Mr Browning’s arrival came at the public request of the police, as he was wanted for questioning over the incident.
Capt Chianchai Duangsuwan confirmed to the Phuket Gazette that at no time had an arrest warrant been issued for Mr Browning as “it was not a serious case”.
Hoping to resolve the dispute without involving further legal action, police called Mr Menzies and his wife to come to the police station to talk with Mr Browning.
In order to avoid any further confrontation between the two, Chalong Police recommended that Mr Browning leave the police station while his lawyer negotiated with Mr Menzies.
Mr Browning’s lawyer offered to settle through payment of 15,000 baht.
The offer was rejected, as Mr Menzies claimed the damages to his bar cost at least 200,000 baht.
That’s nearly 6500 bucks US, a number that seems somewhat high unless Menzies and his bar buddies smashed their entire stock of beer glasses over Junie’s head, a possibility considering the damage to Junie’s skull. If the two sides can’t sort out a solution to the dispute the whole thing will go to court and the loser risks prison time in what I have to assume are Thailand’s wonderful and scenic penitentiaries.
At this point I’d advise Junie to pay up and ship out. For the amount of money that psycho bastard Menzies can gain by winning, he can easily pay out for several dozen witnesses who’ll back up his version of the story. These kinds of extortion things happen all the time in Thailand for a reason: they work.