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British rapist deported from Thailand admits drugs charges in UK

A British man who was recently deported from Thailand having initially fled to Pattaya to evade arrest has admitted drug charges on his return to the UK.

Reece Vella, 27, from Worcester, pleaded guilty to two charges of supplying Class A drugs at hearing at Worcester Crown Court.

He was deported from Thailand earlier this month after Immigration Police were contacted by the UK’s National Crime Agency to inform them that Vella was wanted in connection with supplying Class A drugs.  

In January 2018, he was arrested in connection with the death of a bar girl in Pattaya.

The naked body of Wannipa Janhuathon, 26, was found outside Cosy Beach View Condominium in Pratumnak.

She’d fallen from the balcony of Vella’s fifth floor condo.

At the time Vella told police Wannipa, nicknamed Joy who worked at Sky Bar on Soi 6, fell while they were having sex on his balcony.

Following his arrest in connection with the death of Wannipa, Vella was also found to have overstayed his visa by 59 days and had also stolen a motorcycle.

He was charged with causing death by negligent or reckless behaviour, theft and visa overstay.

Media in the UK reported that Vella had spent time in jail in Thailand following the death of  Wannipa.

Prior to coming to Thailand, Vella had previously served time in jail for rape.

In 2017, he appeared at Worcester Crown Court where was charged with supplying Class A drugs.

However, he never faced those charges and instead fled to Pattaya.

This week he again appeared at Worcester Crown Court where he admitted his involvement in supplying Class A drugs, believed to be crack cocaine.  

Vella is due to be sentenced in August 2019 for his UK offences.

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