Are May and Lumsden’s swords mightier than Quill’s pen is?
Boyztown, an enclave for a portion of Pattaya’s gay community, is all aflutter over a scandal involving Gordon May, James Lumsden and their soon to be
former business partner Kevin Quill.
Gordon May and Jim Lumsden own the Ambiance Hotel and the Boyz Boyz Boyz boys a-go-go. The two also co-own Throb and Splash, two other boys a-go-goes with
Kevin Quill. James Lumsden is currently the secretary of the Pattaya Gay Festival.
It all began with Kevin Quill’s arrest last October for trying to smuggle 170 cartons of Benson & Hedges cigarettes out of the country… except he was
nowhere near the airport. And the local police that arrested him somehow found 100 tablets of amphetamines (ya ba) in one of the packets of cigarettes. How the police
came to find that one pack out of the 3,400 packets he had, and why they didn’t bother opening any of the other 3,399 packets remains a mystery.
Kevin Quill was incarcerated for this heinous crime, fined over 600,000 baht for the illegal cigarettes, and denied bail on the drugs charge for fear he
would take flight.
Quill remained locked up in Chonburi prison for a number of months, during which time he had plenty of time to think. Maintaining his relative innocence (he
admitted to the cigarettes but denied knowledge of the drugs), he set out to determine who could have, and would have set him up and why.
James Lumsden, adorned in a
striking light blue, sequined evening gown, as he appeared at a recent fund raising event
The most obvious answer seemed to be that his business partners must have had something to do with it. After all, they seemed to be the ones that would gain
the most if he were to “disappear” from the scene. By his own admission, Quill had parted ways with somewhere in the vicinity of ฃ300,000, through business ventures
with May and Lumsden, an automobile, condominiums, a house and lavish spending. “I think I must have left my brains behind in England,” he was quoted as saying.
Spurred on by the British tabloid press, Quill began his accusations. “Gay MacMafia stripped my assets and dumped me on death row” the sub-head screamed.
Quill allegedly, “Lost ฃ300,000, three homes and his Mercedes after being lured into the sleazy empire of transvestite Jim Lumsden and his partner
Whether or not Quill’s accusations prove to be true, the byproduct of the affair is that skeletons began creeping out of everyone’s closets.
In 1987, Teague Homes Ltd., a property company in Edinburgh, UK, stated in their annual report that, “Mr. G. May had misappropriated ฃ243,438 from
the company fund in collusion with one of the company’s legal advisors…” Gordon May was a director in the company and James Lumsden was the company secretary. Police
later charged May with fraud, but he was acquitted.
“Mr. May was found unanimously not guilty by the jury under direction from the presiding judge, Lord Milligan, Senator of the College of Justice,” Blairs
Solicitors, Gordon May’s UK legal counsel, wrote to the Pattaya Mail. “Because of the allegations… Mr. May successfully sued his accusers… and received a
substantial out of court settlement.”
May and Lumsden also later featured in a report ordered by Sir William Sutherland, at the time the Chief Constable of Lothian and Borders Police, to
investigate allegations that Scottish judges and advocates may have been blackmailed into dropping major criminal cases because of homosexual links.
They made the news again when Scotsman Ian MacDonald, 28, a major investor in ‘Boyz Boyz Boyz’, died in a blaze which was confined to his room in the
Ambiance Hotel in April 1990.
Then in April 1996, Thaveepan Wuthisri, 21, a male a-go-go dancer employed by Lumsden and May at ‘Boyz Boyz Boyz’ was charged with murdering Swede Erik
Bohman, who lived in London and had arrived in Pattaya to invest in property and gay nightclubs. In that case the Pattaya police said Wuthisri had been commissioned by foreign
businessmen, but he described them as Danes and Germans.
Sergeant Major Vinai Yuyadmaak, a local “street cop” who “drinks 5 nights a week in Boyz Boyz Boyz,” also features in the saga. Quill claims he paid
out ฃ3,500 to Vinai, “to take care of all future problems with police”.
Quill also says he gave Vinai, “ฃ500 for the funeral of his wife, cash for a mobile phone and a gold Rolex,” and that Vinai had approached him for
“an interest free loan of ฃ15,000 to buy a house”.
Quill said, “There came a time when I stopped paying,” and that, “It was then that the relationship with Lumsden, May and the local police soured.”
