Adrian John McKinnon Flinn
Within only one week, a second foreigner took his life by jumping from the balcony of his hotel room in Bangkok. The Australian was 49 years old.
A hotel guest had alerted the police about the apparent suicide at around 09:00 Saturday morning. “We were dispatched to the 28-storey-high Pantip Suites hotel in Sathon Soi 1”, Pol Lt Chaloempan Pusommai, who works as a deputy investigator at Thung Maha Mek Police Station in the district, confirmed the case.
Along with additional police officers, emergency doctors from King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital and rescue volunteers from the Ruam Katanyu Rescue Foundation, Pol Lt Chaloempan arrived at the hotel. “We found the body of Mr Adrian John McKinnon Flinn (name transcribed from Thai) on the balcony of another unit some storeys below,” the investigator said.
This makes him the second foreigner who has committed suicide by jumping from a building in Bangkok in only one week. Three days earlier, an 84-year-old American decided to jump from his apartment in Thong Lo.
Police went into the building and entered room 203 on the 2nd floor. Mr Flinn, who was already dead at the time emergency physicians arrived, was laying on the balcony and had his eyes covered with a black sleeping mask. He was also dressed in black V-neck t-shirt and black trousers. Shows were not found on the scene, Pol Lt Chaloempan noted.
“He was laying face down in a pool of blood with a severe skull fracture. His hands were smashed, and both of his legs were visibly broken,” Pol Lt Chaloempan described Mr Flinn’s condition. His body was sent to King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital for a more detailed list of the Australian’s injuries.
Pol Col Akwut Tanirat, chief of Thung Maha Mek Police Station, interviewed the woman who was also staying on the 2nd floor. “She said that she heard something falling early Saturday morning but didn’t come out to check right away. When she did go to her balcony at around 08:00, she saw the body,” Pol Col Akwut quoted the hotel guest.
Police said that Mr Finn had checked in on February 4 and was due to check out on March 4. In his room 1802 on the 18th floor, investigators did not find any evidence that a crime had taken place. “However,” Pol Col Akwut said, “we found a farewell letter on the table written to his Steven Flinn, his brother.”
At this time, police believe that Mr Flinn had jumped voluntarily. However, the investigation is still ongoing, and police are awaiting the results of the post-mortem examination and an interview with Steven Flinn. The Australian Embassy in Bangkok has been made aware of the apparent suicide.
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