A German man seemingly lay in an unconscious drunken stupor on a pavement in front of a pharmacy. For three hours, passersby thought he must be drunk and so, left him alone. In fact, he was dead.
The sad incident occurred at 3:30 in the early morning of Wednesday, September 5 in front of a drug store at 10/9 Soi Wat Bunkanchanaram. A shop owner had informed Pattaya Provincial Police Station of the death of a foreign man. Pol Capt Wattana Bradit, additional officers and rescue volunteers went out to investigate the scene.
“We found the man laying on his back in front of a closed drug store,” Pol Capt Wattana told Manager Online>. He was wearing a white t-shirt and white shorts with black stripes on it. “No signs of violence or injuries were found,” he added.
A brief medical examination estimated that the man, who was later identified as Frank Breiter, a 56-year-old German, had been dead for approximately three hours before police arrived. Why it took three hours for him to be discovered alongside a busy road in the centre of Pattaya was answered by Ganjana Chomchuen, a 31-year-old food stall owner.
She told police officers that she had seen Mr Breiter earlier while she was selling food in front of a convenience store nearby. “He was leaning against a metal pole near the pharmacy and appeared quite drunk,” she recalled. “That’s why people thought he was sobering up when he passed out.”
Ms Ganjana did not realise that she was the last person to see Mr Breiter alive. “Before I prepared to go home, I went over to check on him,” she said. “But I couldn’t wake him up.”
Investigating officer Pol Capt Wattana reported that an empty asthma> spray was found in the pocket of the deceased. “We assume that he went to the pharmacy to buy a new one only to find out it was closed.” He then had a seizure and died, Pol Capt Wattana said.
A forensic examination is scheduled to find out if the officer’s theory is correct or whether Mr Breiter died of a different cause. Meanwhile, authorities have contacted the German Embassy in Bangkok to report the incident.
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