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Australian man dies in fall from Patong hotel

Australian man dies in fall from Patong hotel

PHUKET: A 21-year-old Australian tourist died after falling from the 11th floor of the Royal Paradise Hotel in Patong last night (May 17).

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By Eakkapop Thongtub

Wednesday 18 May 2022, 02:26PM


Lt Col Sarit Butnongsang of the Patong Police was called to the scene at about 10pm.

Officers arrived to find the body of the man on the access driveway to the back of the hotel. He had suffered fatal head trauma.

Hotel staff confirmed that the man*, James Billy Simmons from Baulkham Hills, west of Sydney, had been staying in a room on the 11th floor of the hotel.

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He checked in to the hotel on May 14 and was scheduled to check out on May 28.

The man’s body was taken to Patong Hospital for post-mortem examination as part of the police investigation into the man’s death.


* The Phuket News originally withheld the man’s name until it had been confirmed that his next of kin have been notified.

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Kurt | 19 May 2022 - 11:00:29

Falling out of hotelrooms happens world wide. In Europe people with holiday go far with drugs and alcohol consumption, sit at open windowsill and drop death in the street. Who wonders here, as Phuket is floating on drugs? Make me ask again, why no sniff dogs on Phuket Airport and Sarassin Bridge in fight against drugs? "Huh? we not fight drugs'. Only scoop them in front of our feet. Yup-y...

JohnC | 19 May 2022 - 08:47:06

Was he alone? Did he take anyone back to his room for a bit of fun? Or was he just drunk and simply fell off his balcony? That is a very dodgy area of Patong. Lots of low lifes hang around there.

 

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