|Gun toting Andy Mathews - denies violent past and gun play.|
A UK expat from Wolverhampton was released on bail yesterday from Pattaya Provincial Court.
Andrew 'Andy' Mathews was arrested on Friday in Jomtien after a warrant for his arrest was issued on 20th October 2014.
Gun toting Mathews (pictured above) was described in Court as a violent convicted criminal with a fixation for guns, knives and knuckle dusters and using off duty police to threaten and intimidate in the Jomtien area.
Mathews was taken to Court yesterday, and advised that a second warrant in another case had already been issued, and a third was pending.
Mathews is being prosecuted by his ex German business partner, Rolf Haupt, allegedly following a series of threats and hundreds of harassing emails and SMS messages.
There have allegedly been several altercations between Mathews and Haupt where Mathews has confronted Haupt in Jomtien.
Lawyers told the Court there are fears for Haupt's safety and objected to Mathews being released on bail, saying his violent history and the recent threats were sufficient to justify Mathews being remanded in custody.
In granting bail, the Court gave Mathews one last chance and imposed strict conditions that Mathews must not contact Haupt, or any witnesses, and must stop all threats and harassment or he will likely be arrested and remanded in custody.
Mathews has three previous convictions in Thailand in recent years for violent offences, including two convictions assault occasioning actual bodily harm and aggravated criminal trespass in company. Mathews entered a commercial premises with three armed off duty police officers, and was subsequently convicted and sentenced to 19 months in prison (suspended for two years).
Mathews, pictured above with another off duty police officer during some 'gun play', vehemently denies his violent past, his criminal convictions for violent offences, and any association to violence, threats, firearms or police 'friends' being used to threaten third parties.
Mathews has been released on bail of THB 200,000 (GBP 4,000) and warned he must not contact plaintiffs or witnesses, or his bail will be revoked and he will be remanded in custody until trial.
Mathews is expected to be summonsed by police in a new case in which it is alleged he has been sending Plaintiffs and witnesses death threats.