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British man jumps to his death from Phuket hospital

PHOTO: Thalang Police

A British national has jumped to his death from the Phuket hospital where he was being treated for multiple self-inflicted knife wounds on his arms and legs.

The Phuket News reports that staff at Thalang Hospital, in the central/north of the island, found the body of the 69 year old patient yesterday morning, December 18. His name is being withheld until next-of-kin have been informed by the local Consulate.

It’s understood the man had been admitted to the hospital on Saturday, December 16, after he slashed his arms and legs with a knife in an apparent suicide attempt. He had received 34 stitches and was staying in a ground floor room, where staff  believed him to be until they found his body in the early hours of Monday morning.

The hospital notified Thalang Police at around 4.10am, with officers alerting police chief Nikorn Chuthong. Police arrived at the scene to find the man’s body on the ground outside a staff dormitory building.

Police believe the man left his room and walked to the dormitory building, where he climbed to the fourth floor and jumped to his death. The British Embassy in Bangkok is liaising with the man’s family, with a post-mortem being carried out to confirm the cause of death.

If you or anyone you know is in emotional distress, please contact the Samaritans of Thailand 24-hour hotline: 02 713 6791 (English), 02 713 6793 (Thai) or the Thai Mental Health Hotline at 1323 (Thai).

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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