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South African man found dead in 'messy' Patong room, no foul play suspected

PHUKET: Police do not suspect foul play in the death of a 37-year-old South African man, whose body was found inside a disorderly room this morning in Patong.

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Darawan Naknakhon

Sunday 17 July 2016, 07:58PM

Police did not note any signs of a struggle.
Police did not note any signs of a struggle.

Patong police were alerted by the owner of a four-storey residential townhouse building located on Piset Karanee Rd that a foreign tenant was discovered dead in the bathroom of the room he rented.

Police arrived to the scene, in room number one of two on the second floor of the complex, where they found the caucasian man lying on his side under the sink.

The man was not wearing any clothes and had at least one tattoo on his right arm, and investigators estimated that he had been dead for no less than three hours.

The man was named by police but The Phuket News is withholding his name until it can be confirmed that the next of kin have been notified.  

Despite the chaotic state of the room, with belongings strung out in disarray, investigating officer Pol Maj Patapee Srichai said that he believed the mess was a reflection of the type of lifestyle the deceased lived.

Police did not note any bruises or marks on the man’s body but took note of other signs* in the room that suggested the man died on his own.

Officers took statements from three Thai nationals, including the building owner, a tenant on the third floor and a woman who claimed to be the deceased’s girlfriend.

All three gave similar statements, revealing that the South African had been living in Patong for about two months, and had initially worked part time to “cheer” for customers at a certain tattoo parlor.

The building owner, who police named as Prasert Kraisanguan, told police that he had discovered the man’s body after forcing open the door when the man did not answer door after knocking several times, which he reported as “unusual behavior”.

According to Prasert, the foreign tenant had owed him one month’s rent and was “very loud at about 11pm on the previous night, July 16”.

According to a statement given by a man who lived in the same building and claimed to be a former associate of the deceased, who police named as Mr Surachat , revealed that there was “loud noises coming from the [foreign man’s] room at about 9.30am on the morning [of July 17], but I did not think anything of it because loud sound was the usual.”

Finally officers took a statement from a woman who they did not name, who revealed that she had been seeing the deceased for about two months.

She told officers that the deceased liked to drink alcohol, smoke marijuana and take valium pills and was very loud and jealous. 

According to her statement, the two had a violent fight on July 14 when the man became jealous that she had “gone out with a friend”, and after the fight she stopped going to his room. However, she said that on July 15 the deceased came to see her on Bangla Road and promised to get his life together, stop drinking and earn money. She claimed that was the last she heard from him.

The body has been transported to hospital for further examination.

*Graphic details of the report have been omitted. If you are a family member of the deceased, or represent the South African government and need full details of the initial report, please email the editor [at]



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yvonne | 18 July 2016 - 02:47:41

I note there is a bottle of Nail Varnish  on the desk. A woman must have been in there. Was somebody perhaps looking for something there that the place is so untidy? Seem fishy to me.

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Ed Sanders | 17 July 2016 - 20:46:12

Jeez, what a mess, and what a pathetic way to exit life on planet Earth.  Oh...and could someone hold up the rug so they can sweep all the dirt under it???

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