June 15, 2017

Henri Paul Jean Melot

In Phuket, a French expatriate recently diagnosed with cancer, was found dead at his home with a stab wound to his chest. Police ruled the death as a suicide. Lead investigator, Pol Capt Brasert Tongponhom, confirmed the discovery and identified the man as Henri Paul Jean Melot, an 81-year-old retired doctor from Morlaix in France.

Officers of Kamala Provincial Police Station discovered his body slumped in a chair in his living room after being notified at 10:45 on Thursday morning. Despite a knife found sticking out of the left side of his chest, police do not think that Mr Melot had been involved in a crime or struggle. Instead, they surmise the retired doctor inflicted the wound himself as a means of committing suicide. “Since there were no signs of a struggle, we suspect that Mr Melot had stabbed himself with a view to ending his own life,” Pol Capt Brasert told The Phuket News.

Mr Melot’s body was found in a chair next to his computer and TV which were both still switched on. He was wearing black underpants, but nothing else. Forensic police estimated that the deceased had been dead for no longer than four hours prior the arrival of the investigation team.

Rescue workers sent the body to Patong Hospital to conduct a post mortem. Pol Capt Brasert stated, “We have contacted the French Embassy and informed them of Mr Melot’s death.”

Further investigation has revealed that Mr Merlot had been living in his house at 32/13 Mu 3 in Phuket’s Kamala subdistrict with his 52-year-old wife, Mrs Chaloermsi Merlot, for about 20 years. She told police she would have been in the house at the time of her husband’s death.

The Phuket News contacted Mrs Merlot who described the circumstances of her husband’s death in detail. “About three to four months ago, he was diagnosed with lung cancer. I asked him to have surgery, but he refused, saying that he wanted to die in his own bed.” Shortly after this discussion, they agreed to hire a nurse to help take care of him.

According to her account, both Mrs Merlot and his nurse were inside the house. “It was a typical morning,” she explained. “We both woke up at around 09:00, and the nurse was cleaning the bedroom when a friend of mine stopped by to visit.”

She continued, “I went to open the door to my friend and saw my husband sitting on a chair in front of his computer. I was outside for less than five minutes when I heard his chair make a strange scraping noise”.

When she went back into the house to see what had happened, her husband was waving his arms. Assuming he was asking for help to go to the toilet, she went to get his walker. At the same time, the nurse went into Mr Merlot’s room and was shocked to find a knife sticking in his chest.

An article on khontai.com which was shared on Facebook claimed that Mr Merlot became depressed as a result of his diagnosis and bleak prognosis. He even talked about committing suicide either by overdosing on sleeping drugs or by stabbing himself with a knife: an intention he clearly followed through with.

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Case Details

Source The Phuket News
Date of Death: June 15, 2017
Last Edited: 1 year ago
Age: 81 years
Gender: Male
Nationality: French
Cause of Death: Suicide
Province: Phuket
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