British man sent to Thailand on murder charge in first-ever case
BANGKOK (AP) - A British man wanted on suspicion of murdering a former US Marine has arrived in the resort town of Phuket for trial in what Thai police said on Sunday is the first-ever case of extradition of a criminal suspect from Britain to Thailand.
Police Col. Sinard Ajhanwong, commander of Thai Interpol Region 3, said that Britain had formerly declined to send suspects back under a 1911 extradition treaty. Lee Aldhouse, now 29, was arrested when he arrived at Heathrow Airport in London after fleeing Thailand in 2010.
Aldhouse is accused of the stabbing death of Dashawn Longfellow, who was vacationing in Thailand. Police in Thailand said Aldhouse allegedly killed Longfellow, then 23, on Aug 14, 2010, after being beaten by the ex-Marine during an earlier brawl at a Phuket bar.
Aldhouse was a semi-professional kickboxer who had been living for several years in Phuket, while Longfellow was also studying the sport.