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NZ man plunges 20 floors to death in Patong

PHUKET: A 55-year-old New Zealand man was found dead behind a hotel in Patong before dawn this morning (Dec 29), the victim of an apparent suicide after falling 20 floors from his hotel room, say police.

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By Eakkapop Thongtub

Thursday 29 December 2016, 11:02AM


The man fell 20 floors to his death from the Royal Paradise hotel in Patong. Photo: The Phuket News / file

The man fell 20 floors to his death from the Royal Paradise hotel in Patong. Photo: The Phuket News / file

Security at the Royal Paradise Hotel notified police of the man’s death at 4:10am, after Patong Municipality garbage collectors found the man’s crumpled body behind the hotel.

The man checked into the hotel alone on Tuesday (Dec 27), said Maj Theerasak Boonsang of the Patong Police.

“We checked the hotel CCTV and the man* returned to the hotel alone at 3:11am,” Maj Theerasak said.

“He took the elevator to the 20th floor and entered his room unaccompanied. There were no signs of fighting in the room and it seems that nothing has been stolen,” he added.

“We will investigate this further, but at this stage we believe the man committed suicide,” Maj Theerasak noted.

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* The man’s name is being withheld until his next of kin have been notified.

If you or anyone you know is depressed or in need of mental health services, please contact the Samaritans of Thailand on their 24-hour hotline 02-713-6791 (English), 02-713-6793 (Thai) or Thai Mental Health Hotline at 1323 (Thai).


 

 

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Rorii | 30 December 2016 - 15:52:26

Eagle, give us a hint, I can't find any other news outlets, regarding this story, that shows any photos, of "the" balcony.

Kurt | 29 December 2016 - 20:14:22

To Eagle.  I did not speculate. I was asking: fall or jump?
I didn't read in article about balcony.
And: No fact, as police still 'believes'.

Christy Sweet | 29 December 2016 - 18:53:47

Eagle, nowhere in the article is it stated from where the man fell- or jumped. 

Kurt | 29 December 2016 - 13:16:40

Did he fall or did he jump?
Are windows not locked, like in Singapore, to prevent 'falling'?
Police still had to start investigation, but already 'believed' things. 
Premature bla-bla, as usual.
( same as with that Pattaya affair, first 'believed' the victim was Russian, 2 days later it was a confirmed USA man)

When RTP learns to keep mouths shut until 'believe-t...

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