Raymond Charles Britland
The suicide of a 69-year-old American husband and father has shocked a gated community in Chon Buri province. The man had bled to death after slashing his wrist.
Standing in front of their house at 1/70 Mu Ban Nathikan Park View, the visibly distraught wife, son and other relatives were waiting when officers from Nong Prue Provincial Police Station arrived on the scene. Somapon Britland, the 46-year-old wife of the deceased, had called the authorities after she discovered the body of her husband, Raymond Charles Britland, covered in blood in the bathroom when she returned home from work.
The one-storey house, which is located in the Pong subdistrict of Bang Lamung district in Chon Buri province, was the home of Mr Britland, his wife and their son. Mrs Somapon and Mr Britland had been married for over 18 years, police said.
Mrs Somapon led police to the bathroom where she earlier had made the gruesome discovery. “We found Mr Britland’s body in the shower,” lead investigator Pol Lt Col Winai Horian confirmed. “There was a lot of blood on the floor and the walls. He had a deep cut on his left wrist.”
The wound, a medical examiner quickly found out, was the reason for the American’s death. Using a razor blade that was found next to his body, Mr Britland cut his wrist and sliced the radial artery that led to the loss of a massive amount of blood. Mr Britland, police said, bled to death around five hours before officers arrived.
The inspection of the bathroom and other rooms in the house did not show any signs that a crime might have taken place, police revealed. Pol Lt Col Winai questioned Mr Britland’s wife and found out that he had been suffering from a series of illnesses within the last years, including diabetes and a heart disease.
“Raymond often went to Pattaya International Hospital for treatment but always said that his condition didn’t improve at all,” Mrs Britland told Pol Lt Col Winai according to the official police report. When medical bills started to pile up, Mr Britland became more and more depressed, she said in tears. “I was worried, but I never thought that he would harm himself.”
“It is likely that Mr Britland had decided to take his life to not be a financial burden for his family,” Pol Lt Col Winai speculated. Meanwhile, rescue volunteers brought the body to Pattaya International Hospital for an official autopsy. “We have already contacted the US Embassy in Bangkok to inform them of the death of Mr Britland,” Pol Lt Col Winai said.
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