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Brit expat Danny Glass denies Phuket fatal reckless driving charge, seeks donations for legal help

Brit expat Danny Glass denies Phuket fatal reckless driving charge, seeks donations for legal help

PHUKET: British expat Danny Glass has denied the charge of reckless driving causing death for the motorbike accident that killed his long-term partner Sophie Anderson and is calling for donations to help fund his legal defence.

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By Shela Riva

Wednesday 31 May 2017, 08:46AM


Danny Glass, pictured here with Sophie Anderson, is calling for donations to fund lawyers for the undated court case. Photo: YouCaring / Danny Glass

Danny Glass, pictured here with Sophie Anderson, is calling for donations to fund lawyers for the undated court case. Photo: YouCaring / Danny Glass

Mr Glass was formally charged at Thalang Police Station on Saturday (May 27). (See story here.)

Ms Anderson, who was six months pregnant, was riding pillion on a motorbike when she spilled onto Thepkrasattri Rd in Thalang and was crushed by an 18-wheeled truck on May 8, leaving her 5-year-old son Shaye without his mother. (See story here.)

The driver of the truck – Nattawoot Kimchue, 30, from Phang Nga Province – initially fled the scene but later surrendered himself to police. He was also charged with reckless driving by Thalang police on Saturday.

“The police are trying to give me a charge of reckless driving, which I do not agree with whatsoever, because I was driving under the speed limit… I was driving in a straight line. I wasn’t doing anything illegal on the bike. So yeah, it is a wrong accusation that I have refused as of yesterday...” Mr Glass explained on his YouTube channel on Sunday.

“It was an accident. It was not the driver’s fault that he ran her over, it was an accident on his side and on my side. No one is to blame. It was just one of those freak accidents that happen,” Mr Glass said.

To fight the charge, Mr Glass appealed for public support to help fund his legal defence.

“I need to raise funds for legal help and lawyers to fight the case against me over Sophie’s accidental death,” he said in a second video on Sunday. (See video here.)

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“Any amount of money helps,” he said. “Please help me. I really need your help.”

An appeal page has been set up on YouCaring.com with a target of raising £7,000 (more than B300,000) to pay for legal fees.

As of today May 31, the appeal had raised £1,275 (just over B56,000).

Meanwhile, Lt Col Sanit Nookong of the Thalang Police confirmed to The Phuket News yesterday (May 30) that police are still in the process of compiling the case file.

“We have yet to complete the case file before sending it to the Public Prosecutor. Then the Public Prosecutor will decide if it goes to court,” he explained.

“No bail was required. We are holding his (Mr Glass’s) passport and we are confident Mr Glass will keep his word and not run away,” Col Sanit added.

To make a donation to Mr Glass on the YouCaring.com website, click here.

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Pauly44 | 04 June 2017 - 07:25:42

Jor 12; NO IT DOESN'T, Thai police are inherently corrupt from the top down, laws are not enforced nor are they worth the paper they're written on, society is lawless, someone of higher economical or social status can pay their way out of a serious crime in Thailand, they cannot do that in my country, have you ever seen any motorist pulled over for exceeding the speed limit, or even seen a...

Jor12 | 03 June 2017 - 16:18:51

Paully44... "The world knows how Thailand and it's police force operates - of course...it operates same as it does anywhere else in the world. 
"laws are made and broken daily" - of course, that's how us humans are. If we didn't do anything wrong there wouldn't be a need for laws to regulate our behaviour.
"never enforced and incoherent" ... not so accord...

Pauly44 | 03 June 2017 - 11:20:06

Why dream on Eagle? Truth doesn't sit well with you? The world knows how Thailand and it's police force operates, laws are made and broken daily, never enforced and incoherent. Consequences of being unlucky i.e wrong place, wrong time are largely dependant on baht, it seems everyone is saavy with the exception of you & your buddy Jor 12. Tell me what is speeding in Thailand??? I have...

Pauly44 | 02 June 2017 - 18:59:34

Eagle; You are wrong, in the country I am from it doesn't matter how wealthy you are or aren't or you social status, if you do the crime you do the time, that is not the case in Thailand at all.

Jor12 | 02 June 2017 - 18:38:45

Paully44... LOL...reckless with intent? That's a new one. Never heard that one.

In Criminal law recklessness, it is irrelevant whether one planned to do what he/she did ie intent is not required to be proven. 

One is reckless if one is indifferent as to whether a risk eventuates, (speeding; following too close so as not to be able to stop in time) or where they hope and pray any risk wil...

Pauly44 | 02 June 2017 - 12:18:37

Jor 12; there is such a thing as reckless with intent, in this case there was no intent, his beloved partner was the victim and his supposeldy reckless actions may have been a result of someone elses, did you see it with your eyeballs?? Backing out is not illegal unless it causes an accident in the manner in which it is done in Thailand, I have seen cars slow to a stop and double park in the 2nd l...

MartinK | 02 June 2017 - 02:25:11

Jor12, whilst I can agree that justice is blind and the first part of your comment is sensible the remainder is not. The evidence is pretty overwhelming that money does play a role in every step of the process and it is naive to assert otherwise. As Christy Sweet points out anyone who has had dealings with the RTP or court system is well aware. Personally, I was once stopped at a red light and was...

Jor12 | 01 June 2017 - 19:11:16

Paully44... We are talking here about a woman who has been killed and what society expects. 

