If military intelligence seems a contradictory term, then Thai military intelligence must be up there in the stratosphere. Following the military take-over of the country’s premier sex resort city of Pattaya a report to ‘Military Circle 14’ has resulted in the announcement of the arrest of hapless Brit Andy Ronald Mathews for insulting Thais.
Mathews is a victim of Pattaya. He is also not very well. He was in the real estate business and claimed he had been swindled out of some 26 million baht by his business partner a German. Mathews is hardly in the criminal class – though I am always wary of putting that as a hard fact in the case of property show owners in Pattaya.
Mathews then accused his partner of being in the business of smuggling top of the range cars into Thailand and something very dodgy in the casino business.
Needless to say if his partner was doing something dodgy in either of those fields – he would have had influential Thai friends – and some no doubt military.
But never mind; along came a knight in shining armour in the form of Brian Goudie, (born Goldie), a ‘British barrister’ and former ‘officer in the Royal Marines’, who said he could find time between doing ‘pro bono’ cases at the High Court in London, to sort out his problems and sue the pants off the German.
Mathews is a rather straight talking uncomplicated man. Goudie had told him the story about how he tried to save the life of his last client Jimmy ‘Doc’ Halliday – the former Belfast drugs trafficker – from the flesh eating disease ‘necrotising fasciitis’, which he had contracted in Nong Plalai jail,
Sadly, said Goudie, he had failed.
Nevertheless out of gratitude Halliday had signed over to Goudie his Power of Attorney to take his property. Halliday did not want anything to go to his kids or Thai girlfriend, said Goudie , who now owned Halliday’s pub and guest house (The Blarney Stone) car and partments. He needed cash to do up the guest house now the ‘Jaggie Thistle’ for its new projected clientele – Scottish jimmies apparently.
Mathews duly agreed and handed over some US$15,000 which was pretty much all his savings.
But not only did Goudie not return his cash he also failed to turn up for Mathews case of assaulting the German. Instead sending him an sms to plead not guilty.
In any event the judge told Mathews that he would get a small fine and suspended sentence, which Mathew thought he could handle rather than go through a year of hearings, and he was free to leave.
A furious Mathews then started demanding cash back from Goudie. At one stage he was offered one of Halliday’s cars but of course getting cash out of Goudie was worse than grabbing sugar cane out of an elephant’s mouth.
For Goudie, from Falkirk, Scotland, of course was not a barrister, nor a former officer in the Royal Marines. He was an old lag and professional confidence trickster.
Under his birth name Goldie, he was jailed for six years in Australia for defrauding a mining company, and previously he had left Scotland before a warrant of arrest had been issued against him for an alleged fraud at the Royal Bank of Scotland.
And he was in the process of screwing nearly US$300,000 from then 76-year-old Barbara Fanelli Miller, an American woman whose son he was allegedly defending in the Pattaya court system.
Further Goudie was not acting for Mathews at all. He secretly acting for the German and taking criminal action through the Thai courts to sue Mathews for libel.
When Mathews heard he went ballistic and confronted Goudie at the Jaggie Thistle pub, which he had ironically helped decorate, and gave Goudie a mouthful of abuse.
Goudie of course sued again. There are now multiple cases – and cases under the Computer Crime Act – a total abuse of laws which were introduced to protect the Monarchy and national security. Mathews is of course penniless to defend them,
Goudie is of course not around. He skipped bail after being convicted and sentenced to three years for Barbara Miller fraud, and a warrant of arrest has also been issued against him for other charges of fraud and others related to revenge porn. In the UK it would be impossible to be sued by the likes of Goudie whom an Australian court has already ruled is a ‘person not of good character’.
The fake lawyer of course has been reporting the demise of Mathews, 52, from Wolverhampton on his bogus legal website ‘CasewatchAsia.’
A poster on Thaivisa obviously believes Goudie’s claptrap because he posted something along the lines of ‘all you have to do is Google’. In fact all Mathews’ cases to my knowledge involve either the German or Goudie – and not one of the cases apart from the assault (abh) would be criminal back home.
The problem with Andy Mathews is that Pattaya has driven him crazy. He has sent out thousands of emails about his story and accused almost everyone he knows of being involved in a conspiracy against him.
These emails I know also go to his former best friends. He has been a victim of Pattaya and now that it seems he has defamed Thais he is now a victim of the military and immigration department.
I have hundreds. I ignore his email insults. Long after they began I went to visit him. He was not conscious that he had made them and though he had no cash offered what hospitality he could.
“After being question by immigration officers, Mathews was transferred to Pattaya City Police who charged him with “defaming others through an advertisement via internet” plus charges of overstaying his visa. (587 days).
The Thaivisa report states that this is part of the Immigration Department’s ‘Good guys in – Bad Guys Out’ campaign.
Let’s hope Immigration catch up with Stickboy’s main paymaster – the Brit who has the master lease on Nana sex tourism plaza in Bangkok with a very colourful past in financial fraud.
And as for Thaivisa. I’d watch these laws about insulting Thais. I thought Thaivisa.com was the platform of preference.
‘Good Guys in – Bad Guys Out’ – that seems a total reversal of Immigration policy. It won’t work I’m afraid. Even the government has conceded that the Immigration department is the most corrupt of all the police agencies – and after the CIB/CSD scandal – that must take some effort.
Sadly the future of Andy Mathews looks bleak. But he is the victim of the bad guys and this latest news from the army and immigration only goes to show they haven’t a clue where to look for the bad guys, unless bad guys means of course ‘those who do not pay us’ – in which case they are the good guys.
Mathew was the guy who alerted the world to Brian Goudie. In a way he is now paying the price.