, Nana Plaza, Bangkok Beat,  Baccarat in Soi Cowboy and Pattaya, The Game in Bangkok or Chiang Mai, Bangkok Beat,

Actually the list is far too long to mention here. But I’ll get round to it soon enough.

What is most amazing is why expats who know the history of some of these venues bother to go along.