News

Thai wife fronts court over elderly husband assault

Somdee Muedthpthan, 44, also known as 'Sophie Brown' appeared at Tweed Local Court today.
Somdee Muedthpthan, 44, also known as 'Sophie Brown' appeared at Tweed Local Court today. SCOTT POWICK

A THAI national accused of threatening to stab her elderly husband while he slept at their Tweed Heads home, has had her case adjourned so police can locate her "vulnerable" victim, 37 years her senior.

Somdee Muedthpthan, 44, also known as 'Sophie Brown', appeared at Tweed Heads Local Court yesterday accompanied by a translator, for a hearing before Magistrate Michael Dakin who adjourned the matter to give Tweed police extra time to locate 81-year-old retiree Fredrick Brown.

Court documents show Muedthpthan had been married to Mr Brown for three months, when earlier this year she allegedly stalked and intimidated, and then assaulted Mr Brown on May 2, 2016, at about 8.30pm.

Police alleged the woman then again stalked and intimidated and assaulted Mr Brown at their Tweed Heads home at about 10.15pm on May 25.

An Apprehended Violence Order to protect Mr Brown from contact with Muedthpthan, along with bail conditions stipulating she could not drink alcohol, was approved at Tweed Local Court on June 20.

Police allege Muedthpthan then breached the AVO when she assaulted Mr Brown, causing actual bodily harm, at about 10pm on June 24 before arresting her two days later.

Muedthpthan was given conditional bail to appear yesterday and a subpoena was served on Mr Brown to appear but he did not front court to support the police claims.

Tweed-Byron LAC police were unable to reach Mr Brown by mobile and he has vacated the Tweed Heads home he shared with his wife since being served notice to appear.

Magistrate Dakin said although Muedthpthan should have her matters finalised quickly due to Mr Brown's advanced age, he "should be considered as vulnerable" and misadventure from illness could not be excluded as a reason for his failure to front court.

"If the facts were to be established to the criminal standard, (the matter) involves quite serious criminal offending, involving physical violence, the threat of physical violence, including threats to stab the victim while he slept," Magistrate Dakin said.

"On balance (the matter) should be adjourned for more enquiries to be made by police to locate Mr Brown."

Muedthpthan and her criminal defence lawyer Ian McKay declined to comment as they left the courtroom but court documents stated she strongly denied her guilt on all of the charges.

 

Somdee Muedthpthan, 44, also known as 'Sophie Brown' appeared at Tweed Local Court on Tuesday (Sep.
Somdee Muedthpthan, 44, also known as 'Sophie Brown' appeared at Tweed Local Court on Tuesday (Sep. SCOTT POWICK

Topics:  editors picks, tweed byron lac command, tweed heads local court



Axe-wielding man jailed for threatening family in their home

Ipswich Police Station and Courthouse. Photo: David Nielsen / The Queensland Times

Court heard 26-year-old entered the Peak Crossing home with an axe

Jets to sign 18-year-old Matty Bowen clone

JETS BOUND: Matthew Gibuma (with ball) , discovered at the Murri Carnival, has been described as a Matthew Bowen clone the Jets will bring to the club next year.

Matthew Gibuma discovered at the Murri Carnival

Teen's job keeps her out of trouble, court hears

court generic

Woman fined for shouting 'white trash' during street altercation

Local Partners

Our funny bachelor bows out

The Bachelorette contestant Aaron Brady from Golden Beach. Supplied by Channel 10.

COAST marketing executive eliminated from The Bachelorette.

Homer Simpson thanks Australia during Opera House visit

Homer Simpson visits the Sydney Opera House.

ANIMATION favourite gets attacked by seagulls in viral video.

Channel 9 orders second season of Doctor Doctor

Rodger Corser stars in the TV series Doctor Doctor.

RURAL medical drama finds a loyal following.

Katy Perry gets naked to encourage people to vote

Katy Perry in Funny Or Die sketch

Katy Perry has stripped naked for a comedy video

Jogging Tom Hanks crashes wedding in Central Park

Tom Hanks stopped for a selfie with this bride and groom

$40million hotel, shops development project for Mackay

Mt Pleasant hotel and retirement accommodation, proposed at 194-202 Malcomson St.

$40m development to take Mackay to 'the next level'

Housing report points to a lift in local market

AFFORDABLE HOMES: First home buyers have the opportunity to purchase modern new homes in the Ipswich region for under $400,000.

Region shaping up as the "final frontier” for affordable housing

Five ways to slash household bills and save the environment

THINK GREEN: Considering the environment when building or buying your next home can save you big dollars. The Village Building Company, who is responsible for Woodlinks Village at Collingwood Park, builds homes with this front of mind.

THERE is nothing as sweet as slashing dollars from your bills.

Investors out-bid first-home buyers in booming market

Housing generic.

Ipswich's housing market is putting more cash into sellers’ pockets

Another Ripley development

THE ENTRANCE: An overview of the last planned development for the fast growing Ripley area.

85 more home lots released

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.