June 29, 2017

Phillip Brown

A 71-year-old man changed his last Will and Testament which left everything to his Thai girlfriend. She broke up with him as a result and three months later, he was found dead after asphyxiating himself with a suicide bag in his Bangkok apartment.

At 15:10 on Thursday afternoon, a female landlord at Ratchada Chuanchom Mansion called 191 to report the death of her tenant. “She said she had found the body of a man, an elderly British national who worked in Bangkok,” said Pol Capt Banjong Rueangdaeng, deputy investigator at Phahonyothin Police Station, speaking to Thairath.

Superintendent Pol Col Yanyong Sandibrichawad, police officers and rescue volunteers of the Poh Teck Tung Foundation, were sent to an eight-storey apartment complex located on Soi 32 Ratchadaphisek Rd in Bangkok’s Chan Kasem subdistrict of Chatuchak district.

The woman who had called police earlier led the teams to room no. 350/124 on the eighth floor.

Describing the scene, investigator Pol Capt Banjong stated: “Even before we had entered the room, we could smell rotting and decay. Clearly, the man had been dead for several days. He was found face-down on the bed with a plastic bag over his head and wearing only underpants. On his left was a gas bottle containing nitrogen with a hose pipe through a small hole in the plastic bag.”

It was later determined that he had died of asphyxiation at least two or three days before he was discovered.


As forensic investigators began combing the scene, officers questioned Ubon Wonwong, the 30-year-old owner of the apartment. “She identified the man as Phillip Brown, aged 71. Apparently, he had been working in Bangkok for ten years as an IT employee,” said Pol Capt Banjong speaking the media. He added: “It appears that he recently told her he may soon die.”

According to Ms Ubon’s statement, approximately three months ago, Mr Brown had asked her to assist him in preparing a new and amended Will. At that particular time, he was living with his 58-year-old girlfriend and all his property and money had been left to her.

Ms Ubon’s statement continues: when Mr Brown told his girlfriend he had written her out of  his Will, the couple broke up. Despite the breakup, they kept in touch and his girlfriend continued to visited Mr Brown regularly at his apartment. Pol Capt Banjong revealed, “We have rung her many times, but no-one is answering her number.”

Talking about the case, Pol Capt Banjong made the following statement, “Based on the facts we have in hand, we have surmised, in our interim report, that Mr Brown’s death is most likely a suicide. However, the motive remains a mystery. We are trying to contact Mr Brown’s girlfriend for more information and will await for the result of the autopsy before we release our final report.”

The British Embassy in Bangkok has already been informed of the incident.

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Case Details

Source Thairath
Date of Death: June 29, 2017
Last Edited: 2 years ago
Age: 71 years
Gender: Male
Nationality: British
Cause of Death: Suicide
Province: Bangkok
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