German man dies in apparent suicide
A 43-year-old German resident in Bangkok was found dead at his Lard Prao house Wednesday afternoon after he told his Thai wife to go to a temple to make merit on Makha Bucha Day.
The wife, Kanyakorn Huadbamrung, 21, told police that she returned home from a temple to find Helmut Alfred Breidenaged had already killed himself by covering his head with a plastic bed and lying down on his bed. She said her husband was under tension after he had financial difficulty.
Pol Lt Chol Yingmaenwad, an investigator of Chokechai police station, was alerted of the death at 5:30 pm. He rushed to the scene with scientific crime detection officials, a forensic doctor from the Police Hospital and Portektueng Foundation rescuers.
They found Breidenaged lying inside a bedroom on the second floor of a 3-storey townhouse on Soi Lad Prao 71 in Lad Prao district. He was wearing a t-shirt in saffron color with black strips and black trousers.
His head was covered with a black plastic bag that was tied around his neck with adhesive tape.
Police did not find any trace of fighting or theft. A note in handwriting was found in front of the dressing mirror, saying: “Som, I love you and the kids. You are the best in my life. I am sorry. Joe”.
The wife told police that she has been living with the German man for four years. She has two children from the old marriage and he took good care of them as well.
She said Breidenaged has broken up with his first Thai wife whom he also had a child. He has also been paying supporting allowance to his child and his first Thai wife.
Kanyakorn said her husband was a computer programmer and had a firm with friends in Germany. But recently, he complained that the firm had financial difficulty. She said he gave his last Bt200 in cash to her to make merit at the temple.