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Deano Bryant, the manager of the Premier Bar in Bangrak was arrested last night by the tourist police. Bar owner John Martucci followed the police car to the station. In a video on his Facebook page Martuccis says “Ok, we go police station! We are going police station, with tourist police, not sure what is going on people, but Deano, Deano’s under the kosh, he is in handcuffs, he is in the car in front, two of my girls are with me and we are going to find out what is going on, not sure, hang on, let’s have a look, lots of red lights and stuff. I don’t know, maybe I never see you again! “
On Feb 10th Mr Martucci posted this message “Just had the boys in brown in – absolutely no alcohol from midnight tonight until midnight tomorrow – but Premier Sports Bar will be open from 9pm beer after 11.59pm”.
Prior to the arrest Martucci posted a video showing the tourist police enter his bar in which he says “ OK Liverpool have just scored, they have gone one nil up, we are at Premier Sports Bar, tourist police come strolling in, blues and twos giving it all the lines, there you go, this is the car, so they have turned up telling me I am not allowed to sell beer after twelve o clock, when the police came in yesterday and said we can sell beer after twelve o clock, so we are going live, it’s all happening at Premier Sports Bar, and now we have got the police here, tourist police mind you, not the real police, Liverpool have gone one nil up as I said, it’s all going on, they want me to go to the police station it aint happening I’ve got my passport, I’ve got my fu**ing work permit, he wants me to go to the police station, I told him to naff off. Shall we go and ask the policeman what is going on, live? On Facebook, let’s go and ask him, he can’t delete this can he, so…….” He then walks behind his bar down to where the policeman is standing and says “hello, what is going on, we finish yet or not? “ the police then speak in Thai to the barmaid telling her Martucci must go to the police station, he says “no, I am not going to the police station I do nothing wrong” however, shortly after this video the second video of him driving to the police station is posted.
Later Martucci posts “OK folks, I’m out of jail 41.000 baht lighter, 12 hours in the VIP suite at Chaweng police station then a nice chill at koh Samui provincial courts, court fine 1000 baht (£22) police T money 40.000 (£950)
After our article was published Deano Bryant told the Samui Times he went voluntarily to the police station and was not in handcuffs as Martucci said on his Facebook video clip. He also said he wanted to make it clear that the court case was with regards to alcohol being served after midnight and had nothing to do with the Buddha day.