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Meth-dealing Koh Samui bar owner attacked in Thai prison

PHOTO: The Mirror

A British man says he had three teeth knocked out and that going to a Thai prison for dealing drugs was ‘torture’.

Jimmy Kelly was sentenced to 30 years but ended up spending just three behind bars for selling crystal methamphetamine at the bar on Samui he owned.

His sentence was dramatically cut because his brother Gary allegedly paid 3,280,000 baht in life savings (the article doesn’t mentioned who the money was paid to).

Kelly moved to Thailand from the UK and spent a £33,000 (1,353,000 baht) redundancy payment to set up a bar on Koh Samui but says he soon became caught up in the local drug scene.

Speaking to, he said… “Months ago I was a postman living an ordinary mundane life. Now, I’d taken a bar over and become a pimp.’

When armed officers swooped on his bar, they found the drugs and huge amount of money. ‘I read horror stories about Thai prison,’ he told the program. (He also claimed that he was seeing woman at the time who was working with the local police.)

Speaking on the National Geographic program “Banged Up Abroad”, he said, “I never… thought I’d end up in a Thai prison.”

He complains about the cramped cell “caged in like an animal” with other prisoners, some accused of murder.

“I knew I wouldn’t be seeing friends or family for a very long time. I wish I could go back to boring old England.”

He claims he was attacked by a guard with a baton when a fight broke out in the prison, according to the story in Three of his teeth were knocked out and he said he thought he was going to die.

Read more about Jimmy’s story HERE.

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