In an exclusive for Pattaya Mail, Gordon May, who may have left just a tad early on his annual pilgrimage from Pattaya to Canada, and James Lumsden
responded to some of the accusations, and bandied about a few of their own.
“Kevin’s relationship with us only ‘soured’ after his arrest and we were unable to secure bail for him,” Gordon May told Pattaya Mail. And,
“There is no Gay MacMafia; this is a figment of a sick man’s imagination.”
May also denied stripping Quill’s assets. “Kevin has never lost anything regarding his three homes, one house and two condos. The two condos are in
Kevin’s own name and to my knowledge still are. The house is in his own company called the Sipsari Co and I don’t have any authority over that company. None of Kevin’s
assets were touched; this can be confirmed by his and our lawyers. Kevin has also received his share of the profits from the company on a monthly basis as normal.”
As for the Mercedes, Gordon said, “It was at Kevin’s request that the vehicle was put into Jim’s name as Kevin could not get financing for it and he
did not want to pay cash.”
Lumsden says the paperwork is now complete and the car has been handed over to Quill.
Quill says that he asked May to provide him with the cigarettes, and that May delivered 170 cartons to his apartment shortly before he (Quill) left for the
airport. May denies this as well. “I was asked but never provided a cache of cigarettes for Kevin. He and he alone bought, had them delivered and took them to his room
himself. I never at any time handled these cigarettes and they were not delivered shortly before Kevin’s departure, they were delivered and were in his room a week prior to
Regarding their “checkered past”, May replied, “We did not leave a checkered past behind us when we left Edinburgh… There was a report that was in
fact ordered by Prime Minister John Majors after wildly exaggerated tabloid newspaper reports (were published) concerning 12 gay cases, all of which failed when they reached
court. The enquiry, which was conducted by Lord Nimmo Smith, concluded there was no blackmailing and no gay conspiracy… This report is a matter of public record in
Scotland… neither Jim’s nor my name is mentioned anywhere in the report.”
May and Lumsden told Pattaya Mail that it is Quill who has the checkered past. “Kevin frequently boasted that the UK police tried to charge him at
one time with attempted murder. The charge was never laid… When Kevin left the UK he re-mortgaged his house and took out several loans for between 7 and 10 thousand (pounds)
each, then came to Thailand with about 20 UK credit cards, purposely ran them all up to the limit and then, having no intention of paying anything… instructed his lawyers in
the UK to declare him bankrupt… and it is understood that there is an ongoing fraud investigation into this at the moment. The total amount defrauded from these companies is
in the region of 300,000 pounds sterling; strange that’s about the total amount of money he has claimed to have invested in Thailand.”
There is also the matter of May and Lumsden having removed Quill as director of their joint company. May told Pattaya Mail that Quill was removed as
director because of his arrest, and that it was “bad for their image”. He also said that Quill knew about this and accepted it. May went on to say that Quill has not been
reinstated as director due to the current legal proceedings, but he reiterated that Quill is still 50% owner of the company and that he is still receiving monthly profits as
May also told Pattaya Mail that he has offered to buy out Quill for 7 million baht (about ฃ107,700), that the contract is ready and all Quill
needs to do is show up and sign the documents and the money is his.
Just before going to press, Pattaya Mail learned that James Lumsden has begun proceedings to sue Kevin Quill for slander (a civil suit) and filing a
false police report (a criminal offence) against him (Lumsden). The police report Quill filed against Lumsden, which resulted in Lumsden being brought in by police for
questioning, accused Lumsden of stealing from Quill, destroying company documents, and embezzling, charges Lumsden denies.
Quill told police that upon his release from jail, he went to the Ambiance Hotel to retrieve his belongings (a mobile phone and computer discs containing
company records), but that “Jim wouldn’t give them back… he had destroyed them”. He also reported to police that Lumsden had stolen 600,000 baht from him.
After bringing in Lumsden for questioning, police concluded that it was a “business conflict”, and then asked Quill to bring in witnesses to collaborate
his claims. They said that once Quill brought in proof, police would bring Lumsden in again, something that as of press time had not yet happened.
Lumsden’s lawyer told Pattaya Mail that Kevin Quill has broken the penal code, section 172, section 174 paragraph 2, and sections 90 and 91, which
now makes this a criminal case against Kevin Quill.
The preliminary hearing is set for August 2.