Sang Jong Lee
It should have been the beginning of a new life – but instead, ended in tragedy. Only one week after he arrived to work in Thailand, a South Korean Samsung employee fell from the 37th floor of his Pattaya condominium.
The body of Sang Jong Lee, a 40-year-old national from South Korea, was found lying in a pool of blood next to the set of stairs leading to the swimming pool at the back of the Park Beach Condominium, a 42-storey apartment complex in Soi Na Kluea 16, located 200 metres from Wong Amat Beach in Nakluea subdistrict of Chon Buri province.
Pol Lt Patananan Somnuan, a Deputy Investigator at Mueang Pattaya Provincial Police Station was notified of the incident between 03:30 and 04:00 early Wednesday morning. Describing the scene to Thai media, he said: “We found the body face-down in the area between the two stairs. It was naked and badly disfigured. The victim’s limbs were broken and he had a fractured his skull.”
A member of staff working at the condominium told police that he had heard a thud coming from the back entrance of the building in the early hours of the morning. He sent one of the security guards to see what had caused the sound. The guard discovered Mr Lee’s mangled body and immediately called the police.
Further investigation into his death gives the case a tragic backstory. “Staff told us that the Mr Lee moved into the apartment on June 20, just eight days before his death,” Pol Lt Patananan said. “He wanted to start a new life and was sent to work for Samsung in Pattaya. The only thing he was missing was his wife who was supposed to leave South Korea in a few weeks time to join her husband in Pattaya.”
Sadly, Mr Lee’s new life took a tragic turn on the night of the incident. Investigators revealed that security guards at the condominium remembered seeing the victim returning to the apartment and going to his room 3707 shortly before his death. Pol Lt Patananan said, “The guards said that he appeared to be quite drunk and the next time anyone saw Mr Lee was after he plunged from his balcony.”
Police are ruling the death as an accident unless new evidence comes to light. They collected several of his personal belongings and contacted the South Korean Embassy whose job it is to inform his wife of the tragic news. A coroner at Bang Lamung Hospitalis is expected to conduct a post mortem and record the official cause of death before releasing Mr Lee’s body for rapatriation.
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