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Wanted British pedophile Hugh Glass with Phuket Immigration police

Phuket Police Arrest Brit over Alleged Child Abuse on Phuket and in Europe

Friday, April 12, 2013
PHUKET: Immigration police on Phuket have arrested a British man accused of molesting the children of tourists and wanted for similar offences in Britain.

Hugh Glass, 57, was apprehended at Phuket's Sea Pearl Villas in Patong yesterday after an approach from the Serious Organised Crime Agency.

SOCA officer Jonathan King contacted Phuket Immigration on April 4 and told them he believed Glass, named in an international arrest warrant, was on Phuket.

According to Immigration records, Glass arrived on Phuket this visit on February 18.

He has in the past worked for hotels and resorts and is alleged to have abused one New Zealand child and two young Australian boys since arriving in Thailand in mid-2011.

He is also wanted in Britain for several convictions for sexual abuse of children. Glass had been sentenced in his absence to a total of 20 years in jail.

His record in Britain dates back to 1972, when he served 15 months for child abuse. Other crimes were alleged to have been committed in 1982, 1989, 1990 and 2001.

A court in Malta found him not guilty of one offence but he was accused in Malta again in 2006 and fled in 2010 after serving his sentence.

Extradition proceedings are likely to take place quickly, as they have done with previous arrests on Phuket involving international suspects.

It's understood charges will not be pressed for the alleged offences in Thailand.


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I wonder if he is a relative of Hugh Garse? Probably not but I seem to remember Bart Simpson asking MO the barman if he was in the bar.

Posted by Anonymous on April 12, 2013 10:59


"Glass had been sentenced in his absence to a total of 20 years in jail" - "It's understood charges will not be pressed for the alleged offences in Thailand" Surely he should be tried for the offences in Thailand to send the signals to other child abusers it will not be tolerated in Thailand. If found guilty he serves his time here then is deported to the country where he has been convicted, or am I missing a legal point here, or is this a foreigner on foreigner crime so Thailand does not want to spend the money. I have seen that view in the press for other foreigner on foreigner crimes.

Posted by How Much Can You Pay on April 12, 2013 11:16

Editor Comment:

The usual procedure would be as you suggest: a trial for alleged crimes in Thailand. It may be, though, that as he has been sentenced for crimes already in Britain and is not going back to face a trial, the outstanding sentences take precedence. That seems equally logical.


I am so shocked. I worked with this guy in 2011/12 in Phuket when he was brought in by a company that we had a partnership with. Thought he was a bit odd but never thought he was a bad person. Goes to show. Guess the company that he was working for and still did up until yesterday, who I shall not name, do not do the best background checks on their staff. But then again, time share is like that.

Posted by Shocked on April 12, 2013 12:57

Editor Comment:

If what you say is true, it really is time the Phuket authorities cleaned up the timeshare touts. Put them off Phuket's streets, please, for good.


Interesting that the SOCA officer was called Jonathan King. Another Jonathon King, a UK DJ, was convicted and sentenced to seven years in prison in 2001 for sexual assault on minors. Ironic!

Posted by Mister Ree on April 12, 2013 13:11


There is no such branch of the UK Police named the Serious Organised Crime Agency. Indeed, there is no branch of the UK Police that is termed 'Agency'.

UK courts do not sentence people 'in absentia'.

I can find no mention in any of the UK media of his arrest and pending extradition, indeed I can find no history of him and any convictions pending sentences.

It would be terrible for this individual if these allegations to be proved false.

Posted by Phil on April 12, 2013 18:21

Editor Comment:

It certainly would be terrible, Phil. But best do your research. The British media will catch up soon enough, as they often do with stories that break in Thailand.

Most of what you claim seems to be long out of date. If you look, you will find:

Serious Organised Crime Agency: SOCA

The Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) is a non-departmental public body of the Government of the United Kingdom under Home Office sponsorship. SOCA is a national law enforcement agency, established as a body corporate under Section 1 of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005, which operates within the United Kingdom and collaborates (through its network of international offices) with many foreign law enforcement and intelligence agencies.
The Agency was formed on 1 April 2006 following a merger of the National Crime Squad, the National Criminal Intelligence Service (elements of which were incorporated into AVCIS), the National Hi-Tech Crime Unit (NHTCU), the investigative and intelligence sections of HM Revenue & Customs on serious drug trafficking, and the Immigration Service's responsibilities for organised immigration crime. The Assets Recovery Agency became part of SOCA in 2008, while the Serious Fraud Office remains a separate agency.
SOCA Officers can be designated the powers of a constable, customs officer or immigration officer and/or any combination of these three sets of powers. The Director General of SOCA (or his designate) is responsible for determining which powers are given to members of staff which can be altered depending on the nature of the investigation.[1] Those police powers requiring a constable to be in uniform cannot be exercised by SOCA Officers as the agency is non-uniformed.
SOCA operates with greater powers in England and Wales than in Scotland and Northern Ireland and as such works with the Specialist Crime Division of Police Scotland and the Organised Crime Task Force (Northern Ireland), which share some of its functions in their respective jurisdictions.
In June 2011, the coalition government announced that SOCA's operations will be merged into a larger National Crime Agency, to launch on 1 October 2013,[2] which will be carried out by virtue of the Crime and Courts Bill.[3]



Posted by Phil on April 12, 2013 19:20

Editor Comment:

Constant criticism is something we won't put up with, Phil. We do nothing to deserve it. You have plenty of choices for information. If you don't believe what we report - usually hours or days ahead of the rest - don't bother returning to Phuketwan. Simple, eh?


@paul there has been plenty of people sentenced to between 10 years and life in there absence for crimes in uk,theres a couple london armed robbers hiding out in spain after being sentenced to more than 12 years....also there is a SOCA in uk just google it they tackle class A drugs, people smuggling and human trafficking and money laundering..bring him back to uk and put him in general population not on protection with the other nonces...

Posted by Darren walker on April 12, 2013 19:39


Good work by the Thai and Brit agencies. Plenty more out there waiting to be caught though.

Posted by spud67 on April 12, 2013 20:18



Posted by Phil on April 12, 2013 22:03

Editor Comment:

Take it or leave it, Phil. We don't get your financial support so why should you make demands about what we do and how we do it? You're one of 7700 daily readers. Most of them don't waste our time, or theirs. If you're happy without Phuketwan, we're equally happy without you.


In the uk it soco part of the police in the uk, lots of people are convicted with court presence from small crimes up till murder charges and rape that is why there is global forces that deal with these people this guy was wanted in many countries and he just hoped the working in thailand for a hotel company like absolute he would never be found just proves the Thai police are not as backwards as people like to think they are I hope this goes all the way through the system so people like him can't think that they can do want they want well done thailand

Posted by Abc on April 12, 2013 22:11

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