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Phuket murder trial: Girlfriend recounts night Aldhouse stabbed US Marine Dashawn Longfellow

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PHUKET: A witness in the Lee Aldhouse murder trial provided shocking testimony on Friday afternoon.

Following the arrival in court, 10 minutes late, of a grim-faced Aldhouse, a female Thai witness explained that she was the girlfriend of the victim, US Marine Dashawn Longfellow, at the time of his death.

She then gave her account of how a seemingly ordinary night in Rawai exploded into deadly violence, just over three years ago.

The girlfriend, who requested the media to not name her, was the only witness to appear at the hearing.

Her testimony began with the arrival of a court translator at 2:44pm.

The girlfriend testified as follows:

“I was a waitress at the Freedom bar in Rawai (map here). On August 14, at 1:20am, Dashawn [Longfellow] came to the bar to pick me up and take me back to our apartment at the Yanui Resort 2.

By the time Dashawn arrived, there were only about 10 people still at the bar, because it was close to closing time. While he was waiting for me, he sat down at a table where one other tourist was sitting. The table was in the center of the bar and there were seats around the table. Dashawn did not order anything.

Then at 1:40am, Mr Lee Aldhouse pulled up, on a dark green Honda Click motorbike. He came into the bar looking angry. He ordered a bottle of beer and sat at another table.

At 2am, Mr Aldhouse stood up and started talking loudly, like he was angry, with the remaining customers, before challenging every one of them to a fight.

Dashawn got up to go to the toilet, but Mr Aldhouse wouldn’t let him pass. The next thing I knew they were fighting. I looked up and saw Mr Aldhouse punching Dashawn in the face.

Other customers tried to stop the fight, but Mr Aldhouse started hitting them too.

Mr Aldhouse then left the bar. My friend said he went to the 7-Eleven, about 100 meters away.

My friend said he left the shop with a knife. My friend warned me to take my boyfriend [Dashawn] back home as soon as possible.

When we arrived home [at the resort], Dashawn went to a nearby shop to buy water.

At 3:30am, I heard him return to the house and I opened the [slide-mirror] door, but the door came off its runner. Dashawn and I were trying to fix the door when Mr Aldhouse turned up.

He was wearing a black “hoodie” [hooded shirt]. He came up to Dashawn and stabbed him twice in the chest with a knife.

Dashawn told me to go back inside, but he was beginning to stagger. I stood at the door and threw a clothes rack at Mr Aldhouse to try to make him stay away.

Seeing me trying to protect Dashawn, Mr Aldhouse, said, ‘Come on’ – but when I called for neighbors to help, he took off on his motorbike.

Rescue workers arrived at around 5am and tried to revive Dashawn. They took him to hospital, but at around 7am the doctors said he was dead.

On hearing what had happened, a friend came to visit me at our house. On her way to the resort, she saw the knife that Aldhouse had used, which he had dropped near the house. She called the police, who came quickly to inspect the area.”

With that, Dashawn’s girlfriend concluded her testimony.

Judge Montri Saroj declared the court adjourned and set October 21 as the date for the trial to continue.

— Irfarn Jamdukor

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Southern Thailand braces for rough weather and rain

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The Thailand Meteorological Department issued a weather warning for southern Thailand with torrential rain forecast to hit the region throughout the weekend. The heavy monsoon over the Gulf of Thailand and south of the country is being blamed for the rough weather, with the TMD predicting flash flooding in many areas.

(Phuket, Hat Yai and Hua Hin’s forecast below)

“Waves are expected to reach 2 metres in height in the lower Gulf of Thailand and possibly higher at the height of the storm. Ships are advised to proceed with caution.”

For the north and northeast of Thailand, the TMD forecasts strong winds and cooler mornings as the arrival of the “winter” season, coupled with a moderate high-pressure system, causes temperatures to dip.

Hua Hin’s five day forecast

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SOURCE: The Nation | weather.com

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Now you see him, now you don’t… Patong Police hunt foreigner over $30k theft

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Patong Police have yet to develop any tangible leads tracking down a foreigner who made off with US$30,000 in cash from a currency exchange booth in Kalim, north of Patong in Phuket, last Tuesday.

The man is about 168 centimetres tall with grey hair and around 60 years old, Patong police told The Phuket News.

“We have no clue what nationality he is.”

He was last seen at the currency exchange booth wearing a purple polo shirt, blue jeans and black cap. Police have checked hotels in the area, police stations across the island and Phuket Immigration, but have yet to join the dots and come up with firm leads.

“Investigators have checked CCTV in the area and collected what evidence we have but we still do not know the man’s name or where he was staying.”

The man had visited the booth several times before Tuesday, when he disappeared with the $30,000 in US banknotes, according to police.

“It was always small amounts”, he added, noting that the amounts didn’t warrant staff at the exchange booth to check the man’s passport before making the exchange.

The man arrived at the booth again at about 1pm on Tuesday, saying that he had 900,000 baht cash to exchange.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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Mystery surrounds security guard found dead in his Phuket room

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The security guard of a hotel in Nai Yang, northern Phuket, 52 year old Yingyot Butsabong, from Maha Sarakham province, was found dead yesterday (October 16) in his room. Police remain mystified how the man came to grief.

A woman named Supattra received a call from the hotel he worked at and was informed that he didn’t show up at work yesterday, so she went to his apartment to check on him.

She saw that his room was locked from the inside, so used the key she had in her possession to open the room and found Yingyot laying on the floor, face down. She thought he was just sleeping so she tried to wake him up but once she flipped him, she found that he already passed away.

She immediately called Saku police, and once on the scene, police found that there was some blood on the floor. The man had a 2 centimetre wound on his left eyebrow which was deep into his skull. There was also a wound on his chin about 1 centimetre long and about a centimetre deep. His left eye had a bruise which looked like he was attacked by a hard object.

Police report that he had been dead for around four hours in the room.

The room was not ransacked and there was no sign of fighting or theft. His body has been sent to Thalang Hospital for a detailed autopsy and to look into the cause of death.

SOURCE: Phuket Hot News

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