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11 March 2010 :: 12:03:30 pm 15329

Norwegian Woman Falls From High Rise Condo in Pattaya

Pattaya police were called to the Jomtien Beach Condominium complex on Wednesday night following the suspected suicide of a foreign woman. The Norwegian national allegedly jumped from the 18-storey condominium complex after recently showing signs of what is thought to be some form of dementia.
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Pattaya, the 10th of March 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: At approximately 8:30pm on Wednesday, police captain Patiphan Moonlee (Dongtan Police Investigator) was notified that a foreign woman had allegedly committed suicide by jumping from the Jomtien Beach Condominium project on Jomtien Beach Road, Jomtien. Officers from the local Dongtan police station along with a team of rescue personnel from the Sawang Boriboon Foundation went to the scene to investigate.

At the 18-storey condominium project, the body of Norwegian national, Mrs. Anne-Marie Pedercent  [73] was found lying deceased on the grass verge. Mrs. Pedercent had suffered a broken neck, arms and legs in the fall with her skull also found to be fractured in several places. At the scene, Mr. John Henry [68], Mrs. Pedercent’s husband was standing over his wife’s deceased body in an inconsolable state.

Police questioned Mr. Henry, who stated that prior to the incident the couple along with Mr. Henry’s Thai wife, Mrs. Lawipha Lertjarernrung [45] had been inside their room on the 4th floor of the building. Mr. Henry explained that Mrs. Pedercent had gone out onto the balcony for a cigarette when he and Mrs. Lertjarernrung heard her scream; rushing to the balcony they observed her dead body lying on the ground below.

Mr. Henry explained that he had been with his Norwegian wife for over 40 years, travelling from Norway to Thailand at least once a year, living at the aforementioned condo which they had purchased several years ago. This most recent trip had seen them enter the country on the 10th of September 2009. Mr. Henry further revealed to police investigators that he believed his wife had been suffering what seemed to be the onset of some form of dementia in recent times which may have caused her to commit suicide.

Investigating officers took statements from Mr. Henry and his Thai wife whilst the body of Mrs. Pedercent was sent for autopsy to determine the cause of death.

Note: Another suspicious suicide death in Pattaya, once again police appear to have found very little evidence to suggest that it was anything but suicide, whether they will follow-up with investigations remains to be seen.

In this particular case, which is remarkably strange to begin with (for various reasons), police should at least attempt to ascertain the relationship that Mr Henry, Mrs Pedercent and Mrs. Lertjarernrung have with each other including the statement regarding Mrs. Lertjarernrung’s failing health.

Having allegedly visited Thailand and presumably Pattaya many times, one would assume that they at least had some close friends in the area that may be able to provide some insight into the case.

Suicide deaths are an all too frequent occurrence in Pattaya, as such below we have provided you with a few of the most recent cases of a similar nature. Searching “suicide” in our website search box at the top of the screen will reveal over 50 other  related news. Unfortunately there is also many more incidents of a similar nature which we have yet to transfer over from the old websites archive.

Recent Related News:

Swedish National Falls to His Death From Pattaya Hotel

A Swedish national has been found dead on a second floor balcony at the Royal Twin Palace Hotel in South Pattaya. The man in believed to have fallen from the balcony of his room on the 12th floor in an intoxicated state.

Russian National Falls to his Death Off Pattaya Hotel

Yet another suspicious suicide from a Pattaya hotel as a Russian national was found dead early yesterday morning having fallen from his room at the Ambassador Hotel in Na Jomtien.

German National Allegedly Commits Suicide in Pattaya

A German man has been found dead in Naklua after having allegedly committed suicide by jumping from an 8-storey block of apartments at dawn on Wednesday.

Related Features:

The Karmic Perils Of Following Suit

With the Thai penchant for emulating their heroes, especially movie super stars, one has to be careful not to instil ideas in impressionable minds. Apparently, the Japanese have a suicide syndrome which many follow unthinkingly, due to inordinate academic or business pressure. Though the same pressures could hardly be claimed for the majority of Thais, nevertheless, they do like to be copyists. One often sees this among lovelorn bar girls who, when jilted, readily slit their wrists.

Suicide: An Unfortunate Global Occurrence

PDN feels it is necessary to publish the grim truth about the phenomenon of suicide, due to the increasingly large number of suicides in this fair city, which apparently is not viewed universally in this light. This especially as today we have yet again the misfortune to have to report another farang suicide.

Real Circumstances Surrounding a Recent Suicide

“We are the creators of our own destinies and I am still unsure of what mine is. I know I have done the wrong thing in the past and I think we all have but God forgives us all, no matter what we have done.”

Reporter : Wirraphun   Photo : Wirraphun   Category : Community News

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