Pattaya Daily News

05 January 2008 :: 14:01:31 pm 38133

NORWEGIAN DIES WHILE DRINKING IN JOMTIEN BAR

A Norwegian national, Mr.Sorgard Terje Andreas, 71, fell victim to the Scandinavian curse in Ping Pong Beer Bar, 79/93 Soi Jomtien Moo 7, when he suffered a fatal attack, brought on, the police surmise, from drinking alcohol.
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At 00.10 am, on 5 Jan 08, Police Major Pratipat Meepoom, Inspector of Pattaya Police, Dongtan Branch, in response to an emergency call arrived with a rescue team from the Sawangboriboon Foundation to find the dead body of Mr.Sorgard lying on the floor of the bar, with a saliva filled mouth and darkened face, surrounded by shocked tourists and bar hostesses.

Norwegians are severely restricted back home in Norway by prohibitive taxes on alcohol, accordingly, low-priced alcohol, is one of the main attractions of Thailand. However, unlike normal drinkers from elsewhere, who learn to moderate their alcohol intake, Norwegians drink to excess in Thailand and consequently often fall prey to alcohol poisoning. In this case, however, Mr.Sorgard had only had two Heineken beers, leaving the evidence on the table, along with his unpaid bar bill.

Questioning one of the bar hostesses, Miss Jom, police discovered that Mr.Sorgard was travelling around Thailand with his daughter. They were staying briefly at Somboon Guesthouse, near the bar.

Apparently, on the night of the incident, Mr.Sorgard was drinking alone. After finishing his second bottle of beer, he went into cramps and fell dying to the floor, to the profound distress of the bar clientele and hostesses. Although an ambulance was called, it unfortunately came too late to save Mr.Sorgard.

Later, his daughter came to the bar and, overcome by tears, showed police a medicine bottle containing asthma preventative medicine, explaining that Mr.Sorgard suffered from the congenital disease.

The police sent Mr.Sorgard’s body to Banglamung Hospital for further investigation.

Reporter : Kampee   Photo : Kampee   Category : Crime News

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