Confirmed Farang deaths:
Suicide, unknow, accident and poor mental health.
1. Raymond Charles Britland
Standing in front of their house at 1/70 Mu Ban Nathikan Park View, the visibly distraught wife, son and other relatives were waiting when officers from Nong Prue Provincial Police Station arrived on the scene. Somapon Britland, the 46-year-old wife of the deceased, had called the authorities after she discovered the body of her husband, Raymond Charles Britland, covered in blood in the bathroom when she returned home from work.
The one-storey house, which is located in the Pong subdistrict of Bang Lamung district in Chon Buri province, was the home of Mr Britland, his wife and their son. Mrs Somapon and Mr Britland had been married for over 18 years, police said.
Mrs Somapon led police to the bathroom where she earlier had made the gruesome discovery. “We found Mr Britland’s body in the shower,” lead investigator Pol Lt Col Winai Horian confirmed. “There was a lot of blood on the floor and the walls. He had a deep cut on his left wrist.”
The wound, a medical examiner quickly found out, was the reason for the American’s death. Using a razor blade that was found next to his body, Mr Britland cut his wrist and sliced the radial artery that led to the loss of a massive amount of blood. Mr Britland, police said, bled to death around five hours before officers arrived.
The inspection of the bathroom and other rooms in the house did not show any signs that a crime might have taken place, police revealed. Pol Lt Col Winai questioned Mr Britland’s wife and found out that he had been suffering from a series of illnesses within the last years, including diabetes and a heart disease.
“Raymond often went to Pattaya International Hospital for treatment but always said that his condition didn’t improve at all,” Mrs Britland told Pol Lt Col Winai according to the official police report. When medical bills started to pile up, Mr Britland became more and more depressed, she said in tears. “I was worried, but I never thought that he would harm himself.”
“It is likely that Mr Britland had decided to take his life to not be a financial burden for his family,” Pol Lt Col Winai speculated. Meanwhile, rescue volunteers brought 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,” Pol Lt Col Winai said.
Norwegian was found dead next to the swimming pool of his house. Police consider the death to be an accident.
The body of Per Nordbø, a 59-year-old man from Norway, was found by his 41-year-old wife on the morning of Friday, April 5. “Mrs Nordbø told us that he had already been dead when she saw him,” an officer at Nang Rong Provincial Police Station confirmed.
Shortly later, officers and rescue workers arrived at the house at 113 Mu 13 in Nong Bot subdistrict of Buriram province. They briefly examined the body and discovered an injury: “Mr Nordbø had a bleeding laceration on his forehead that had created a small pool of blood on the ground,” the officer noted, adding that this could have been caused by a fall. He died at least five hours earlier, police said.
Mrs Nordbø, the only witness, told police that her husband had left the house to catch some air because he had trouble falling asleep. “This was at around 1:00, she told us.” When she woke up and went to the back of the house, she found Mr Nordbø laying dead next to the swimming pool and realised that he had died already.
The Thai newspaper Khaosod where the accident was published quoted police who assumed that “Mr Nordbø had suffered a shock and drowned”. However, it was not explained how he could have drowned when his body was found outside of the pool. According to his wife, Mr Nordbø also suffered from a series health conditions that police did not elaborate any further.
3. Mesaha Toupou
Heartbroken Foreigner Starves Himself To Death.
A 62-year-old foreigner passed away on Saturday in a Bangkok hospital where he was receiving treatment for malnutrition and dehydration.
Rescue Volunteers from the Yothin863 Foundation found the man, identified as Mesaha Toupou, in an upstairs room at his house in Pathum Thani after neighbours alerted authorities concerned for his well being.
It was reported the house was in an abandoned state with no water supply after it had been cut off several months ago due to unpaid bills.
The man was found to be in a very poor state of health and was taken to Thammasat University Hospital in the early hours of Saturday morning where he was said to be suffering from malnutrition, dehydration and low blood pressure.
He later died from water in the pericardium.
Neighburs told police the man had become a recluse after his girlfriend had left him some time ago, seldom venturing out and they believed he was suicidal.
The relevant authorities were contacted regarding the death and the body sent for an autopsy.
4. Ms Sophie Anderson
Pregnant Brit Killed By 18 Wheeler In Phuket
A 41-year-old British tourist who was six months pregnant was killed on Monday afternoon in Phuket when the bike she was riding pillion on collided with a truck.
The woman, identified as Ms Sophie Anderson, from Blackpool, England, died at the scene of the accident on Thepkrasattri Road just after midday.
She had been riding on the bike with her partner, and father of the unborn child, 30-year-old Danny Glass, also from England.
Eyewitnesses told police the bike pulled out to pass a parked car and collided with the 18-wheeler.
Ms Anderson was crushed to death by the tuck after she fell underneath it while Mr Glass suffered only minor injuries.
The truck driver fled the scene although a short time later he surrendered to police.
Mr Glass was being treated for shock and the British Embassy informed of the death. Police have said they will carry out a thorough investigation before deciding if any charges are to be filled.