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Brit expat posts B90k bail on animal cruelty charge

Brit expat posts B90k bail on animal cruelty charge

PHUKET: Mervyn Harding, the Brit expat living in Rawai who was charged with attacking a dog in Nai Harn last week, has been released on B90,000 bail, police have confirmed.

Monday 22 July 2019, 06:08PM


Mervyn Harding, a British expat living in Rawai, has been released on B90,000 bail while waiting for animal cruelty and trespass charges to be heard against him in court. Photo: Chalong Police (blurred at police request)

Mervyn Harding, a British expat living in Rawai, has been released on B90,000 bail while waiting for animal cruelty and trespass charges to be heard against him in court. Photo: Chalong Police (blurred at police request)

 Harding was presented with charges of animal cruelty and trespass in Phuket Provincial Court last Thursday (July 18) after he was caught on CCTV attacking a dog with a metal rod in the early minutes last Tuesday morning (July 16). (See stories here and here.)

 Harding was released just hours after his arrival at the court, The Phuket News confirmed today, despite police assurances that he had been denied bail at police request.

“I insisted that he be denied bail. Now he is being held in the detention cells at the court,” Capt Weerayut Tanyasirisukvorakul of the Chalong Police said last Thursday.

Today, however, Capt Weerayut’s response was simply, “I don’t know what to say. It is the Phuket Provincial Court’s decision.”

Capt Weerayut today said that it will take about a month for Harding’s case to be heard in court.

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“Meanwhile, I am waiting for the Criminal Record Division of Royal Thai Police in Bangkok to confirm whether he has a criminal record in Thailand. This will take about three weeks or a mouth,” Capt Weerayut said.

Asked what would happen if Harding repeated his behaviour, Capt Weerayut said, “It is a criminal charge to hit a dog. The Phuket Provincial Court might not allow him to post bail again.”

Capt Weerayut also said he did not believe Harding was flight risk.

“I am not worried about him fleeing because Phuket Provincial Court is holding his passport and notified Phuket Immigration already. He is not able to travel out of Thailand,” Capt Weerayut said.

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Fascinated | 24 July 2019 - 22:52:47

DKK you are in a particularly viperish mood at the moment. Maybe time for a break.

DeKaaskopp | 23 July 2019 - 19:04:45

Poor Mrs.Sweet. I feel really sorry for you. Wondering what made that woman so angry.Some part of the story missing here ? Anyway,if i had the feeling that my status here is below a dog,i would leave this country immediately.

Christy Sweet | 23 July 2019 - 13:24:58

Meanwhile the Thai woman who trespassed onto my property March 15 and attacked me with a stick, repeatedly - all on video with injuries documented by the hospital, has not even been summoned to the police station.  We "farang"  do not even hold the  status of dogs in Thailand.

DeKaaskopp | 23 July 2019 - 11:05:57

Yes,Mr.Fascinated,should have been 150k bail for someone who repeatedly couldn't control his aggression.

Fascinated | 22 July 2019 - 22:40:30

90k bail for beating a dog mut kill people on the roads and no detention- what a wonderful place.

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