July 8, 2016

Stefan D’hondt

A Belgium man killed himself in a rather unconventional way through inert helium gas asphyxiation in his Bangkok apartment Friday evening.

The incident happened at the Poonchock Mansion in Soi Phahon Yothin 23, located in Lad Yao subdistrict, Chatuchak district.Deputy investigator Pol Capt Vorapon Mondri of Phahon Yothin Police Station was informed of the death of a foreign national at around 23:00 and moved out to investigate the scene.

Also, present at the scene were superintendent Pol Col Narat Munlasatsatorn, Pol Lt Col Komsan Bordigan, deputy superintendent of investigations. Along with them, officers from the Scientific Crime Detection Division and a medical examiner from Police Hospital, who were supported by volunteers from Poh Teck Tung Foundation.

After gaining access to room 1011 on the tenth floor, they found the body of D’hondt D’hondt, 37, a Belgian citizen, lying on the bed. A decay scent indicated that the man must have been dead for three or four days, doctors concluded.

In an official report, police documented that he was only wearing grey shorts. An empty garbage bag was put over his head under which a plastic tube was placed connected to a helium gas tank containing 250 litres.Investigators believe that Mr D’hondt committed suicide through inert gas asphyxiation, a method that leads a deadly deprivation of oxygen without suffering the sense of suffocation. It is

Investigators believe that Mr D’hondt committed suicide through inert gas asphyxiation, a method that leads a deadly deprivation of oxygen without suffering the sense of suffocation. It is also known as so-called “suicide bags” which were widely used during the 1990s mostly in North America.

The caretaker of the apartment told police that Mr D’hondt often complained about the pain caused by a liver disease. He also had a Thai girlfriend, but they had not been in contact for a while.

At this stage, police investigators assume Mr D’hondt might have decided to end his life because of his health condition which seemed to be unbearable. Royal Thai Police is going to inform the Belgian Embassy in Bangkok so that they can contact the relatives of Mr D’hondt.

Case Details

Source Thairath
Date of Death: July 8, 2016
Last Edited: 10 months ago
Age: 37 years
Gender: Male
Nationality: Belgian
Cause of Death: Suicide
Province: Bangkok
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