An enquiry is under way on the eastern seaboard as to what
has happened to a British suspect who was bailed two times for offences against
Both British Police and the Royal Thai Police Region 2’s
Women and Children’s Protection Unit are seeking answers to the disappearance of
66-year-old Andrew Tracy from Wickford, Essex, who has failed to appear in court in Pattaya.
Tracy was first arrested with a Mr. Karl Josef Ruppel aged
69 from Germany on warrants 90 and 95/2556 issued by Pattaya Court on 1st
February 2013. They were both accused of committing indecent acts with young
boys under the age of 15.
A Thai man was also charged with providing the children. All
of them were bailed to appear in court.

Strangling with a belt

Tracy was arrested again in May this year after a Brit ‘have-a-go-hero’
intervened to stop him beating up a boy whom he said May was attempting to
strangle with his belt in bushes in Bang Saray.

Tracy, formerly from Leytonstone, East London, had been linked to a Thai national in Britain, who was described as an influential person. The man is known as ‘Chinese Joe’ Juntrastapt

Said Mr. Booty, from Bethnal Green, E. London, at the time: 

“I was driving in Bang Saray last  when I saw this guy drag a boy off into the
bushes. He had a belt around the boy’s neck and was strangling with him.

Karl Ruppel – courtesy PattayaOne

“I stopped my car and gave chase and he let the boy go and
rushed to his own car. I also called some building workers on site to come over
and be witnesses.

“I screamed at this guy. ‘Do the boys’ parents know about
this you pervert!’

The guy rushed off in his car but he was arrested at his
home nearby.

I went along to the police station to give a statement and was
there from about 4 pm until 1 am. Two other boys were brought in.”

Lee Booty

He added:“I made a statement and hung around to see what would
happen. There was a lot of talking going on. Police told me they were charging him with attempted murder. 

“Then at 1 am police just released
him. I was told he had paid 300,000 baht bail and they were holding onto his
car so he could find the rest of the cash.  

“Nothing appeared in the Pattaya People which was a bit surprising. 

“I subsequently went to see where this guy lived, which was
a rented house in Bang Saray, and saw that he had packed up and left.”

British Police will extradite child sexual offenders back to
the country where the offences allegedly took place and assist in prosecutions.

But Ecpat have complained, see link below, that the British Government is not doing enough to stop British paedophiles travelling abroad and failing to deliver on pledges.

A Home Office spokesman replied: “The UK has some of the toughest powers in the world to deal with sex offenders but we are not complacent and keep these powers under constant review. 

“We have strengthened checks on individuals on the sex offenders register, which now include a requirement to notify police of any foreign travel and provide bank account, credit card and passport details. 

“These checks enhance our ability to manage offenders in local communities.
“We are also looking to improve the use and effectiveness of Foreign Travel Orders and will set out more detailed plans shortly”.

If you know there whereabouts of this man please contact the UK Embassy Police Liaison Officer, Chonburi Region 2 Women and Children’s Protection Unit, or Fight Against Child Exploitation ( If you wish you can also contact here and we can pass on details. 


  1. Im sick of hearing about perverts from UK being caught in Thailand. What do these lazy baskets in Embassy and other UK Government departments do all fikin day. Also can anyone from this site, the embassy or anyone at all answer this simple question,
    WHY CAN OUR GOVERNMENT OFFER ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS FLIGHTS HOME WHEN THEY ARE CAUGHT IN UK ILLEGAL, AND THEY CANT HELP BRITISH NATIONALS IN TROUBLE ABROAD GET FLIGHTS HOME. Ive just heard a guy has been threatened with prison because he cant pay an electric bill, then sent home when his family pay his flight. He has a 9 month old daughter here. Surely his human rights are being violated here.

  2. Interesting that Colov was part of the aftermath…no surprises that this piss poor pattaya people ignored this terrible incident

    kudos to Mr Booty for not looking the other way the way some of the locals sexpats are happy to do…small world as they're both from east London…

  3. "If you know there whereabouts of this man please contact the UK Embassy Police Liaison Office"

    And…pray tell me what are they likely to do about this pervert, refer him to a good lawyer?

    If anyone does know his whereabouts please keep in mind Wireless Road opening hours and siesta times!

  4. If a British Citizen has an emergency in China or Italy (chosen randomly) the main Embassy Web Page states clearly as the very first Service provided Out of Hours Emergency Assistance eg
    China: British Embassy Beijing
    Out-of-hours emergency assistance
    British nationals who need emergency assistance outside normal office hours should call +86 (10) 5192 4000.
    Italy: British Embassy Rome
    Out-of-hours emergency assistance
    British nationals who need emergency assistance outside normal office hours should call +39 06 4220 2431 where they will be given details on how to proceed and how to contact a duty officer.
    In Thailand the British Embassy Bangkok Web Page has absolutely nothing on Emergency Assistance or Out of Hours Contact. Why is this? And does Embassy opening hours apply to this.

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