BANGKOK – A British kickboxer on Wednesday pleaded guilty to murdering a former US Marine during a bar fight in Thailand, his lawyer said, reversing his previous plea.
Prosecutors allege Lee Aldhouse stabbed to death 23-year-old Dashawn Longfellow — who was in Phuket after sustaining a combat injury in Afghanistan — in a 2010 fight in the tourist resort of Phuket.
Aldhouse, known in Phuket by his ring name “The Pitbull”, fled to his home country after the incident and become the first British suspect to be extradited to Thailand under a century-old treaty.
“A court today read him his (murder) charge and he pleaded guilty,” his lawyer Kampon Siriwatunyoo told AFP, without giving details of why he changed his plea.
Phuket prosecutor Chaingsaen Panya said Aldhouse’s hearing was expected to start on September 2 and would see three witnesses take the stand.
Under Thai murder laws Aldhouse could face the death penalty or up to life in prison.
Aldhouse fled to Britain after Longfellow was stabbed but was arrested upon arrival and detained for almost two years while he fought extradition to Thailand.
He lost his extradition battle and in December last year became the first Britain in more than a century to be sent to Thailand for trial.