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Distraught Frenchman Hangs Himself in his Pattaya Home after Breakup with Thai Wife

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PATTAYA – Police and rescue workers were called to a house in Bang Lamung district, Chon Buri district on Wednesday afternoon after the wife of 45 year-old Frenchman Olivier Sylvain Pierre Soum, reported that he had hing himself after an argument the night before.

Pol Lt Col Titad Darunjan said Mrs Natanat told us that she and Mr Soum had been married for over two years. But in the past months, she said, they often argued with each other. They almost quarreled every day.”

The quarrel became so much that Mrs Natanat and Mr Soum eventually decided to end their relationship and part ways.

“They both broke up Tuesday evening. That night, Mr Soum had agreed to sleep on the couch in the living room. Before she went to bed herself, Mrs Natanat saw him on the couch watching TV.”

When she got up the next morning, her Mr Soum was gone, she told police that thought that Mr Soum was moving his clothes and other belongings to a new apartment, just like they had agreed on the night before.”

When she opened the front door of their home, she was shocked to find Mr Soum hanged on the porch with a nylon rope tied around his neck and fixed to a wooden beam under the roof.

“She immediately notified the officials, but it was too late, he was already dead when we arrived and untied him.”

The marks on his neck were consistent with those of self-strangulation, the on-duty medical examiner noted. “Besides this, he had no other injuries on his body. We also found valuables and other things that belonged to Mr Soum in the house.”

Due to the evidence and photographs officers took at the scene, police are certain that Mr Soum had not become a victim of crime but was, in fact, not able to cope with the breakup and made the decision to commit suicide.

An autopsy scheduled at Police General Hospital in Bangkok will most likely confirm the officer’s theory and include it as the official cause of death on his death certificate, police said. Police also mentioned that the French Embassy in Bangkok has already been notified of Mr Soum’s death.

Source: Farang Deaths, Postjung

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