BANGKOK – A British man wanted on suspicion of murdering a former U.S. Marine has arrived in the resort town of Phuket for trial in what Thai police say 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 Sunday 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 Marine during an earlier brawl at a local bar.