One of Pattaya’s View Talay condominiums has again become the scene of suicide after a 23-year-old student on an internship in Thailand ended his life by jumping off the 15th floor.
Lek Brasatsit, a 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 who he had found in front of the building. Deputy investigator Pol Lt Gewalisiri Pasuktonpaisan, who had accepted the call at 02:30 early Thursday morning, and additional officers from Mueang Pattaya Provincial Police Station were dispatched to investigate the scene.
When police and rescuers arrived, security guards led them to an area outside the parking garage where they found the body of a dead Asian male. Pol Lt Gewalisiri, who is leading the investigation, described the scene: “The man was laying on the concrete barrier of the entrance leading into the parking garage,” she said. “He had already died when we arrived.”
Wearing black shorts and a black t-shirt, the man, who police later identified as 23-year-old Jamin Lee, had died of the severe injuries he had sustained during the impact, investigator Pol Lt Gewalisiri concluded:. “Both of his legs were broken, and his teeth were shattered. The skull was fractured and was bleeding profusely, spreading all over the ground.” Shoes found near the body 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 numerous dents. Police assumed that Mr Lee had impacted on the car and was then catapulted against the concrete wall of the garage entrance.
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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 with a shroud 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.
“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,” Mr Lek told police. “A colleague and I went to the location where I had heard the sound and was shocked to see the body of a dead person.” He immediately called the police.
Further investigation into the case revealed that Mr Lee had rented an apartment at the condominium and stayed in room no. 634 on the 15th floor. Later that day, police viewed CCTV footage which showed Mr Lee leaving his room and walking up to the 22nd floor before 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 not an act of suicide but a merely an accident.”
Mr Lee is not the first foreigner who died after plunging down from one of the seven View Talay condominiums in Pattaya. The most recent incident involved a 26-year-old from Russian who jumped from View Talay 8 in March 2017. In October 2016, Thai media reported the death of a German expatriate who had fallen from the 8th floor of the View Talay 3 condominium.
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