Welcome to Hell
An Irishman's Fight for Life Inside the Bangkok Hilton
Colin Martin comes from Liverpool and moved to County Monaghan, Ireland when he was a child. He worked as a welder and owned a construction company, before travelling to Thailand. There he was swindled out of nearly half a million Euro. Let down by the hopelessly corrupt Thai police and forced to rely upon his own resources, he tracked down the man who conned him and, drawn into a fight, accidentally stabbed and killed that man’s bodyguard. Colin was arrested, denied a fair trial, convicted of murder and thrown into prison – where he remained for 8 years.
Written from his cell and smuggled out page by page, Colin Martin’s autobiography chronicles an innocent man’s struggle to survive inside one of the world’s most dangerous prisons. Honest and often disturbing – but told with a surprising humour – Welcome to Hell is the remarkable story of how Colin was denied justice again and again. In this extraordinary account he describes the swindle, his arrest and vicious torture by police, the unfair trial, and the 8 years of brutality and squalor he was forced to endure.
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Read Welcome to Hell a couple of weeks ago in Hua Hin, the weather was a bit chilly for a swim at the beach so I decided to buy something to read instead.
A very good book which covers the Thai justice system (or in Colin Martin's case injustice system) as well as the inhumane prison conditions.
Though referred to as the Bangkok Hilton the prison in this case is Chonburi.