Police in Udon Thani are trying to connect the dots in an apparent falling accident of a British tourist. He died after plunging from his apartment balcony on the 4th floor.
A sudden thud coming from the parking lot of the Top Mansion in Udon Thani’s Mak Khaeng subdistrict at 04:45 early Wednesday morning made one of the apartment building’s security guards suspicious. “We thought a signboard had fallen off,” Pichit Burawad, 44, remembered.
When Mr Pichit and the receptionist of the building went around the building to see what had caused the strange sound, they quickly realised that they were wrong. “On the ground of the parking area, we discovered the body of a foreigner,” Mr Pichit told Pol Lt Ginyotin Sapsin, an investigator from Mueang Udon Thani Provincial Police Station.
The man, who police later identified as Mr Stuart Railton, 54, from England, lay dead on the asphalt next to the building, a pool of blood surrounding his head. A forensic doctor from Udon Thani Hospital who accompanied the officers briefly examined the body and noted fractures to the neck, skull and the left arm.
“We inspected room no. 420 on the 4th floor where Mr Railton had been staying,” Pol Lt Ginyotin said. Officers did not find any traces of violence but noted a significant amount of urine on the balcony. “We believe that the deceased was drunk and fell while he was urinating on or from the balcony,” the investigator speculated.
Police also found two bottles of an unknown pharmaceutical drug in the fridge and collected them as evidence. “We’re going to send the bottles to the lab to determine what kind of medicine it contains,” Pol Lt Ginyotin added.
Further questioning of the Top Mansion staff revealed that Mr Railton was a frequent visitor of a karaoke bar in Soi Samphan Thamit. “On the day of the incident, Mr Railton came back alone from the bar at around 03:20 and went up to his room as usual,” Pol Lt Ginyotin said.
Rescue workers of the Songsaroem Udon Thani Foundation brought the body to Udon Thani Hospital to establish the official cause of death. Police have contacted the British Embassy in Bangkok and reported the tragic accident.
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