One of Pattaya’s View Talay condominiums has once again become the scene of a suicide after a 23-year-old student on an internship in Thailand ended his life by jumping off the 15th floor.
An alert security guard at the View Talay 5 condominium on Jomtien Beach in Chon Buri’s Nong Phrue subdistrict, called emergency services to report the death of a man whom he had found in front of the building. Deputy investigator Pol Lt Gewalisiri Pasuktonpaisan accepted the call at 02:30 early Thursday morning and sent officers from Mueang Pattaya Provincial Police Station to investigate the incident.
When police and rescuers arrived, security guards led them to the body of a dead Asian male. Pol Lt Gewalisiri, who is leading the investigation, described the scene: “The man was lying on the concrete barrier at the entrance leading into the parking garage,” she said. “He was deceased when we arrived.”
police later confirmed that Jamin Lee, 23, had died from impact injuries. Describing the condition of the body, Pol Lt Gewalisiri stated: “Both of his legs were broken and his teeth shattered. His skull was fractured and there was a great deal of blood everywhere.” Shoes found near the body, thought to belonging to Mr Lee were bagged as evidence.
A black Honda Jazz which was parked less than ten metres from where the body was found showed evident that Mr Lee had initially landed on the vehicle before being thrown on to the concrete wall where he was eventually found.
A report posted by Hot News Chonburi TV Online on Wedneday, 2. August 2017:
While more and more onlookers gathered around the scene to stare at the dead body, rescue workers of the Sawang Boriboon Foundation covered the corpse and carried it to an ambulance. Meanwhile, Pol Lt Gewalisiri questioned Lek Brasatsit, the 51-year-old security guard who had earlier called the police and who was the only person near the site of the impact at the time of the incident.
His statement recounts the moment prior to the discovery of Mr Lee’s body: “I was on my inspection tour around the building when I suddenly heard a loud noise that sounded like something had fallen to the ground. I went to fetch a colleague and together, we went to look for the source of the sound. We were both shocked to find a dead body.”
The hotel has provided proof that Mr Lee had rented an apartment at the condominium and stayed in room no. 634 on the 15th floor. Police have viewed CCTV footage showing the victim leaving his room, walking up to the 22nd floor, and suddenly leaping from the top of the building.
“We also found out that Mr Lee had been in Thailand for an internship at a company in the area,” Pol Lt Gewalisiri said. “We have sent his body to Bang Lamung Hospital where an autopsy is going to be conducted to determine whether his fall was an accident or whether his body show any signs of a struggle.”
Mr Lee is not the first foreigner to have died at one of the seven View Talay condominiums in Pattaya. The last incident involved a 26-year-old Russian on March 2017. Furthermore, Thai media reported the death of a German expatriate who had fallen from the 8th floor of the View Talay 3 condominium in October 2016.
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