A British tourist plunged 90 meters to his death in a mystery fall from a 36th-floor apartment. Detectives are investigating how John Knotts, of Blaydon in Gateshead, came to fall from the Sky Beach Condominium in North Pattaya.
John Westgarth, a friend of Mr Knotts, revealed that the 49-year-old had gone to the country to see a girlfriend he had met previously and had emailed to say he had missed his flight home. Mr Westgarth responded by email and told his friend about the dangers of his lifestyle and warned him he was “heading for a big fall.” A day later he was told Mr Knotts had died. He died at around 22:00 on February 18.
Thai newspapers reported that Mr Knotts had been to a Chinese New Year Party with his girlfriend Khun Kullaya, 47, before he fell from the apartment. He went to Thailand on January 7 to see his girlfriend and the couple had planned a trip to Bangkok to get her a visa.
Mr Knotts was only supposed to be away for 28 days and was due back on February 3, but missed his flight and never returned.
Local newspaper Pattaya One reported that his girlfriend had suffered facial injuries and he was in financial difficulty, with his home in Newcastle about to be repossessed. Detectives are continuing to investigate the circumstances of Mr Knotts’ death.
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