Saturday 11 October 2014

Pattaya, 12th October 2014

A UK expat working as a real estate agent in Jomtien near Pattaya will next week face Court in a case filed by his previous employer.

Andrew Mathews, formerly of Wolverhampton, will face Court on 20th October for allegedly threatening Rolf Haupt, a real estate investor based in Hong Kong. At a recent preliminary hearing, the Court heard evidence and was satisfied a prima facie case exists for Mathews to face trial, and has 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.

Mathews is expected to face a 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 suspended terms of imprisonment pending totalling 26 months jail in total.

Mathews now has three new pending cases, and lawyers are expected to vigorously oppose bail citing a number of written threats made by Mathews not only to Haupt, but also allegedly to witnesses.

Mathews has now failed to turn up at Court twice in the past two months, and in the event he does not appear on October 20th, it is almost certain an arrest warrant will be issued.

Even if Mathews posts bail on October 20th, he faces another bail hearing in a separate case on November 19th.

Mathews was sentenced to 19 months jail in 2012 for threatening Brian Goudie, and ironically a journalist that took up Mathews cause, Andrew Drummond, is now himself on bail and facing criminal charges filed by Goudie.


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