A 23-year-old Briton who allegedly pushed his pal of a balcony off a Bangkok apartment to his death in June 2013 has been acquitted of a murder charge but fined the equivalent of £30 on minor drugs charges, at Bangkok Criminal court.

James Anthony Durnan walked free from the court.

The prime prosecution witness was Chantima Yuttaisong, the girlfriend of the victim Darren Taylor, 34 who claimed Durnan also attacked her on the fifth floor of the Maitreejit Apartment in Inthamara Road, Suthisan, Bangkok.

Both men were Liverpudlians and Chantima has since given birth to a baby boy by Taylor, whom she has named Anfield.

The court case was not covered by the media – and newspaper and television reports stem from information provided to the parents of Taylor in Liverpool by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Taylors parents Gary and Linda, had to borrow £10,000 from relatives to fly his body back home.

Since his death the family have been “coming up against brick walls” and struggling to find out information about the trial or meet costs.

Taylor had been living in Thailand for three years.

The family were interviewed shortly after the murder in a report by ITN which stated: ‘They fear money talks in the Thai legal system.”


  1. Is there a possibility that the court's decision was correct and that Mr Durnan is not a murderer? Do you have a link to your original report of this incident?

    1. There is a possiblity that the court's decision was correct. I did not cover this case. Nobody here did. That is the point. The family felt disquiet. Everybody feels disquiet. It should not be the case but Thai justice has come to the point that it has little credibility accept in cases that are closely scrutinised.

  2. On the $urface.. it $eems pretty dodgy..with a payday for $omeone, $omewhere along the line..

    "Dirty Cash (Money Talks)" is a song by 90s British dance music act, The Adventures of Stevie V

    "Dirty Cash" was first released in 1989 on Mercury Record Label,[2] then again in 1990 both on 7" vinyl, where it went to number one on the US dance chart.[3]

    Dirty Cash was then re-released as a re-mastered '97 remix in 1997. In June 2014, Dirty Cash is again re-released, this time remixed by Alan Fitzpatrick…

    ….Mmm-hmm, wooh-hooh-hooh-hooh-hooh-yeah-eah
    I've no excuse, I just want you to use me-ee
    Take me and abuse me
    I got no taboos, I'll make a trade with you-ou-ou
    Do anything you wa-ant me to
    Money talks, mmm-hmm-hmm, money talks
    Dirty cash I want you, dirty cash I need you, woh-oh
    Money talks, money talks
    Dirty cash I want you, dirty cash I need you, woh-oh..
    (Dirty cash, dirty cash)


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