A 57-year-old French retiree committed suicide by jumping from the balcony of his apartment on the 21st floor in Bangkok on Tuesday morning.
Police, who were notified of the incident at 7:45, found the lifeless body of Pierre-Louis Chute (57) on the driveway in front of the Salintara Condominium. With its 40 storeys, the condominium, which is located on the brink of Chao Phraya River in Soi Salin Thara in the Bang Khlo subdistrict, is one of the highest buildings in the area.
“The body showed several fractures,” Pol Capt Rueangsit Mueangaeo of Watprayakrai Police Station described the severe injuries Mr Chute had sustained during the impact. Wearing a short-sleeved black shirt and black and green pyjama shorts, the most visible injuries of Mr Chute were his broken arms and legs.
The investigation into the case revealed that Mr Chute used to work at an international oil company based in France. He retired more than ten years ago and had been living in Thailand ever since. “Mr Chute lived alone in room 21mw on the 21st floor,” Pol Capt Rueangsit told the press. “We inspected his apartment but found no signs of foul play.”
However, police discovered and bagged several pharmaceutical drugs, among them medication against anxiety and depression. This led police to conclude that Mr Chute might have had a mental condition that could have played a role in Mr Chute’s suicide.
“However, we have to wait for the autopsy result before we can investigate the case further,” Pol Capt Rueangsit said. The autopsy is going to be conducted at King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital in Bangkok. The French Embassy was notified of Mr Chute’s death.
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