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Former Bromsgrove soldier Lance Whitmore jailed for 50 years in Thailand for drug dealing

A former Bromsgrove soldier has been jailed for 50 years in Thailand for drug dealing.

Lance Whitmore was sentenced at Ratchada Criminal Court after being caught with close to 200 ecstasy tablets.

His heartbroken mother, Debbie Caswell, said: “I am devastated. I don’t know how he will cope.”

Whitmore had been on trial after he was caught trying to sell drugs to an undercover detective.

Mrs Caswell said: “I got the call this morning from his lawyer. I am just devastated - I am finding it hard to function at the moment.

“I believe we will be appealing but at this moment in time I am just in shock.

“I just don’t know how he will cope with this sentence. It is the worst possible news.”

Whitmore, aged 26, who has already been behind bars up for eight months in rat-infested Klong Prem prison, will face a hellish existence as he serves his sentence.

His mom had previously described how he was covered in sores, pale and pitifully thin and crippled by tooth decay.

The former squaddie now faces sharing a cramped, furnace-hot cell – designed to accommodate 20 people – with 78 other other prisoners. He has already witnessed two stabbings and an attempted rape.

A cellmate has also had his ear bitten off in a brutal attack.

His father Russ, originally from Northfield, runs a restaurant in Pattaya, near Bangkok.

Whitmore, who found work in Thailand with Petroleum Oil Services, was snared in a Pataya supermarket only yards from his dad’s restaurant. He was caught with an Australian friend. A search of his pal’s flat uncovered 60 more ecstasy tablets.

Former South Bromsgrove High School student Whitmore entered a guilty plea hoping it would get his sentence halved.

Whitmore had returned to Thailand in March, 2014, following the death of his 25-year-old fiance Jitma Tahin, known as Tree, from meningitis. He had lived there, off and on for five years.

Mrs Caswell previously told the Mail: “If I could change places with him, I would. If I could walk in there and take over, I would. He is my only son, the light of my life.”

She added: “He has done wrong, but there is a reason he got mixed up in all that, everything that was going on.

“I know he was not in his right mind. He was vulnerable, very vulnerable. He was in a very bad place.”

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