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Belgian man dies after second attempt from Pattaya condo building


A Belgian national has died after his second attempt at jumping from a condo in Pattaya yesterday morning. Nation Thailand reports that the 52 year old, named only as “Kris”, was successful in his second suicide attempt.

It’s understood the man initially jumped from the condo’s second floor but after hitting the ground, was still alive, albeit with injuries. A security guard working at the premises says he was unable to stop the Belgian from running back up for a second attempt. The tragedy occurred at around 4.30am in the district of Bang Lamung.

Police and rescue workers arrived to find the Belgian man’s body on the ground. It’s believed the man hit a garage roof during his fall as the roof was broken.

The scene has been cordoned off while the police investigate and the man’s body has been taken to the Police General Hospital Institute of Forensic Medicine in Bangkok, where an autopsy will be carried out.

Nation Thailand reports that the condo building’s caretaker, 45 year old Chananchida Changwatdee, says the Belgian may have been suffering from stress as he was battling several chronic illnesses.

Meanwhile, some local residents are saying the condo building is “cursed”, pointing out that an 81 year old French man also jumped to his death from the same building. It’s understood that he too was struggling with chronic health conditions.

If you or anyone you know is in emotional distress, the Samaritans of Thailand can be contacted 24 hours a day on the following hotline numbers: 02 713 6791 (English) and 02 713 6793 (Thai). The Thai Mental Health Hotline can be reached on 1323 (Thai).

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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