Tengoku
Tengoku British International School, Phuket
The Phuket News Novosti Phuket Khao Phuket

Login | Create Account | Search


New Zealand man found hanged at Patong hotel

New Zealand man found hanged at Patong hotel

PHUKET: Police are investigating the death of a New Zealand man who was found hanged in the bathroom of a Patong hotel room on Friday afternoon (May 17).

suicidepatongpolice
By Eakkapop Thongtub

Sunday 19 May 2019, 02:14PM


Officers reported finding no evidence of a struggle or any signs of robbery in the room. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

Officers reported finding no evidence of a struggle or any signs of robbery in the room. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

Officers were called to the hotel on Rat-U-Thit 200 Pi Rd at 3:30pm, where they arrived with rescue workers to find the body Darrin John Pakenham, 49, from Auckland.

Attempts to revive Mr Pakenham were unsuccessful. He was taken to Patong Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The alarm was raised by members of Mr Pakenham’s family, who were unable to contact him, reported police.

His body was discovered when hotel staff entered the room to check on his well-being.

Mr Pakenham checked in at the hotel on May 11 and was booked to stay until May 20, officers noted.

Subscribe to The Phuket News

Although officers found a chair on its side near the entrance to the bathroom, where Mr Packenham’s body was found, officers deemed this not to be evidence of a struggle and reported finding no signs of a robbery in the room.

His passport and iPhone were still in the room, and B2,120 in cash and a small amount in Malaysian currency remained in his wallet.

Police noted that they have yet to conclude their investigation, and were waiting on doctors at Patong Hospital to confirm the cause of death.


If you or anyone you know is in emotional distress, please contact the Samaritans of Thailand at their 24-hour hotline 02-713-6791 (English), 02713-6793 (Thai) or Thai Mental Health Hotline at 1323 (Thai).

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

CAPTCHA

Be the first to comment.

 

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
Cops ‘sorry’ for missing body in car

Thai always get away with ...sorry..., and ...misunderstanding... Ever hear a Thai Official takin...(Read More)


Singaporean tourist killed in collision with tour bus

Real thai student education is falling down the international rating ladder, we all know, year after...(Read More)


New plan to allow later boozing draws flak

Dek is not defending the RTP, seems he agrees with all comments about RTP. Has he a bright moment?...(Read More)


New plan to allow later boozing draws flak

Don't talk about alcohol only. As the marijuana spirit is out of the bottle without law sufficie...(Read More)


New plan to allow later boozing draws flak

@Fascinated Don't worry ! There will be enough places opening until 04.00 am.. Anyway,your &...(Read More)


Kata Hill lane to close for electrical works

Almost 2 yrs now that hill road matter. When are the plans, drawings, time line new road constructio...(Read More)


New plan to allow later boozing draws flak

Dkk will be gutted that he can't dance til dawn....(Read More)


Singaporean tourist killed in collision with tour bus

@Kurt Kids are not taught in local schools that "Thai's are perfect "and that "T...(Read More)


Kata Hill lane to close for electrical works

Just curious. Where are the power poles to be relocated to? The article says remove them but unless ...(Read More)


Phuket Opinion: What would the mob do?

RTP = Criminals in uniform. They think the laws they pledge to uphold do not apply to them at all. T...(Read More)