A DAY IN THE LIFE OF PATTAYA PROVINCIAL COURT
The controversy about a picture published on the Facebook page of the mysterious Mangus Evans, who first appeared as a letter writer to the ‘Pattaya Times’ reached new heights in Court 6 of the Pattaya Provincial Court as Pattaya Times founder demanded British journalist Andrew Drummond stand trial.
Although it was not his case Noyes, 57, angrily stormed up to the bench and in a raised voice stated: “The damage is done. Drummond must stand trial. It’s all over the internet and copied on other sites”.
The controversial picture which was reproduced on www.andrew-drummond.com showed Niels Colov, CEO of the Pattaya People, pictured with career criminal Lonne Fristrup Jensen, under the caption: “Been to Jail”. Next to him was another picture of Drew Noyes under arrest with Wanrapa Boonsu for the attempted extortion of the Thonglor Clinic, Jomtien under the caption: “Going to Jail”.
|The offending picture published by Mangus Evans. This of course does not represent the views of the author of this site|
An identical case brought by Drew Noyes had been rejected by the court on the grounds that Drummond was merely doing his job as a journalist.
Drew Noyes’ lawyers pressed on with the case this time brought by Wanrapa Boonsu. This was accepted as Drummond was not in court to contest. He subsequently had to pay bail of 100,000 baht on two charges, criminal libel, and libel under the Computer Crimes Act.
However when the case came before the court again it was also pointed out that an identical case had been dismissed and the judge again pointed out to Ms Boonsu that Drummond was doing his job.
|This picture of Noyes did no damage? (Thai Rath)|
This is the spirit of the conversation but it is not a verbatim record.
Judge:Well Ms Wanrapa what do you want.
Wanrapa: I want him to apologise in x newspapers and say the story is untrue?
Judge: How can he do that? You are on trial for extortion.
Drummond: “ I don’t even know this woman. I do not have a problem with her. I could put a question mark in front of the headline if it makes her happy?”
This was not agreed. (Mainly because it was lost in translation)
Drummond: Well I could take down the picture. No actually I could take down the whole story. It’s nothing in the scheme of things.
After an adjournment Drummond returned to the court and showed that the story and picture had been removed. Having met with her husband she had changed her mind.
“Look! the picture is still here. It’s on Google,” she said.
Counsel for Drummond:”Its not on Andrew Drummond’s website. He does not control Google”.
Drew Noyes stormed in and began his heated soliloquy. At one point one of the Judges glancing at Noyes seemed to joke: “Going to jail. Nae non”.
Noyes had to leave for an appointment.
After a short break Wanrapa Boonsu after again being talked to by the judges said she would agree. But she said she needed to watch the site for two weeks to make sure it was not put up again.
Counsel for Drummond requested a shorter time. “He wants his bail money back. He has to pay his children’s school fees”.
Wanrapa Boonsu signed the agreement then Drew Noyes stormed back to the court.
Outside he told Drummond:
“It’s still on Google. I have instructed you how to get things off Google.”
Drummond: “You have? Don’t talk to me talk to the judge.”
It was too late the court was closed.
As he left the court a furious Noyes said to Drummond: “Don’t ever buy a condo here!”
That was all agreed on May 21st which could not be reported until today.
Today at Pattaya Provincial Court Andrew Drummond having removed the offending picture from this site Wanrapa refused to withdraw the case stating that the picture was still on ‘Google’.
Drummond’s counsel against lodged the statement: “Drummond cannot control Google”.
It is still on Google and its now back up on site. I should of course point out that the views of the mysterious Mangus Evans are his not mine and that neither Drew Noyes or Wanrapa Boonsu have been convicted of the extortion of the Thonglor Clinic nor of defrauding Dutchman Theo Van der Schaff, etc.