John Edward Charles Toms
Financial problems drove a 68-year-old British man to leap to his death from his balcony at a Pattaya condominium.
Narita Daosi, the man’s 49-year-old wife notified Mueang Pattaya Provincial Police of the incident around 01:00 early on Wednesday morning. She identified the deceased as John Edward Charles Toms.
The suspected suicide took place at the Lumpini Ville Naklua Wongamat condominium in Chon Buri’s Na Kluea subdistrict Pol Lt Col Gamon Apbagarat later confirmed.
As Pol Lt Col Gamon, who serves as the lead inspector for this case, explained to Thai media representatives the following afternoon: “We arrived at around 01:20 and found the body of a dead man lying in the swimming pool area on the 5th floor.”
Wearing only shorts and a t-shirt, Mr Toms, who hails from Wales and moved to Pattaya in 2011, was lying with his face down on the concrete floor. A medical examiner from Pattaya Memorial Hospital reported: “His legs and arms were broken, and he had sustained at least one fracture to his skull – causing blood to pool around his head.”
Mrs Narita had been married to Mr Toms for two years. She told investigating officers that her husband had wracked up a debt of more than 2.5 million baht after the divorce of his former Thai woman whom he regularly “showered with gifts”. She explained, “He lost all of his life savings.”
Mr Toms had met his former wife, Tanyaporn Donsagun, in late 2012 at a bar in Pattaya, Chon Buri province. Only one month later, the two were married and here began a marriage in which money played the major role.
According to the The Sun newspaper in the UK, Mr Toms had been “forced to sell his belongings in order to keep up with his wife alimony each month.” The report goes on to say that Mr Toms received a pension of roughly 48,700 baht (1,136 GBP) per month, but was eventually forced to borrow money from friends because he had already spent all of his life savings.
It appears that Mr Toms bought his ex-wife a car, a business and furnished her home in Khon Kaen. In the end, he started working as an English teacher in order to make ends meet.
In 2018, six years after the marriage, Mr Tom took steps to end the relationship and filed for divorce. Thai media reported that he was due to travel to Khon Kaen to finalise the divorce just days after his death.
However, Mrs Narita told police that her husband was “very worried about the outcome” and believed that “corrupt judges would conspire against him”, leaving him penniless. During this time, Mrs Narita, who runs a coffee shop in Pattaya and owns a house in Bang Khae, Bangkok, ended up supporting her husband financially.
Police believe that pressure from his financial situation drove Mr Toms to leap from the 18th floor where he and his wife shared a flat: no. 106. A statement by Mrs Narita seemed to confirmed the officers’ suspicion: “In the last two or three days, he often went on the balcony and looked down,” she said. “I never imagined that he was playing with the idea of jumping off.”
Even though the evidence collected so far is conclusive, Pol Lt Col Gamon reminded that the investigation is still ongoing. “We still have to talk to other key persons in this case including Mrs Tanyaporn, who is currently living in Norway with a Norwegian man.”
An autopsy will be conducted at Police General Hospital in Bangkok so that an official death certificate can be issued to relatives. Farang Deaths was informed that the British Embassy had already been notified of the death.
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