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Bangkok Hilton drug mule to share inspirational story of redemption

Andy Morris 1st Nov, 2017   0

A FORMER drug mule who spent nine years at the notorious ‘Bangkok Hilton’ will tell his story of hope and faith at Rugby Town FC’s hospitality suite on Saturday (November 4).

At just 27 years old, Lee Williams was arrested for drug trafficking in 1996 when trying to enter Thailand with a suitcase of heroin. He was sentenced to 200 years in a Bangkok prison.

After nine years in abysmal conditions at the maximum security ‘Bangkok Hilton’ unit, he was transferred back to the UK, where he served a further six years at HMP Rye Hill on the outskirts of Rugby – before his release on receiving a King’s Pardon.

At the event, organised by the Hope and Revive church networks, Lee will talk about what pushed him to making the regretful decision to be a drug mule, his period of incarceration, and how the faith he discovered there helped him transform his life.

Hope’s executive director Roy Crowne said: “Lee has an amazing story to tell, and we are grateful that he is coming to share this with us.

“With the ever-increasing focus in the news on the effectiveness of the prison service in the rehabilitation of offenders, Lee’s personal experiences further demonstrate how access to religion can make long-lasting impacts to the prison community.

“We would again like to thank the football club for hosting our event. Last year we had excellent feedback after Justyn Rees-Larcombe’s session tracking his successful battle against a gambling addiction, and I’m confident that there will be a similar response this time around.”

The event takes place from 8.30-10am. Tickets (£7 each, including breakfast and refreshments) are available from Hope’s Rugby headquarters at 8A Market Place or by calling 01788 542782.


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