Pattaya Daily News

21 March 2008 :: 11:03:08 am 11919

Pattaya Suicide Legacy Apparently Claims Two More Victims

Two more foreign males apparently resorted to leaping off condos in Pattaya on 19 March 2008; one at least is suspected of having had dealings with a Pattaya bar girl prior to his fatal jump. No motivation for the suspected suicides have yet been forthcoming.
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Responding to a report received by Police Lieutenant Colonel Anuchet Katsomboon of two apparent suicides at 05.30 am., an emergency response squad, consisting of the police, a Banglamung hospital team and Sawang Boriboon Rescue Team, reported first to Building B, View Talay Condominium, Project 2, No. 433, Moo. 12, Jomtien to find a dead British national, Mr. M. Jacob (56), clad only in boxer shorts, lying on his side, covered in blood. He had sustained broken arms and legs.

Mr. Prajuab Poungdee(50), the night duty security guard, told police that he’d heard the sound of a heavy object hitting the ground and, going out to investigate, found the dead body of Mr. Jacob lying outside.

Police inspected the immediate area and then went to investigate Mr. Jacob’s room on the 12th Floor, which was locked from inside. Breaking in, the police found no evidence of fighting, or any sign of anything unusual. On the balcony were a bottle of beer and a glass. Mr. Jacob, who had been in Thailand for only one day, had apparently found a bar girl in Pattaya the previous evening and had brought her to stay with him overnight before he killed himself. There was no sign of the suspected companion. The British Embassy has been notified of the incident and proceedings are ongoing.

On the same day, 30 minutes later, police were also notified of another suspected suicide, this time of an Austrian, Mr. Ernst Paosch (49). At Mike’s Shopping Mall, near Soi 12, Pattaya Beach Road, Mr. Ernst’s body was found on empty ground, lying on his back on the sand. He was wearing a polo shirt and jean shorts. He had sustained injuries to his eyes and broken legs and hips. Police found cigarettes and a lighter in his pocket. There was no evidence of fighting, or anything untoward in the immediate area.

A local witness, Mrs. Montha Mee thongkum ( 49), who lives nearby, told police that she had heard the impact of a heavy object hitting the ground at about 9.30 pm, but had paid no attention. It is a quiet soi with few passersby and it was only the next morning that her daughter, who was passing by the scene on her way home, discovered the dead body, which they subsequently reported to the police.

When police checked the swimming pool on the 10th Floor of Mike’s Shopping Mall, presuming that it was a likely place for Mr. Eanst to have jumped from, they found Mr. Ernst’s belongings, consisting of sunglasses , sun-block cream, a comb, a bag containing some clothes, two cans of beer and some sleeping pills, nearby chairs and tables. Police also found documents indicating that he was staying at Sawatdee Hotel, Moo.9, Soi Buakow. Police kept the evidence for further investigation.

Police Superintendent Noppadol, the investigating officer, presumed that Mr. Ernst had been swimming during the night , become drunk, and waiting until he was alone, decided to kill himself by climbing on a chair and jumping down. Police checked his hotel room for more information and will inform his embassy which will arrange for the body to be repatriated.

Reporter : Kampee   Photo : Kampee   Category : Crime News

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