A British man wanted on suspicion of murdering a former US Marine has arrived in the resort town of Phuket for trial in what police said on Sunday is the first-ever case of extradition of a criminal suspect from Britain to Thailand.
Pol Col Sinard Ajhanwong, commander of Thai Interpol Region 3, said 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, a one-time muay Thai fighter, is accused of the stabbing death of Dashawn Longfellow, who was vacationing in Thailand. Police said Mr 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.
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