21st Jan, 2020

Police travel to Thailand to arrest suspect

Rob George 19th Jun, 2019

A WORCESTER man arrested in Thailand after the death of a woman has pleaded guilty to drugs charges in the UK after being released under an amnesty programme.

Reece Vella, 27, admitted two charges which relate to the supply of Class A drugs at Worcester Crown Court.

He was one of a number of prisoners released by the King of Thailand at his coronation earlier this year, West Mercia Police said.

Vella was escorted back to the UK by a detective earlier this month to answer charges in the UK. He had been held in Thailand since January 2018 on suspicion of causing death by negligence, overstaying his visa and theft after the woman fell from a balcony.

He had been subject to an outstanding warrant in the UK for the drugs charges, after failing to appear at Worcester Crown Court in October 2017.

Vella will be sentenced in August for the drug offences.

In a statement, West Mercia Police said: “This is another example of the variety of the work the team complete in order to bring offenders to justice. If our suspects travel abroad in order to escape the consequences of their actions, we will find you!”

The force confirmed it had been notified of Vella’s release by Interpol.

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