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Lee Alhouse, posing as an American, in an earlier visit to Phuket police

Phuket Murder: Aldhouse Set to be Extradited

Tuesday, November 20, 2012
PHUKET: Lee Aldhouse, wanted on Phuket over the murder of former US Marine Dashawn Longfellow, is to be extradited from Britain to face trial, say British officials.

The appeal by Mr Aldhouse to Britain's High Court has been dismissed and will not be continued to the Supreme Court, according to a statement from the Home Office in Britain.

Mr Aldhouse, now 30, will become the first Briton extradited to Thailand to face a criminal charge - and officials who have been working for his extradition in Thailand and on Phuket will be delighted.

The family of Dashawn Longfellow in the US has been waiting and hoping since Aldhouse was arrested to hear of his extradition.

Today Mr Longfellow's aunt described the news as a ''victory for international justice.''

Phuketwan was trying to contact Bangkok officials today to learn when Mr Aldhouse would be reappearing in Thailand and what arrangements have been made for his trial.

At the time Mr Longfellow was ambushed and stabbed to death on August 14, 2010, at his apartment in Rawai, police pursued Aldhouse, who had been in a fist fight he started but lost to Longfellow earlier in the night.

But Aldhouse escaped Phuket and travelled overland to Cambodia, then caught a flight from Singapore to Heathrow in London, where he was held on an outstanding weapons charge.

Dramatic security camera footage taken in a 7-Eleven store on Phuket near the Freedom Bar, where the pair had argued and fought, showed a man who looked like Lee Aldhouse scoop up two knives and leave in a hurry.

If Mr Aldhouse, from near Birmingham, is found guilty and sentenced to 15 years or less, he will be housed in Phuket Prison, where the number of inmates recently rose above 2000 in a facility built for 800.

CNN Report With Phuketwan

http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/08/17/thailand.kickboxing.killer/?hpt=T2#fbid=j8b3WNTelG3&wom=false/

The 7-Eleven Video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvuYakEINGg/

DASHAWN Longfellow's mother, Tamee, speaking from the US, said today: ''It's an emotional day for me. Every day is an emotional day.

''I am going to do my best to see if I can get some help to go to Thailand for the trial. I want to be there. I have to be there.''

Mrs Longfellow could not continue the conversation. The family and friends have conducted a long Facebook campaign to push for Aldhouse's extradition. This year their campaign included a petition to the British High Court.

Mrs Longfellow's sister, Bobbette Anderson, told Phuketwan from the family's hometown of Norman, Oklahoma : ''We are awaiting confirmation of the news from the US embassy in London. We're thrilled to hear it. We want to make sure that it's real.

''This is a major victory for international justice. I hope we can make it to Thailand for the trial.''

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Good News, a small comfort for his family. I hope Mr. lee Aldhouse will get what he deserves. A long long horrible jailtime. Let this be an example for all trained and skilled fighters to fight ONLY during training sessions and official fights. Not at all outside the ring. Follow the news what former K1 world champion Badr Hari did wrong in the Netherlands.

Posted by PhuketGreed on November 20, 2012 10:20

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Justice and Quick Trial in Phuket ! that's Great news .....

Posted by ratatooe on November 20, 2012 10:29

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Excellent news, let's hope that finally justice can be served.

Posted by stevenl on November 20, 2012 11:02

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I look forward to Mr Aldhouse having his day in court. Whatever the outcome it's up to the judiciary to decide his fate, not armchair experts.

Posted by Mister Ree on November 20, 2012 11:49

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I am personally surprised to see this happening, and from what I read about the case and accused, I have to say I am happy about it. Aldhouse seems a rather bad apple, and now he will be put in an equally bad barrel. Well done British Judiciary for taking this bold step.

Posted by Geoff on November 20, 2012 11:57

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We will see what the Thai justice have for this guy. Others have come off very very cheap with murder. This so called fighter must be put away for a long long time for the justification of the so called muay thai fighters coming to thailand for one hour in the gym and 23 hours in the bars screaming and roaring.

Posted by One Expat 12 years on November 20, 2012 15:11

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Let's hope he gets a fair trial followed by a fairly long spell in prison.

Posted by Buster on November 20, 2012 16:07

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Best news i have read all year. I hope he gets what he deserves in a Thai prison.

Posted by sateeb on November 21, 2012 02:19

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He won't be here by Christmas. European Courts of Human Rights will be next.

Posted by Danny on November 21, 2012 06:08


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