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Phuket's VIP - Very Important Prisoner - arrives on the island tonight

UPDATE Wanted and Welcome: Phuket Greets Very Important Prisoner Lee Aldhouse

Saturday, December 1, 2012

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.

Original Report

PHUKET: Lee Aldhouse, wanted for murder on Phuket, reached Bangkok late today on his way back to the popular Thai holiday island to stand trial for murder.

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.

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Let's see if Thai justice is level with Murder when the German stabbed his Thai girlfriend 17 times to Death and got 9 years lets see what sentence they pass on for falang on falang.

Posted by willam Dale on December 1, 2012 19:33

Editor Comment:

Every case is different, william.


So he should have arrived by now has he or is this story made up as it isnt in any of the British press, surely someone getting extradited to Thailand would make national news.

Posted by tonyh1978 on December 1, 2012 19:48

Editor Comment:

With Jimmy Savile and Cyril Smith? No need for worrying about anything else.


I wonder if all those who said "No, it'll never happen" will now admit they were wrong?

Posted by Buster on December 1, 2012 20:09


Good New !! Welcome to Phuket Please feel home !! cheers

Posted by ratatoee on December 1, 2012 21:08


Whilst I'm glad that Aldhouse is coming back for trial I personally am not sure if it is best to publish the comments of family members, although I appreciate their emotions. The bias of the article above ie specifically about the ablutions is pretty irrelevant to be honest as most of us are aware about the conditions in Thai prisons If found guilty I am more than happy he faces the full impact of justice but I'm sure that 'getting off on your own ' is not an issue as there is probably always a helping hand!

Posted by Mister Ree on December 1, 2012 22:18


@Mister Ree
''most of us are aware about the conditions in Thai prisons''.
I would have thought that ''most of us'' have no idea. By all means speak for yourself but leave the law abiding people out of it.

Posted by Pete on December 2, 2012 06:47



Posted by Colin Bloe on December 2, 2012 07:43


There is no such thing as an ex-Marine. Former Marine would be appropriate.

Posted by larry on December 2, 2012 09:27


karma is working for him too. I hope he will learn.

Posted by Olly on December 2, 2012 09:48


It should be 'Britain to Thailand'.

Posted by Anonymous on December 2, 2012 10:21

Editor Comment:

Yes! Thanks.


Lets hope the Thai authorities give him the harshest sentence possible. He broke my brother's jaw in a very nasty unprovoked attack using a knuckle duster a few years before. Good riddance to you Lee I hope you rot in Hell!!!!

Posted by Danni on December 2, 2012 16:46

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