A MAN locked in a legal battle trapping him in Thailand for nearly four years is back on British soil.
Lee Chestnutt has returned to his Pilling home after a year-long trial and an appeal hearing as his former landlord accused him and his partner, Jaffrey Maharan, of criminal damage and theft.
After so many immigration blocks, preventing the couple from leaving the country or being allowed to work there, Lee is still looking over his shoulder.
He said: “It’s been four years since we were in control of our own lives.
“What kept is going was that we knew we weren’t guilty. We just had to trust the justice system.”
Lee’s mum, Pat, breathed a huge sigh of relieve when she saw her son at Manchester Airport early on Sunday morning.
She said: “It’s amazing.
“We did start to believe it was never going to happen.”
For more on Lee’s heart warming return to the Fylde coast, see Monday’s paper.