Raymond Charles Britland
The suicide of an American husband and father has shocked a gated community in Chon Buri province. The man bled to death after slashing his wrist.
Somapon Britland, the 46-year-old wife of the deceased, discovered her husband’s body covered in blood in their bathroom when she returned home from work and immediately called the authorities. His visibly distraught wife, son and other relatives were waiting in front of their house at 1/70 Mu Ban Nathikan Park View for officers from Nong Prue Provincial Police Station shortly after the discovery of Raymond Charles Britland, aged 69.
Located in the Pong subdistrict of Bang Lamung district in Chon Buri province, the single-storey house was the home of Mr Britland, his wife and their son. They had been married for over 18 years, police said.
Mrs Somapon led police to the bathroom where she had made the gruesome discovery. lead investigator Pol Lt Col Winai Horian stated: “We found Mr Britland’s body in the shower. There was a lot of blood on both the floor and walls. He had a deep cut on his left wrist.”
A razor blade was found next to his body and a medical examiner confirmed that the victim had exsanguinated (bled out). Police said, Mr Britland had bled to death around five hours before they arrived by slicing the radial artery on his forarm.
An inspection of the bathroom and other rooms in the house did not indicate that a crime had been committed. Upon questioning, Mr Britland’s wife revealed that, in recent years, her husband had been suffering from a series of illnesses including diabetes and a heart disease.
A tearful Mrs Somapon told Pol Lt Col Winai: “Raymond often went to Pattaya International Hospital for treatment, but always said that his condition hadn’t improve at all. When his medical bills started to pile up, he became more and more depressed. I was worried, but I never thought that he would harm himself.”
Making a statement later, Pol Lt Col Winai said, “It is likely that Mr Britland decided to take his life to avoid being a financial burden to his family.”
Rescue volunteers took 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,” saidPol Lt Col Winai.
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