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‘Financial stress’ blamed for Phuket gun range suicide

PHUKET: Police believe that Estonian national Andres Podra, 38, dramatically took his own life at a Phuket gun range yesterday (Mar 9) due to stress over his lack of finances.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Thursday 10 March 2016, 12:43PM

Police believe Estonian national Andres Podra shot himself in the head at the gun range due to financial problems. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

Police believe Estonian national Andres Podra shot himself in the head at the gun range due to financial problems. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

Mr Podra shot himself in the head with high-powered handgun at the Patong Hill Shooting Range yesterday afternoon after firing seven rounds at a target. (See story here.)

He left behind two handwritten letters: one to his sister written in Estonian, and another in English instructing police to contact his wife, Rachaneewan Punkoon, at a hotel in Patong.

“We contacted Ms Ratchaneewan and she told us that Mr Podra had been unemployed for months and that he was under tremendous stress due to his finances,” said Lt Sawanya Eidsong of the Thung Thong Police.

“She said that Mr Podra told her often that he wanted to kill himself. He wanted to stay in Thailand and live in Phuket, but he could not find a job that he liked,” Lt Sawanya added.

“She also said that all his friends that were helping him to find work never contacted him back.”


The Estonian embassy in Bangkok has been notified, Lt Sawanya said.

“And Ms Rachaneewan is contacting his family,” he added.

Regarding reports that Mr Podra lived in the US (see here), Lt Sanya said, “We have no information about whether or not Mr Podra was a resident or had lived in America.

“But we have confirmed that Mr Podra did not have any children with Ms Ratchaneewan.”

Mr Podra’s self-shooting death at a Phuket gun range follows that of 21-year-old Liam Colven of Scotland shooting himself dead a year ago at a shooting range in Thalang. (See story here.)



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Kurt | 10 March 2016 - 15:52:32

Financial stress, someone of age 38, having a thai girlfriend?
Hard to believe, for sure there were other, more important,  factors playing a role, unknown by thai police.
But is a convenient way to close the case so quick.

Anyway, I stop going to Phuket shooting ranges, as this is in a short time already a 2nd 'case'.
Next time a mental ill desperado should you first and than himsel...

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