Pattaya Daily News

27 January 2010 :: 10:01:11 am 10837

Controversial Iconic Scotsman Dies In Pattaya

Martin S Frutin [67] a Scottish national and Pattaya resident has died in hospital having suffered from pancreatitis which he was diagnosed with only a few months ago.
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Pattaya, 26th of January 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: Frutin, somewhat of a Pattaya icon having lived in the city for many years, where he owned condo’s, a palatial mansion and was heavily involved in community affairs with the likes of; the Rotary Club, Expats Club and often assisting the Pattaya Police as a translator. Frutin was fluent in several of the Thai dialects as well as up to 10 other languages.

Originally Frutin was a band manager, with the likes of Frankie Miller and the Delljacks under his wing. Allegedly he counted both Tam Paton (Bay City Rollers manager) and Brian Epstein (The Beatles manager) as friends.

Following a moderately successful career in the music industry Frutin began a travel agency in the city of Edinburgh. Realising he had the unique ability to sell holidays he stuck at it and made his millions, allegedly one of the pioneers of the last minute bargain holiday deals. Commuting regularly to Thailand throughout the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s Frutin grew an affinity with the “Land of Smiles” and in particular the city of Pattaya.

Eventually Frutin purchased 2 condo’s in Pattaya and commuted regularly between his native Scotland and his holiday homes in Thailand. Frutin eventually took early retirement from the travel agent lifestyle, selling the business and moving to Thailand with his fortune. Frutin built a palatial 4 storey mansion in Pattaya where he has entertained Bollywood movie stars and various local celebrities over the course of the last 20 years.

Unfortunately, controversy surrounds Frutin’s death, with a leading British newspaper reporting that Frutin was a registered child sex offender in Scotland. It is alleged that in 1995 whilst Frutin was on one of his regular visits to Thailand, Scottish police raided his Edinburgh home finding a disturbing collection of pictures, videos, a magazine and negatives of sexual acts involving minors. Frutin was convicted and fined of these offences however it is also believed that he was a member of a homosexual “magic circle” that was given special treatment by the Scottish authorities in the 1980’s.

Fleeing to Thailand after being released he was again allegedly caught up in child pornography and sexual indiscretions in Pattaya. However once again it was thought that he was given special treatment by the Pattaya police who he acted as an interpreter for on several occasions due to his unique penchant for languages.

Whatever the case, Frutin died recently in a Pattaya Hospital with his Thai family and some relatives that had flown in from Scotland by his side. Another Pattaya publication has reported an obituary stating: “A piece of Pattaya history has left us and all who knew Somsak Martin will greatly miss him.”

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : Community News

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