‘MAFIA MAN’S’ LIBEL CASE –DISMISSED!
‘NAE KNICKERS’ CASE TO BEGIN TOMORROW.
Two Scotsmen, one a former brothel owner and the second a phony lawyer, fled the premises of Koh Samui Provincial Court today, failing to bring charges of criminal libel and against a British journalist.
David Hanks, 65, from Girvan and Brian Goudie, 46, from Falkirk, who arrived without a Thai lawyer, hastily left after spotting the legal team representing Bangkok based British journalist Andrew Drummond.
Later a lawyer called the court on their behalf asking for a postponement of proceedings. The request was denied. The case was dismissed.
|David ‘Babyface’ Hanks
Brian Goudie, who has been operating in Thailand pretending to be a British barrister, had turned up to represent David Hanks, who had accused Andrew Drummond of libeling him on his website and in the ‘Scottish Sun’ newspaper referring to him as a ‘mafia’ character known as ‘Babyface’, who worked for an American boss called Drew Noyes, who has been charged with extortion offences in the Thai resort of Pattaya.
Andrew Drummond, from Edinburgh, who has been a journalist in Thailand for over 20 years, and specializes in foreign and transnational crime, was not required to attend the court.
He said today: “Had the case been accepted and I had to give testimony, I would have merely replied that I was reporting court proceedings.”
|Brian Goudie – jailed in Australia under the name Goldie
Earlier this year Canadian Dr. Michel Goulet told Pattaya Provincial Court that David Hanks had checked into his Thonglor Clinic in March 2012 for facial treatment.
While at the clinic Hanks had approached him and told him he ran a sex business in Melbourne and knew the Chinese mafia and that Goulet ought to see his boss in Pattaya, an American called Drew Walter Noyes, 58.
|Michel Goulet identifies Drew Noyes and Wanrapa Boonsu on their arrest for extortion
At a meeting Noyes told Goulet that he needed to pay 7 million Thai baht (£135,527) to stop a police raid on his premises, where illegal substances would be found and he could be subsequent to bad publicity. Noyes then owned ‘The Pattaya Times’ – which has since crashed. Goulet described both Hanks and Noyes as ‘mafia’ figures and he said Hanks made him scared for his own safety.
Drummond reported the case and also sent copy to Scotland as Hanks had been born and brought up in Girvan and attended Girvan Academy.
Goudie, from Falkirk, who was jailed in Australia for six years for the theft from a West Australian Mining Company – under his former name Brian Goldie – has also brought three cases against Andrew Drummond for libel. One has already been dismissed.
He did not turn up for the second case, instead choosing David Hanks to represent him. This related to an exposé of Goudie’s activities as a fake barrister in an article in the Scottish ‘Sunday Mail’.
|Andrew Drummond in the garden
of his 2000 baht pcm room in Bangkok
Goudie has to present his own case against Drummond in Koh Samui tomorrow. It was expected that he would chose David Hanks to represent him again – but now he may have to go into the witness box himself.
Goudie alleges that Andrew Drummond caused him to be the subject of ridicule after publishing a photo-shopped picture of him in a gay parade wearing bottmmless or backless shorts.
Drummond is contesting the case. “The photoshopped picture was not mine and I was merely reporting a dispute about the picture. I did not get the impression that Goudie was gay by this picture. I know he is not. My interpretation was that the picture showed a person of no substance. Mr. Goudie must be fully aware of the Scottish expression ‘all fur coat and nae knickers’.
Yesterday (Monday) American Drew Noyes failed to turn up at Koh Samui court to press libel charges against a British electrical engineer. However Goudie, who was allowed to represented Noyes admitted that he did not know who the man was or where he lived. A judge ordered him to find an address and identify the defendant or that case would also be dismissed.
Brian Goudie has been ordered to answer bail in Pattaya Provincial Court on a charge of cheating a 75-year-old woman out of US$300,000. It’s alleged he had promised her that as a barrister and an officer and a gentleman (He claimed he had been a Captain in the Royal Marines) he could get her son out of jail where he was awaiting trial on child sex abuse charges.
David Hanks had been charged with running an illegal money lending business in the seamy resort charging Russians at the rate of 60% per cent a month.
And Drew Noyes, from New Hampshire, has been accused,
together with his common law Thai wife with the attempted extortion of the Pattaya Clinic. Thai Police set up a sting and pounced as Michel Goulet handed over the first installment.
Added Drummond: “Actually what these people are doing is trying to break me financially but thanks to tremendous public support I have managed to keep my head above the parapet and defend myself.
“So far eight cases against me have been dismissed and I expect six further cases to go the same way. They are trying to turn the Thai courts into a three ringed circus.”
|Photoshopped Brian Goudie – centre with sideburns – to his right Drew Noyes with sunglasses on a string
|The dream team – Hanks – a canny lawyer – and Goudie. If they did not go to the court how could
they flee it?