Lee Aldhouse flew back from Britain to Phuket without handcuffs and is likely to plead guilty to the murder of Dashawn Longfellow when he appears in Phuket Provincial Court on Monday.
The family of Dashawn Longfellow, the ex Marine he is accused of stabbing to death, updated comments on Facebook as Aldhouse's memorable flight from London progressed.
From the US, they were able to trace the Thai Airways extradition flight from London via an online graphic of the kind that passengers watch on planes.
''Nearly there!'' noted one family friend as the Thai Airways flight approached Thailand, giving Lee Aldhouse a small part in history as the first suspected criminal to be extradited from Britain to Thailand.
The onward domestic flight to Phuket from Bangkok is expected to land on the island about 7pm. Much about Phuket will be familiar to the former Thai kick boxer, who used the name ''Pitbull'' in bouts.
Aldhouse allegedly killed Longfellow, 23, on August 14, 2010, in a fit of rage before fleeing Thailand to fly back to Britain, where he was held on arrival at Heathrow airport on an outstanding weapons charge.
His extradition was approved despite legal argument that incarceration in a Thai jail was a breach of his human rights.
From now on, Aldhouse will have to make a few adjustments. He may have used an American Standard pedestal toilet for the last time in a while.
Toilets in Phuket prison are all of the Asian squat variety. Showers are also basic. Prisoners use a small bowl to splash themselves.
Finding a spot on your own is virtually impossible inside the walls of Phuket Prison, where 1900 inmates currently occuply a jail built more than 100 years ago to house 750.
The dormitories, built to house perhaps 200 prisoners, have just been upgraded with bunk beds.
We have it, strangely enough, direct from a Swedish prisoner also awaiting trial on Phuket for murder that the food is not bad and compares favorably with meals served at the Phuket Provincial Court.
The case against Aldhouse was fully prepared and presented more than once in a succession of British courts as lawyers argued for and against the extradition, so it's expected that his trial for murder will be fast-tracked.