A wheelchair-bound retiree from France shot himself in his house in Kamalasai, Kalasin province. Police believe the suicide was motivated by the man’s deteriorating health.
The body of Sean Marie, a 69-year-old man from France, was discovered by his wife at 18:00 on Saturday evening. Kalasin Provincial Police Station confirmed the incident, adding that neighbours called the police after hearing a gunshot coming from his house in Kamalasai subdistrict, Kamala province.
Police found the dead man in a wheelchair with a single gunshot wound to his forehead. “We did not find any signs of a struggle,” Pol Capt Narung Wonsina told Thai media representatives. “However, we found a handgun calibre .357 on the floor nearby and an empty cartridge case. It all looked like a suicide.”
The assumption was even more convincing when superintendent Pol Col Sutep Chanasit of Kamalasai police questioned Mr Marie’s wife, 41-year-old Gingaeo Chonbunrueang. “She told us that Mr Marie had given her money to buy groceries as normal before shooting himself.” But instead of the usual 1000 baht, Mr Marie handed her his whole wallet. “She didn’t suspect anything,” Pol Col Sutep said.
Not long after Mrs Gingaeo had left the house, neighbours heard a loud noise resembling a gunshot and informed the police. Deputy investigator learned that Mr Marie had been suffering from a series of diseases which caused him to fall into a depression. Not long before turning the gun on himself, Mr Marie’s legs became weaker, forcing him to a wheelchair.
Police believe that the feeling of hopelessness over his physical condition including a heart disease made Mr Marie drove him to the decision to take his life. “Mrs Gingaeo told us that her husband regularly complained about his ailments would never go away and made his life unbearable.”
Investigators assumed that Mr Marie’s death was self-inflicted but said their investigation has not yet been completed. After a brief examination, doctors at Kamalasai Hospital where rescue volunteers had transported the body confirmed the diseases. However, before the case can be officially closed, police said they would wait for results of the full autopsy.
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