In this case, some facts are known and it is from those available facts, that it is clear that the rider was reckless. In all cases, in law, the source and culture - as you state - is irrelevant, be it parking, reversing (which, by the way is not illegal as you allege); sun in your eyes; roadworks etc. ...

Kurt | 01 June 2017 - 15:12:01

@ Christy Sweet.  Yes, you are right.
However, Mr Glass and his lady partner were/was here just with holidays.
In his country the law does not work as he experience now here on Phuket.
I am sure the thai way of law it appears to him as a culture shock.
In his own country he never would go through the idiotisme he experience now.

Is it true that in such a case only a thai lawyer is allowed t...

Christy Sweet | 01 June 2017 - 14:02:25

While I understand Mr Glass' dilemma and anguish, he is doing himself no favors by making very public confessions as to his responsibility in the death, and secondly, attempting to fight the charge-also in as public a manner as possible which will only see him draw the ire of the court instead of sympathy. He's heading down a very dark lane in a bad part of town. I'm wondering if he...

Pauly44 | 01 June 2017 - 13:19:41

Joe 12; if you get your head out of the mud the accident looks to have been caused by a chain of events. The problem with Thai driving is the transferring of responsibility, the initial spark will be a driver doing something illegal, double park, back out into oncoming traffic etc, causing the next driver in the chain to take evasive action resulting in the next driver to crash, that is where disc...

Jor12 | 01 June 2017 - 11:23:49

MartinK...You and others are missing the point. Justice is blind. Meaning that one must stand back and look at situations in a dispassionate manner devoid of any hype and emotion. It's an objective assessment not subjective. So, one's feelings or misgivings have no place in such an assessment as to whether charges should or should not be laid. That comes later if the charge is proven at se...

MartinK | 31 May 2017 - 22:44:25

I am afraid that Pauly44 is spot on. Being "just" and legal justice unfortunately are not the same thing. This is true anywhere in the world. I don't think that given the circumstances you could say charging Mr. Glass is "just", though it could be legal justice. Kurt is also correct in bringing up Red Bull Boy or any of the thousands of similar cases world wide where money ...

Jor12 | 31 May 2017 - 22:02:57

Paully44...how can you define a braking motorist to may have been reckless? You need to find out what reckless means in a legal sense. 

A person has been killed, therefore discretion by Police is not possible. It is not a minor shoplifting matter. Where there is sufficient evidence to bring serious charges stemming from the riders recklessness causing death and if you were the relatives of the ...

Kurt | 31 May 2017 - 20:08:00

malczx7r: There are by now 3 different 'law enforcements'.
1: For the rich thai, like that Red Bull Heir boy, moving in and out Thailand now 4.5 year, obstructing thai justice.
Kid recently seen in Monaco, they have property there.
Safe for thai 'justice'.
2: For the poor thai people, who for small law breaking things disappear in less than 4 weeks (!)many years in prison. Gett...

Sam hayman | 31 May 2017 - 19:36:48

The roads in Thailand are extremely dangerous, Even some sand can cause the wheel to lockup causing both people to fall off. 

Thats a accident but it\'s every riders responsibility to avoid accidents and understand how dangerous the roads are.

It\'s reckless if you don\'t avoid all danger so in this case, both the rider and the truck driver have to pay the price. Both are guilty.

Pauly44 | 31 May 2017 - 17:41:11

An accident is an accident, his actions may have been a result of another motorists reckless actions and so on, see it all the time, common sense & discretion needs to be exercised by law enforcement officers depending on any given circumstances, this is something that doesn't happen in Thailand...wrong place, wrong time and being a farang you'll cop the blame, Thai's look after Th...

malczx7r | 31 May 2017 - 16:15:13

The bog unanswered question is does he have a licence to ride a motorbike?? And if now why not charge the rental company for renting out a vehicle to someone not capable of riding a bike. We all know the answer to that!!

Jor12 | 31 May 2017 - 15:31:40

What a bleeding heart and beggar. Donors need to consider that he is reckless, in that he was not travelling at a speed or too close, where he could not stop in safety. If he was doing these things properly, he could have stopped in safety. (Legal definition, not dictionary meaning) 

Also to be considered is that here is no reported evidence of drink or drugs - prescription or otherwise - nor i...

Andy | 31 May 2017 - 14:40:25

He was riding too close to the vehicle in front, applied the front brake too heavily and locked the front wheel so the front wheel slid out from under the bike. Unfortunately the lady was thrown under the truck trailer wheels. This is inexperience, lack of due care or whatever but it was not reckless (English definition.

CaptainJack | 31 May 2017 - 12:03:02

There's no such thing as an "accident" on the roads. Blame can always be assigned somwhere, and usually apportioned across several parties. The question here is if there's any neglegent culpability on the part of Mr Glass, and since he was driving the motorbike the answer, unfortunatley, is almost certainly yes. The roads here are crazy, drivers have little or no respect for safe...

Kurt | 31 May 2017 - 11:52:00

Why was the last 4.5 years never taken passport of that Red Bull Heir Kid?
He was always running away as he just pleased himself and obstructed the thai 'justice'.
We not hear lately about the Red Bull kid.
Very quiet from government side, no 'thinking', no 'believing' either.
Lately he was seen in Monaco/MonteCarlo, he/family have property there.

Back to accident of...

 

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