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02 May 2008 :: 15:05:17 pm 11414

Distressed Belgian Robbed By His Wife And Her Lover Commits Suicide In Pattaya

A Belgian man, attacked and robbed of Bt3 million by his ex-wife and her new boyfriend in Pattaya on or about April 28 , apparently became so distraught about the affair that he subsequently shot himself through the head on May 2, 2008, and died instantly from his wounds.
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Apparently, the Belgian national, Mr.Gerard Kaufen (55) (the English translation of the Thai “See-Rad Car-fent”) had telephoned his friend, a Mr. Robert (60), in the early evening of May 1, to seek his commiseration over the robbing, which had occurred three days previously. Mr. Kaufen told his friend that his ex-wife, accompanied by an unnamed Thai man, had visited him at home. They had subsequently, attacked him and extracted the key to his safe from him, which they then opened and stole Bt3 million in cash. They also stole some other property and then escaped. Mr. Robert later related to the police that Mr. Kaufen was extremely distressed over the matter and he had attempted to calm him down; apparently unsuccessfully.

The Pattaya Police responded to a notification on May 2, 2008, at 01.30am, from one of their off-duty colleagues that his neighbour, Mr.Gerard Kaufen , had apparently shot himself and was lying in a pool of blood in his garden, a gun alongside his body. Accordingly, a police team led by Superintendent Pol.Col.Sarayut Sa-gnuen-bpo-kai, Sawang Boriboon Rescue and a doctor from Banglamung Hospital rushed to the incident location, a house in Baan Arthaporn, Soi 9, Moo 9, Nong Plalai, to investigate.

There they found the body of Mr.Gerard Kaufen, lying dead on the terrace of his house. He had sustained a gunshot which had passed right through his head, from the right to the left-hand side. He also had a 3-centimetre wound on his forehead. He was clad in a blue T-shirt and a green shorts. Police found a .38 mm. pistol by the side of the body. There were 5 bullets left in the magazine of the gun, which police kept as evidence.

Mr. Weera Plaek-tu (42), Mr.Gerard Kaufen’s neighbour who had originally notified police, is a traffic police officer for Banglamung. He told the investigating team that as he was praying in his Buddha Room at his house, he suddenly heard a gunshot. About 30 seconds after the first shot, he heard a second gunshot. He immediately ran out to investigate at the front of his house, but couldn’t see anything untoward. Suspicious, he leant over the fence between his house and Mr.Kaufen’s and saw Mr.Kaufen lying apparently dead in a pool of blood with the gun on the floor beside him. He then he notified the police.

Mr. Robert , the friend of the deceased, mentioned earlier, later came to the incident scene and told police about the robbing incident by Mr.Kaufen’s ex-wife and the anonymous male accomplice. He also told police that Mr.Kaufen had previously been a doctor in Belgium, but had subsequently retired and come to Thailand, where he had met and married Mrs. Yuen Kaufen (38). He had been living in Thailand for about 15 years, but had recently divorced his wife, at the beginning of April. The divorce apparently left him severely depressed and he had started drinking and became a recluse, virtually never going out. Mr. Robert said he was very shocked to hear that Mr. Kaufen had killed himself.

Currently, police presume that Mr. Kaufen committed suicide because he was so distraught over his wife leaving him and the subsequent robbery by his wife and her male accomplice. Mr. Kaufen’s body will be sent to the Police Hospital for autopsy. Additionally, police will put a search out for Mrs. Yuen and her male accomplice for further investigation.

Reporter : Kampee   Photo : Kampee   Category : Crime News

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