Hells Angels: Founding member of Thai chapter bashed as Australian bikies take over 'dark business'

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"Sin" smiles a lot for a man who — until recently — was the Hells Angels enforcer in Thailand.

Key points:

  • Former Thai Hells Angel Thaksin "Sin" Monthonthaksin says he was bashed by three Australian bikies
  • He says Australians are moving the club into illegal activity
  • Thai drug cops say they are monitoring the Angels as a "well-known crime group"


Thaksin "Sin" Monthonthaksin was one of the founders of the outlaw motorcycle club's Pattaya branch a year ago.

But now he is worried about the direction it is taking.

"It's changed so much because there are many Australians, whose roles and power has been increasing," Mr Thaksin told the ABC.

Charity rides and oversized cheques are being replaced with what he describes as "dark business".

This struggle for power within the club came to a violent climax earlier this month.

Nobody denies there was a fight on March 7, 2017; one that left Mr Thaksin with seven stitches and a left eye swollen shut.

But there are two quite different versions of what caused the clash and whether it adhered to the Angels' code of "fight club" ethics.

According to Sin, he wanted to introduce a new prospective Thai member to the Pattaya branch.

As the club's sergeant-at-arms, he thought he had that right, but says the move was blocked by Australian members.


Then things got nasty…

Expletive-strewn messages were sent, and in an insult considered profoundly offensive in Thai culture, Mr Thaksin sent a photo of his foot, singling out Australian Glen Norris, saying "For you bro".

A fellow Thai member and relative convinced Mr Thaksin to go to the clubhouse — a bar called Angels Place — and talk things over.

"I trusted my relative, but when I got there they beat me right away … without saying a word," Mr Thaksin told the ABC.

He says three Australians — Glen Norris, Dan Stalley and Matthew "Tab" Robinson— all joined the assault, breaking the code of one-on-one fights only.

The Hells Angels version came to the ABC via an emailed statement on behalf of "Thai members of the club who wish to remain anonymous".


"Both Thai and foreign members unanimously voted the now ex-sergeant-at-arms out of the club following numerous infractions of the rules — a decision the biker wasn't willing to accept," the statement said.

It said the fight was caused by Mr Thaksin's threatening behaviour.

"After the ex-sergeant-at-arms was voted out he arrived at a members' meeting carrying a baseball bat making threats to those attending and calling out several Australian members of the chapter."

This led to the fight at the clubhouse with "an Australian member who lives in Bangkok" named Glen Norris.

"The fight was a one-on-one, fists only and witnessed by over 20 both Thai and foreign people, who saw the ex-sergeant-at-arms take a fair beating and felt the matter was now closed," the statement said.

Mr Thaksin has filed a complaint to police, something the club says goes against much of what the Hells Angels stand for.

"We are waiting for a medical report from a doctor, so we can charge Glen," Inspector Theetat Truchan of the Nong Preu police said.

The ABC understands Angels Place has at least 10 security cameras installed but bar staff told police they were out of order on the day of the assault.

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