Kitson Alexander Smith
Police in Bangkok are investigating the death of an elderly British businessman. The man, who often invited Thai men into his room, was found dead in his apartment several days after having an argument with a Thai lover boy.
Kitson Alexander Smith, 74, had been renting a room in the Silom City Resort in Bangkok’s Bang Rak district for two years, only minutes away from the red light district Patpong. Once a business school boss in Oxford, Mr Smith decided to spend his twilight years in Bangkok where he regularly invited younger Thai men into his room, The Sun reported.
On Thursday afternoon, July 19, a housekeeper discovered Mr Smith’s body in a pool of blood on his bedroom floor. The body was already in an advanced stage of decomposition; a medical examiner estimated that Mr Smith had died four to five days earlier. Apart from a pair of socks, Mr Smith was naked.
An officer of Bangkok’s Forensic Police who assisted in the recovery of the body said that he was in an “unusual state”. “Blood came out of a wound on his head.” However, even though it looks suspicious, the officer stressed that the injury also could have been caused by a fall or other accidents.
Officers from Thung Maha Mek Police Station inspected the room and found an unopened bottle of wine and a box which appeared to be a gift. “Mr Smith often stayed in this apartment, but he did not live there,” Lt Col Ittirat Lertsakul of Thung Maha Mek Police Station said.
Lt Col Ittirat continued: “He lived alone. He was known to have at least one Thai toy boy> lover in his thirties who regularly visited him in his room.” Staff at the condominium where Mr Smith had been staying revealed they had seen him arrive back in taxis late at night after visiting nearby bars and strip clubs.
“He went to Patpong a lot,” a worker at the block said about Mr Smith. “I worked at nights and often saw him come back with different men.” Some days ago, Mr Smith had a loud argument with someone, the worker told police. However, he did not know who it was nor what the quarrel was about.
Despite the evidence collected so far, police do not suspect foul play. “There are no bruises on Mr Smith’s body,” Lt Col Ittirat explained.
The case is still under investigation.
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