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Dashawn Longfellow, stabbed to death by Lee Aldhouse

Yes, I Did It, Says Lee Aldhouse: Phuket Murder Case of Former US Marine Draws to Close

Wednesday, August 28, 2013
PHUKET: In a dramatic moment in Phuket Provincial Court today, Briton Lee Aldhouse confessed to murdering former US Marine Dashawn Longfellow.

The confession opens the way to a speedy sentence and an end to a long pursuit and trial that has engaged emotions on Phuket and on both sides of the Atlantic.

To heighten the drama, the girlfriends of both men met in the courtroom today and hugged each other.

The judge asked Aldhouse, dressed in Phuket Prison garb and wearing shackles: ''Did you do it? Did you kill Mr Longfellow?''

Aldhouse, reversing his previous not guilty plea, said: ''Yes I did.''

The prosecutor held up a photograph of a knife and asked: ''You killed him with this knife?''

Aldhouse: ''Yes, yes, yes.''

Police and the prosecutor's office have some additional questions for Dashawn Longfellow's girlfriend, who was with him when Aldhouse ambushed and killed the American on August 14, 2010.

Sentencing is likely as early as September 2, with the Prosecutor warning Aldhouse today that even with a guilty plea halving the normal sentence, he will probably face 50 years.

On the night of the killing, Aldhouse and Longfellow fought a fist fight at the Freedom Bar in Rawai, southern Phuket. Aldhouse started the fight, but lost.

Soon after, a security camera filmed Aldhouse grabbing knives from a local 7-Eleven before following Longfellow home and stabbing him to death.

Aldhouse speedily fled Thailand and was arrested days later when he landed at London's Heathrow Airport. A long court battle ensued to have him sent back to Thailand to face justice.

In December, Aldhouse became the first prisoner extradited from Britain to Thailand, even though a treaty between the two countries had been in place for 101 years.

His return to Phuket, escorted by Thai officials, reignited interest in the case, especially among his family and friends in the US.

Anxious for justice, Longfellow's mother Tammy wrote on a memorial Facebook site just days ago:
''My dear son iam so very sorry i cant believe it's been 3yrs that no good scum took u from me dashawn there are so many days i just want to give up so i can just see ur face and to hold u one more time it's so damn hard not being there in court when they say to that trash rot in hell i feel so helpless down here doing nothing i feel like a bad mom bubba i love so damn much iam so mad he took u from me iam so lost without u i love u my dear angle love mom.''

She is expected to be delighted with Aldhouse's change of heart today.

Phuketwan Exclusive Coverage

Footage from inside the 7-Eleven can be viewed at
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvuYakEINGg

CNN coverage with Phuketwan can be viewed at:
http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/08/17/thailand.kickboxing.killer/?hpt=T2#fbid=j8b3WNTelG3&wom=false

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Semper Fidelis Dashawn. Lee confession does not grant you forgiveness.

Posted by Robin on August 28, 2013 12:33

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Finally a bit of justice - lock this guy up and throw the key away - Goodbye Mr Aldhouse - see you in 50 or so

Posted by Ciaran on August 28, 2013 16:39

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lee aldhouse was hormon dependent alcool.....what he do it wrong sure !!! but im sure too ! if died an other person not american ! will not be the same sentense ! american and jude are untouchable !! somethings are strange ! i am sorry for the parents !

Posted by x on August 28, 2013 17:24

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50 years sounds good to me. Now at least the victim's family has some closure.
Any bets Aldhouse spends at least part of his sentence in England

Posted by Arthur on August 28, 2013 18:07

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There is no penalty to fit cases such as these as nothing can compensate for taking the life of another and the grief and loss the family have to live with for the rest of their lives.

Posted by Richard on August 28, 2013 19:06

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If he gets 50 years it will be very surprising. The guy who killed his girlfriend and dumped her in a suitcase only got 10 years. She was Thai though.

Posted by Laz on August 28, 2013 21:31

Editor Comment:

The degree of premeditation probably has a bearing. Fanelli maintained it was an accident - he only stabbed her twice, by accident both times - whereas Aldhouse planned the ambush.

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Best comment ever maybe join for roti tmw

Posted by Michael on August 29, 2013 01:39

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If they let him come back to the UK to serve his sentence, I can`t see any British government making him spend 50 years in jail.
Best if you keep him in Thailand.

Posted by fred. on August 29, 2013 03:46

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Been following this case for sometime, was wondering if this guy has been sentenced as we are well past September 2 and considering th guy has admitted this senseless crime what could be the hold up as guess the family are eagar to put this behind them, RIP Dashawn

Posted by stephen on September 27, 2013 17:22

Editor Comment:

There is some more testimony to come from police then a sentencing session.


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