Wednesday, 26 July 2017

7/26/2017 02:41:00 pm
Canadian kickboxer Matthew Darling 

Richardson found dead in rental home.


Thailand's Muay Thai scene is in shock 

following the suicide of one of their foreign 


fighters. The Canadian had hanged himself in 


the bathroom of his apartment Monday.





The news of the suicide of Matthew Darling Richardson, 27, reached authorities on Monday morning at 10:20. 

“The girlfriend of the deceased notified us about the death of her foreign boyfriend who she had found in his apartment”.

Pol Capt Sininat Chuedchutdaraguntong, deputy investigator at Patong Provincial Police Station, recalled. Pol Capt Sininat and deputy investigator Pol Capt Seksan Bragabsin were assigned to investigate the case.



Dana Rae Schofield, Mr Matthew’s girlfriend of four years, had found the 27-year-old prizefighter originally from Ottawa after several attempts to contact him by phone remained unanswered. “Ms Dana went to his apartment to check on him,” Pol Capt Sininat described the events.

“Nobody answered the door, so she asked labourers working nearby to break the door open. She then found Mr Richardson’s body in the bathroom.”



Police released a photograph of the scene which shows Mr Richardson laying with his face down on the tiled floor in his bathroom only wearing black shorts. A black strap of a backpack was wrapped around his neck, Thai media reported. Police also found a knocked-over plastic stool in the bathroom in front of the door.



Pol Capt Sininat said Mr Richardson had been dead for at least two hours.

“It looks like Mr Richardson had strangled himself to death by wrapping the strap around his neck, attaching it to the door and tipping over the stool on which he was standing.”



First reports about his death said there were no signs of physical assault on his body or in one of the rooms. However, the following day, Pol Col Tassanai Orarigadech changed the statement and confirmed that there were indeed bruises on Mr Richardson’s body.



Based on the injuries and newly emerged information, Pol Col Tassanai did not want to rule out the possibility that Mr Richardson might have been a murder victim.

“After receiving some information about the case, I do not want to conclude that he committed suicide,”

Pol Col Tassanai told The Phuket News on Tuesday. Whether the bruises were a sign of an attack or merely the result of previous Muay Thai matches has now to be determined by Surat Thani Hospital on the mainland, he said.

“We need this forensic report so that we can know the exact cause of death in this case.”



Mr Richardson, a Canadian citizen with Jamaican roots, had become a promising figure in Phuket’s Muay Thai scene. While living in Phuket for five years, he was well-known for participating in high-level Muay Thai competitions, including MX Muay Extreme and cage fighting. The kickboxer had been living alone in a rented apartment on Hasippi Rd in Patong subdistrict, Kathu district. Mr Richardson and Ms Schofield also owned a gym specialising in Muay Thai fighting in Phuket.

Mr Richardson was known to be a skilled boxer with 22 wins out of 33 fights. His last fight had been in Malaysia on July 18.

At this stage, police refused to reveal any possible motivation for Mr Richardson’s death but said that the Canadian embassy has already contacted his relatives. Four days before his death, he posted a message in English and Thai on his Facebook profile saying “Thank you for everything Ajarn Chaynoi! Safe travels & see you soon!



Source: Torontosun

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