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Killer freed by Thailand blames mental problems

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WA man Bill Douglas, whose release from a Thai jail after only two years for murdering an American sparked an outcry, says he has psychiatric problems from the herbicide Agent Orange when he fought in Vietnam.

The 61-year-old, a long-term resident of Thailand, was talking to _The West Australian _before his scheduled deportation to Perth tomorrow.

“I am free,” he shouted through two sets of steel bars separating inmates of Bangkok’s immigration detention centre from visitors. “I have done my time. I am as free as you.”

He expects to live in Willetton, which he left three decades ago, after his forced return to Australia.

Douglas said he intended to take an anger management course through the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Douglas was convicted in 2008 of murdering tourist Gary Poretsky, 46, in a restaurant and bar in the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai during a drinking binge.

The West Australian


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