Drew Walter Noyes, the former publisher of the Pattaya Times newspaper, said through lawyers at court today that he would not be coming back to Thailand to attend court appearances as US laws prevented his return.

His lawyer told Bangkok Criminal Court that Noyes, who last month failed to turn up to hear his appeal against a 2 year jail sentence for extortion, would not return because American laws required him to look after his children and he would not get permission to leave the country.

In fact there is no such American law, but of course #DrewNoyes cannot desert his children. He would be required to arrange their care. That it appears is what he cannot do. Last month he announced that his ex-wife Nittaya Chaisit, would be getting a visa to the United States. But Noyes told his lawyers there was no-one else to look after his children.

Noyes brought five children to the United States, two by his current Thai common law wife Wanrapa Boonsu, (Kung) and three by his former wife Nittaya.

He was found guilty last year of extortion. He had threatened the owner of the Thonglor Clinic, Jomtien, that unless he paid up some 7 million baht his clinic would be subject to a police raid when illegal drugs would be found, and he would suffer bad publicity in his newspaper.  Both he and Wanrapa who assisted in his scam were given bail while appealing conviction.

Noyes ‘I shall not return’ statement came as his lawyers formally withdrew charges he had laid against  Andrew Drummond, the owner of this site,  Kanokrat Nimsamooth Booth, and Alastair Cooper.

In a related cases in Pattaya Scotsmen Brian Goudie, from Falkirk, and David Hanks from Girvan, failed to turn up for their cases.


#BrianGoudie, who re-invented himself as a British barrister in Thailand after being jailed for six years in Australia for defrauding a Perth Mining Company, sent in his latest girlfriend Jirapun Mootsopa, 19, with a doctor’s note to say he had been involved in a motorcycle accident.  On the last occasion his lawyers said he had injured himself falling down the stairs of his Key Bar Restaurant and Guest House.

The judges informed lawyers that a warrant will be issued for his arrest if he did not turn up next month to face charges related to ‘revenge porn’. The Pattaya Court will also issue a warrant of arrest for Drew Noyes.

#BrianGoudie is currently on bail appealing a three year jail sentence for posing as a barrister and former officer in the Royal Marines to cheat American Barbara Fanelli Miller out of some US$300,000 in Pattaya.

And in another related case David John Hanks, 67, from Girvan, Ayrshire, the former owner of the Masquerades brothel in Keysborough, Melbourne, also failed to turn up to face perjury charges. He skipped his trial in September saying he had problems with his Thai Visa.


Hanks worked with both Drew Noyes and Goudie and was involved in an attempted scam on US publishing magnate Bill Monson.  He also worked out of Drew Noyes’ ‘One Stop Service Center’ in Pattaya, and according to evidence presented in court played a part in the attempted extortion of the Thonglor Clinic, but was not charged.

Goudie in an email today was still litigating: “Oh, I was not at Court today,  no problem the case was adjourned, but I think the cops finally got Nang, just waiting on confirmation. Your pal from Hull also now has a warrant coming. Oops.”
More on Hanks later.

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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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