July 31, 2017

Nils Martin Sebastian Nilsson

Nils Martin Sebastian Nilsson

Police in Phuket believe a drug overdose to be the most likely cause of death of a 33-year-old Swedish man found dead in the bathroom of a house he was sharing with a female friend.

The friend, Kimberly Ficmar, an Australian woman telephoned the police around 21:30 on Monday night after she found the body of her Swedish friend, Nils Martin Sebastian Nilsson, on their bathroom floor. Police officers from Phuket Provincial Police Station and rescue workers at the Phuket Ruamjai Rescue Foundation responded to the distress call at Muu 4 in the Si Sunthon subdistrict.

“We found the body of Mr Nilsson on the floor just outside of the bathroom. His head was resting on a pillow and pointing towards the bathroom door. He was already dead when we arrived,” said deputy chief of investigations, Pol Lt Col Natapop Pongsaban, briefing The Phuket News.

According to the subsequent news article, Mr Nilsson, a surfing volunteer in Choeng Thale district, had an open laceration on his forehead and blood oozing from his nose. Pol Lt Col Natapop stated, “There were what appeared to be needle marks in the crook of his arm. We also found a soup spoon and a used syringe in a shoulder bag inside the bathroom.”

The initial report indicates that both drugs and drug paraphernalia were found at the scene: foil paper, a lighter and a small packet of white powder. Investigators also found asthma medication, a camera, a mobile phone, a key for a motorbike and its registration book amonst the victim’s belongings.

Ms Ficmar told police that she and Mr Nilsson had arrived at the house around 17:00 earlier that day. Both of them had been staying in the house while the female owner, a mutual friend, was overseas.

Ms Ficmar was on the computer on the first floor when, at 20:20, Mr Nilsson told her he was going to take a shower. When he had not come back downstairs more than one hour later, Ms Ficmar went to the bathroom to check on him. Pol Lt Col Natapop: “She found the door locked and was forced to use a spare key to open it. It then that she found his body. His hands were behind his back. She decided to move him outside the bathroom so she could administer first aid more easily.”

Interviewing friends of Mr Nilsson the following day, Pol Lt Col Natapop discovered that the Swedish man had a history of drug abuse. “Other people who knew him said he had appeared depressed since January when his mother died,” the investigator reported. He continued, “We strongly suspect that Mr Nilsson died of a drug overdose. However, we will wait for the results of the analysis of the white substance found in his bag and an autopsy report from Thalang Hospital before we can come to a conclusion,”

The Swedish Embassy has been informed of the death and forwarded the sad news to Mr Nilsson’s relatives.

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Case Details

Source The Phuket News
Date of Death: July 31, 2017
Last Edited: 7 months ago
Age: 33 years
Gender: Male
Nationality: Swedish
Cause of Death: Overdose
Province: Phuket
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