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22 January 2013 :: 14:01:49 pm 70653

Traumatized Thai Tries Fiery Escape From Stress

A 45-year-old man poured petrol over his body and ignited it in a suicide attempt under a banana tree. The severely burned man was rushed to the hospital. The man was believed to be stressed out over a recent traffic accident and having to pay for severe damages to the other vehicle.
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PATTAYA – January 22, 2013 [Pattaya Daily News]; at 1:40 a.m., a report of a Thai man pouring petrol over his body and lighting it to burn himself was received by the rescue unit of Sawangboribultharmmasatharn foundation Pattaya, which rushed to the scene.

The incident occurred close to Bangkok-Pattaya hospital, Moo 6 Tambon Na Kleu, Amphur Banglamung. At the scene, under a banana tree about 50 meters from the entrance sentry box, rescuers discovered the burn victim, who was still alive.

The victim was identified as Mr. Pitak Bulsap, age 45, from Krabi province. There were burns all over his body and he was crying in severe pain. People were assisting to pour water on him to stop the fire. The rescue officers hurried to send the victim to Banglamung hospital.

Rescuers inspecting the area near the banana tree found a bottle of Saengsom liquor, a bottle of benzine petrol, and a shirt.

Officers questioned Mr. Umad Wongphu, age 43, the security guard of the rental room where the victim was living. He said that Mr. Pitak lived with his wife and children in the rental room.

Shortly before the incident, he saw Mr. Pitak walking with a handbag and bottle of liquor from the rental room. But he noticed Mr. Pitak looked very stressed and had a sorrowful face. Mr. Pitak walked to the banana tree and leaned his head against the banana tree for a while.

So Mr. Umad walked up to him, and asked what happened to him. But Mr. Pitak just stood silently without saying anything. So Mr Umad left him alone.

A short while later, Mr. Umad smelled something burning, and saw the fire was burning Mr. Pitak’s body. So he shouted to ask for assistance from people to assist to stop the fire. He then notified the rescue officers to pick up the victim to send to the hospital.

Later, the officers went to the nearby rental room where Mr. Pitak had been living. They found his girlfriend, Mrs. Banjong Saengsuwan, age 43, who was still frightened and scared. She said that she had been Mr. Pitak’s girlfriend for only 3 months.

She told officers that Mr. Pitak drove a truck-for-hire in the Laem Chabang area. He has a 17-year-old son, and a young daughter, age 5. They were both sleeping when Mr. Pitak poured benzine petrol on the bed and in the room, and then burnt one of his shirts.

Then she and Mr. Pitak had a severe quarrel, until his son told them to stop quarreling. But she had no idea that Mr. Pitak would later go out and burn himself.

Upon further investigation, officers discovered a possible cause of the distraught man’s attempted immolation. Several days ago, Mr. Pitak had collided with another car with his truck, which severely damaged the other vehicle.

Mr. Pitak murmured that the police had told him to pay for all of the damage costs, which caused him intense stress. So Mr. Pitak decided to pour benzine petrol on his body to burn himself to commit suicide to escape from the problem.

Reporter : Samart   Photo : Samart   Category : Community News

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