Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Grandad Is 'Battered and Abused' in Thai Jail

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Grandad Is 'Battered and Abused' in Thai Jail

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A GRANDAD facing a manslaughter charge following a motorbike crash in Thailand has told of his 'nightmare' in a squalid jail where he claims he has been battered and robbed by prisoners - and sexually abused by guards.

Dave Campbell, who has lived in the country since 2014, was horrifically injured in the smash in Ban Phe in March last year. He says he could face a manslaughter charge in connection with the incident.

He spent more than three weeks in hospital - and another three horrendous weeks behind bars - before being hauled before the courts after a French woman involved in the crash died.

In prison, my life hell. nothing wrong been treated criminal Dave, 68, originally from Lower Kersal, Salford, says he has now been told by lawyers representing the woman's partner they are pushing for manslaughter charges to be brought against him.

Driving at night, Dave said he collided with another bike, which didn't have its lights on and was carrying three people who weren't wearing helmets - a French man and woman and a local. After being knocked unconscious, he was left with broken ribs and severe cuts. He said he nearly lost an eye in the incident and has been left suffering terrible memory loss.

After being discharged from hospital, Dave says he voluntarily went to a police station to tell officers he had been involved in the crash. He was told there was no record of the incident and thought the matter had ended there. But around six weeks later, Dave was arrested, was told he faced an assault charge and claimed officers tried to force him to sign a confession.

Dave said his phone was confiscated and claimed he was denied access to a lawyer and British consular assistance.

After being taken to a cell, Dave's friends attempted to bail him out. He said police initially asked for 10,000 Thai Baht - around Pounds 200 - but the price soon rocketed to Pounds 2,000. …

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