Olivier Sylvain Pierre Soum
A marriage lasting two years ended in tragedy when a Thai woman broke up with her French husband. He hanged himself at their marital home.
Police arrived at their house in Bang Lamung district, Chon Buri district on Wednesday afternoon to find a young woman, Natanat Surarad, 23, kneeling over the body of a man covered with a white cloth. In floods of tears, she hugged and kissed him. It was her last goodbye.
The man was her husband, Olivier Sylvain Pierre Soum, a 45-year-old expatriate. The couple had been married for more than two years and were living together in house no. 45/41 inside the Royal View Village near Pattaya’s City Park.
Pol Lt Col Titad Darunjan, the lead inspector in this case reported,”We tried to speak with Mrs Natanat about what had happened, but it was very difficult,” reported , referring to the devastated and shocked state of the woman.
“Mrs Natanat told us that she and Mr Soum had been married for over two years but in the past few months, they had argued constantly – quarreling almost every day.” He gave no indication what their disagreement was about.
The quarrel became so frequent that Mrs Natanat decided to end their relationship and suggested they part company. “They both broke up yesterday evening. That night, Mr Soum had agreed to sleep on the couch in the living room. Before she went to bed herself, Mrs Natanat saw him on the couch watching TV.”
“It didn’t surprise her. She said she thought that Mr Soum was moving his clothes and other belongings to a new apartment, just like they had agreed on the night before. However, when she got up the next morning, he was already deceased”, Pol Lt Col Titad told the Thai-language online news website Daily News.
Farang Deaths was able to review the official police report which said that Mrs Natanat left the house at around 13:00 for work. When she opened the front door of their home, she was shocked to find Mr Soum hanging on the porch with a nylon rope tied around his neck affixed to a wooden beam under their roof.
“She immediately called the police, but it was too late, he was already dead when we arrived and untied him.” The duty medical examiner noted that the marks on his neck were consistent with those of self-strangulation; adding. “Besides this, he had no other injuries on his body. We also found valuables and other things that belonged to Mr Soum inside the house untouched.”
Due to the evidence and photographs officers took at the scene, police surmised that Mr Soum felt overwhelmed about his future and was not able to cope with the breakup. He made the decision to commit suicide that night.
An autopsy is scheduled at Police General Hospital in Bangkok and is expected to confirm the leading officer’s theory and report suicide as the reason for the death, police said. Police stated that the French Embassy in Bangkok has been notified of Mr Soum’s untimely death.
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