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As the deadline for Lee ‘Pitbull” Aldhouse to appeal his 25 year sentence for the murder of Dashawn Longfellow came and went it seems the man who killed an American Marine is content with his punishment.
According to the Phuket News an official of the Phuket Provincial Court, speaking on condition of anonymity told them “The court has no record of an appeal. His deadline for appeal should have been December 28th, but that was a Saturday and after that here were public holidays, so yesterday was the first working day.
The Phuket News also learned that Aldhouse, sentenced on the 28th of November, was moved to the Big House, two weeks ago, a larger prison in Nakhon Si Thammarat. The move is in line with the normal prison practice of moving convicted prisoners with long sentences to serve to larger and more secure prisons.
It has been reported that Aldhouse had been keeping his nose clean in the Phuket Provincial Prison that while being badly overcrowded is what is known as a ‘white’ prison that means in recent searches drugs and mobile phones have not been found. In stark contrast searches in the Nakhon Si Thammarat regularly turn up large amounts of drugs and dozens of mobile phones. It has also been rumored that guards have often been found to become unusually rich, making purchases such as 200 rai of rubber plantation and cars such as Toyota Fortuners according to the report in the Phuket News and earlier this year the Bangkok Post reported violence and a riot when five inmates tried to break out.
Manoon Chanachai, a registrar of the Nakhon Si Thammarat prison told The Phuket News today that Aldhouse was likely to remain there unless a court orders his transfer or the Department of Corrections decides to move him to another prison.
In the past, many foreigners convicted of murder in Phuket have ended up in the notorious “Bangkok Hilton” – Bang Kwang Prison in Nonthaburi on the outskirts of Bangkok – designed in the 1930s to hold 3,500 inmates, but now holding more than 8,000 prisoners