In a deeply disturbing incident, a British man has plunged 15 metres to his death at Bangkok Airport in an apparent suicide, allegedly after telling staff he had no money for a ticket.
According to reports in Britain’s Daily Mirror and the Bangkok Post, the victim, a 35-year-old from Northern Ireland, leapt from the arrivals hall at Gate Three at Suvarnabhumi International Airport on Thursday evening.
The Bangkok Post, which described the victim as a “down-on-his-luck Irishman”, said airport security staff had earlier prevented an apparent suicide attempt by the same man, when someone had spotted him allegedly trying to jump from Gate Eight.
Reports say he was taken to an office to await medical help but repeatedly asked to be allowed to smoke cigarettes. Eventually, the man said he did not have enough money to buy a ticket home, the Bangkok Post said. The ticket cost THB 22,000 (AUD 855).
The paper said police tried to help by contacting the UK embassy and the man’s relatives. During the fund-raising efforts, the man was monitored as he “continued to show symptoms of stress and anxiety”.
The man is reported to have gone outside for another cigarette and suddenly “bolted”. It’s unclear quite what transpired but the man fell shortly afterwards.
An investigation into the death is under way.
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Written by Peter Needham