MAN CONVICTED OF VICIOUS ASSAULT ON ENGLISH SCHOOL-TEACHER HAS JOINS PATTAYA'S CONTROVERSIAL GAME OF OPTIONS.
Pick One! Does he
(a) Do the time, pay out a 6.2 million fine, and then pay for his own deportation?
(b) pay bail and go where he wants?
Sean Tinsley, the dodgy visa agent convicted of assaulting the Head of English at an International School in Pattaya, on Thailand’s eastern seaboard, has been busy packing his belongings while on bail appealing to the Supreme Court. Tinsley was found guilty at the Appeal Court of assault, jailed for six years and ordered to pay 6.2 million baht - £114,000. He had earlier been acquitted of attempted murder.
The victim Adam Pickles, 43, head of English at the International School of the Regents, was put in a coma for years after the attack in 2012.
Today, says his mother Adele, he can still only sometimes move his fingers and toes and open his eyes and continues to receive round the clock care.
Tinsley’s dodgy visa deals were exposed on this site.
It is believed he attacked Pickles after Pickles, from Leeds, scraped Tinsley's car while parking.
Originally from Wolverhampton, Tinsley has had his motor-cycle, car and home up for sale in Pattaya. This is at a time when the market is very depressed.
Can it be that he is raising cash to pay that fine? Not likely. That is not due until the Supreme Court rules – and that could be a while.
No, that sounds like he does not believe he is innocent or at least he does not believe the Supreme Court will find in his favour.
So expect a runner on this one. The Pattaya Court is understood to have set bail at over 1 million baht which is a tidy sum which the court gets to keep if he runs. In the Appeal Court judgment the family gets compensation.
The court has already had to issue warrants of arrest for Brian Goudie and Drew Noyes, who historically, are well known runners, and of course well known to readers of this site.
But then of course Pattaya is mafia central and Tinsley has a long history co-operating with the authorities especially at the Immigration Department and has avoided serious penalties in the past.
The Adam Pickles Fundraising page on Facebook seems to be keeping up to date with Tinsley’s activities.
COMMENT: I was having an argument with a Thai friend about bail in Thailand last night. Her view was of course that everyone was entitled to bail and foreigners should be no different, the suggestion being that Thailand values people's liberty.. The fact is that actually this is not true, Foreigners are frequently denied bail because of a flight risk. And of course they should be given bail in all ridiculous Computer Crime libel cases, which are merely personal vendettas. Foreigners are also frequently as we have discovered, put in jail without even seeing a judge - in Pattaya especially. But there must be obvious occasions where bail should not be given. Problem here it seems is - its all about the money.