Pattaya Provincial Court today ordered the arrest of a Jomtien real estate agent after a short hearing.
In a case brought by Rolf Haupt, a real estate investor based in Hong Kong, the Court ordered Andrew 'Andy' Mathews to be arrested and brought before the Court to answer allegations that Mathews has issued various threats against Haupt.
Mathews will in mid November face Court again in a further case brought by Haupt's company and a further case filed by a female employee of the company.
It is also alleged Mathews has sent hundreds of written threats and defamatory statements by email and SMS message to a number of other people.
At a recent preliminary hearing, the Court heard witness evidence and was satisfied a prima facie case exists for Mathews to face trial, and had summonsed Mathews to answer the indictment.
It is alleged in Court documents that Mathews has for at least a year been threatening a number of individuals, as well as sending hundreds of harassing emails.
After failing to appear, Mathews is now expected to face an extremely tough bail hearing, since he has already been convicted three times in recent years in Thailand for violent offences, most recently for assault and aggravated criminal trespass, and has at least two current pending suspended terms of imprisonment totalling 26 months jail in total.
Mathews has three new pending cases, and the arrest warrant issued today covers only the first case, a second summons has been issued for Mathews to appear on November 19th.
Lawyers are now expected to vigorously oppose bail in all cases against Mathews, citing a number of written threats made by Mathews not only to Haupt, but also allegedly to witnesses in the case.
Mathews has now failed to turn up at Court twice in the past two months.