Wednesday, 2 March 2016

3/02/2016 06:28:00 am

1. An American citizen has been found dead in his home in Phuket’s Rawai subdistrict by a house maid.

Officers of Chalong Police Station were notified on February 29 at around 14:00 about a tourist who had passed away in his house in Soi Aree, Rawai subdistrict. Along with other investigators of Chalong Police Station, Pol Capt Wutiwat Liangbunjinda and rescue workers went to the scene to investigate the incident.

When they entered the room, they discovered the body of an American who was later identified as Stephen Francis Emma, 61, laying sideways on the sofa and only wearing bathrobe. Based on the condition of his skin and rigor mortis, medical staff estimated Mr Emma had been dead for at least two days.

Interrogations of the neighbors concluded that Mr Emma had been living for more than 10 years in this apartment. He house maid who found Mr Emma last called him on February 26, 19:00 to arrange cleaning service.

Neighbors told the police that he complained about constant pain shortly before his death but refused to seek medical help and instead treated himself with pain medication. Investigators also found out Mr Emma was a heavy drinker.

A post-mortem examination has been ordered to determine the cause of death and the American embassy has been notified about the case.

2. South Korean man held by police dies after jumping from Bangkok condo.

A South Korean, 41, has died after reportedly jumping from the car park of a Bangkok condo while he was in police custody police.

Pol. Maj. Parat Thongdonnoi told reporters that police had stopped the man at Major Ratchayothin Complex and asked to see his passport. The man told police he kept his passport at his condo located in the Chatuchak area of Bangkok.

Police then escorted the man back to the condo building to check for his passport.

As officers and the man walked through the car park of the condominium located on the 4th floor, he asked officers if he could go to the toilet.

The man is then said to have walked up to the barrier around the perimeter of the car park and jumped, falling to his death.

A search of the man’s room by police and Korean embassy officials later found an expired passport and driving license.

Police say they are continuing to investigate the incident and are working closely with officials from the Korean embassy.

3. Swiss man dies after choking on noodle soup in Jomtien.

A 58-year-old Swiss man died after choking on noodle soup, he was consuming at a Guest House off Jomtien Beach Road on Tuesday afternoon.

Police and rescue workers arrived at the Sabai Guest House in Soi 12 off Jomtien Beach Road, but were unable to save Mr. Ernst Albert Meier. Nearby was his Thai girlfriend, Khun Janjira aged 32.

The pair reside in Switzerland and had come to Thailand, less than 1 month ago, for a holiday. They went to consume noodle soup at their favorite eatery and Khun Janjira saw Mr. Meier collapse and he was clearly struggling to breath. She did her best to clear the noodles from his mouth and his false teeth, which were causing a further obstruction, but he passed-away.

It was noted that the victim also suffered from acute Asthma, which may have contributed to his death. A post-mortem examination will take place and the Swiss Embassy in Bangkok have been informed.

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