Hans Rudolf Schmidt
A 63-year-old Swiss man died after drinking an entire bottle of whisky alone inside his condominium room in Chon Buri’s Mueang district late Friday night.
His Thai girlfriend, who wished to remain unnamed, told police that she returned from working in another province at 00:30 early Saturday morning. She then found Hans Rudolf Schmidt, 63, from Switzerland sitting unconsciously on the balcony of his room on the 12th floor of the EAK condominium.
“She told us that she dragged him onto the bed hoping he would recover,” Pol Lt Gamuwan Dangsurad of Mueang Chon Buri Provincial Police Station told reporters. “But she then realised that Mr Schmidt was already dead.”
According to Mr Schmidt’s girlfriend, the two had been living together for five years in their apartment in Bang Pla subdistrict. On Thursday, April 20, she left to work in another province.
When police inspected the room on Saturday morning, they discovered two bottles of whisky. “One was empty; the other one had about one-fourth left”, Pol Lt Gamuwan said.
Investigating officer Pol Lt Gamuwan revealed that Mr Schmidt had complained to his girlfriend about financial problems. “He also had a heart condition,” Pol Lt Gamuwan said.
In a statement issued by Mueang Chon Buri Provincial Police Station, police stated that they did not find any traces of foul play in the room. Apart from a scratch on his wrist, Mr Schmidt’s body showed no visible signs of an injury.
Mangon Chon Buri rescue workers brought Mr Schmidt’s body to Chon Buri Hospital where a post-mortem examination has been scheduled.
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