(Pic: Noyes)

Appeal court judges today dismissed an appeal by American Drew Noyes, former publisher of the Pattaya Times newspaper, against the acquittal of British journalist Andrew Drummond for libel.

They agreed with the lower court AND threw out Noyes’ claim that he had been libeled in a photograph which showed him under arrest with the caption ‘Going to Jail’.

In the same photo montage was a picture of Niels Colov, CEO of the Pattaya People Media Group captioned ‘Been to Jail’.

The courts ruled that Drummond was acting as a journalist. He had not composed the picture himself, but the picture was not libelous. Noyes was facing serious charges.

Drew Noyes is currently on bail together with his common law wife Wanrapa Boonsu charged with the attempted extortion of the Thonglor Clinic, Jomtien, Pattaya.

Left Neils Colov who has been to jail, right Noyes and Boonsu who are trying to avoid it.

It’s alleged they tried to extort a partner in the clinic, Dr. Michel Goulet, out of 7 million Thai baht, on pain of a police raid and bad publicity in the now defunct Pattaya Times newspaper.

Noyes was not in court to hear the result. Nor was he or his lawyer in court at a hearing yesterday to bring similar charges of criminal libel and libel under the Computer Data for using a photo-shopped picture of him wearing little more than a leather pouch in a gay parade.

He said he was a ‘real man’ not gay.

Noyes’ lawyers had not translated the article in question. In fact the article stated he was not gay. The judges cut the bail by half to 50,000 baht. The case was adjourned until June 9th.

Photoshopped – left Drew – right Brian

Noyes was not present as he was in the United States. He had been given bail subject to another payment of 500,000 Thai baht and on condition he returned within two weeks.

It is reported he has since sold on the lease of a shop house in Pattaya Soi 13/1 containing ‘Cupid’s’ Gentleman’s Club.

On Facebook Noyes has announced he was heading to Wilmington, North Carolina, the city where in 1995 the Morning Star newspaper exposed him for being a man of ‘myriad lies’ with a dubious record in bogus stock dealing and property.

Noyes has property in the area in the name of his ex-wife Nittaya Chaisit Noyes. As he also has her power of attorney, he may be going there to clear up his property matters.

On his return, and his return is by no means certain, he now faces a series of counter charges including those of malicious prosecution.

A case brought by Brian Goudie, aka Brian Goldie, former Convict E0000274 in Hakea Prison, West Australia, was on Monday also adjourned. Goudie was also suing over the gay parade photos.

Third and fourth from left – Goudie and Noyes photoshopped

Neither Goudie nor his lawyers attended. The judge said the case would be dismissed if they did not attend the next hearing on June 2nd.

Goudie’s lawyers had written a letter to the court saying they could not represent him as they were representing him instead in Pattaya at the same time where he had to surrender to bail again on a charge of falsely claiming to be a British lawyer, while cheating an 75-year-old American woman Barbara Fanelli Miller out of just under US$300,000.


Footnote: My apologies. Have had many complaints that for the last four days or so readers have had nothing to read. My apologies. Had a break.


  1. Congratulations once again Andrew!! Pending counter-claims- filing false police reports and perjury… as well as defamation under Art 328 and the Computer Crime Act. Give him all he deserves. Oh and don't forget the accompanying civil claims for damages…

  2. Well done Andrew…

    But this is strange, Noyse going to America just as his case for alleged extortion comes up.

    Will we ever see or hear from him again?

    Only time will tell.

    Tick Tock Tick Tock Tick Tock Tick Tock

  3. Great news for you Andrew, it's nice to hear you chalk up another win for the good guys.

    You've done a story about vexatious litigants, why not a story about the length of the trials of Noyes and Goudie. It seems like these alleged criminals have had the run of Thailand for almost a year while on bail for their offenses.

    I wonder how many other crimes they may have committed during their time out on bail.

    Both Goudie and Noyes have histories of committing similar offenses in their pasts, which indicates the crimes they've been charged with are repeated behaviors.

    I doubt Thailand has been a safer or better place with them both free to continue their day to day "activities" for such an extended amount of time. It's not the alleged criminals that suffer, but their potential new victims while the alleged criminals await justice.

  4. The old goat has been posting increasingly emotional messages directed at his kids On FB now he's back on US soil…lord knows what, if indeed, anything is going through his head…

  5. Just thinking to myself. Allowing Drew Noyes to leave the country for 2 weeks on a relatively low bail amount could be a hint by Thai authorities to leave the country and not return. Sneaky way of brushing the problem under the carpet and not having to deal with it. Thainess at its finest! Unfortunately, from reading Drew Noyes FB I don't think he would take the hint even if it existed.

  6. Oh the irony of it all. Noisey tries to bluff people that he can solve all their problems. But he can not even win his own cases. I thought his extortion trial was this month. Was the trip to America a stalling tactic? Well done Andrew, again!
    One would think he would have to be a madman to return to face a possible Thai jail sentence. I believe he will return.

  7. Noisey on his homecoming tour of it seems most of the US is now claiming he will be there for 2 months…dropping hints he may not return…

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