PHUKET: Fugitive murder suspect Lee Aldhouse has been detained by airport authorities while trying to enter the UK, the Gazette has learned.
Lt Col Anukul Nuket, investigating officer in the case, confirmed that Chalong Police received the news from British officials yesterday.
Aldhouse is said to have departed Thailand from a small border crossing in Khlong Yai, Trat province, on August 17. Thai Immigration at that tiny checkpoint along the border with Cambodia may not have had access to online databases.
Chalong Police are now compiling evidence to try and have Mr Aldhouse extradited to Thailand to be charged for the stabbing murder of 23-year-old American Dashawn Longfellow in Rawai on August 14.
Mr Aldhouse, 28, was the target of an international manhunt for almost two weeks, after he allegedly followed the American home and stabbed him after the two engaged in a bar fight in Rawai.
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The embassy will then liaise with Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he added.
Forensics Police have confirmed that the knife found at the scene was the murder weapon and a report from Vachira Hospital Phuket has confirmed that Mr Longfellow died from the knife wound, Lt Col Anukul said.
More damning evidence is available in the form of CCTV footage of a man closely resembling Mr Aldhouse entering a nearby 7-Eleven convenience store just before the time of the murder and ordering terrified staff to give him knives.
All evidence required for the initial extradition application is expected to be compiled today, Lt Col Anukul said.
Chalong Police hope to have the suspect back in Phuket within a week to be formally indicted, he added.
— Gazette Reporter
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