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04 August 2009 :: 18:08:01 pm 8821

German National Found Hanged In Pattaya

Pattaya, August 4,[PDN]: On the 3rd August 2009 a German man was found dead in a house in central Pattaya. Police have not specified whether it was suicide or if foul play is suspected. The house was found to have been cleared of all its contents.
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Banglamung Police Lieutenant Natthapol Akareun was notified at 10.00 pm that a foreign man had been found dead at 535/13 Garden Village, Soi 12 Pattaya – Naklua, Moo. 5, Nongprue. He and his team went to the address to find the house had been ransacked.

The incident took place at a bungalow which was surrounded by a strong fence for security purposes. Police found the rooms in the house to be empty of it’s contents and left in a messy condition. It appeared that the house had been searched before the contents were removed. A long scratch had been made on the floor presumably from where the safety deposit box had been dragged. Screwdrivers and a few other tools were found at the scene.

            In the bathroom, police found a hole in the ceiling approximately 70×70 cm. When police climbed up to search the area, they found a male foreigner hanging from the roof beam, wearing a gray striped shirt and black jeans with a blue towel on his shoulder. He was later identified as Mr. Peter Gittel, (55). Police estimated he had been dead about 4 hours.

Police questioned Mrs. Prayoon Gerdnok, [49] form Nakhon Ratchasima, a housemaid from the Tooty Fruity beer bar in Soi 13, Pattaya- Naklua Road, who found the body of the man. She said Mr. Gittel had lived in Pattaya for more than 30 years. He had a business in sub leasing bars. The shop owner, her boss, gave her the rent money to pay Mr. Gittel as usual. When she arrived and rang the alarm on the gate there was no answer. She then called her boss Mrs. Lumyai Lanok (40) and Miss Saimai Pongprai (36) the owner of the bar next door to accompany her in order to gain access.

            When they tried the gate they found it to be unlocked and on entering the premises they were shocked to see the state of the rooms and so they called the police.

Pol. Col. Somneuk Jungate, told the media that a witness (name withheld), who lived nearby, said that in the evening they had seen the Cambodian housemaid (25-35) of Mr. Gittel, who had just started working for him, and her two friends, a man and woman, dragging a safety deposit box and loading it onto a blue pickup truck.

Police presume Mr. Gittel may have commited suicide due to his congenital disease, and when his housemaid found him, she may have tried to open his safety deposit box and failing this, may have called for help in taking it away along with the rest of the house contents.

However, Police have not ruled out foul play. They have sent Mr Gittels body for autopsy and are awaiting the results to ascertain the cause of his death. Fingerprints collected from around the house have been kept as part of the evidence and they will be investigating further into the case of the missing safe and contents.

Reporter : Kampee   Photo : Kampee   Category : Crime News

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