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The Australian mother of a 24-year-old man who died after a five-storey fall in Thailand hopes police reports will provide fresh evidence into his death, which she believes followed an assault.
Karen Edwards, whose son Nathan died at the Hilton Arcadia Hotel in Phuket on Valentine’s Day in 2010, said any new evidence would be passed on to the South Australian coroner and investigators.
Edwards had been working as a flight attendant for V Australia at the time of his death and had been scheduled to stay in Phuket for two nights.
Mrs Edwards, accompanied by a South Australian senator, Nick Xenophon, travelled to Thailand recently to receive the Phuket police files, which will enable the South Australian coroner to review the evidence.
Doubts have been raised over the official version of events into Mr Edward’s death: that he plunged from a balcony after attempting to enter the wrong room at the hotel from a night out with friends at the nearby Patong entertainment area.
Thai police reports said the guests in the room he attempted to enter called security but by the time it arrived he was dead.
Mrs Edwards told AAP that receiving the police file marked a major breakthrough.
“We have fought for three-and-a-half years to have the file released,” she said.
Mrs Edwards stands by her view that her son was assaulted before his fatal plunge.
Questions were also raised over hotel security when authorities later said CCTV footage had been accidentally erased.
The Thai police files are being translated at the Australian embassy in Bangkok before being sent to South Australia where the state’s coroner and crime investigation unit will “sift through for any new information that comes to light”.
“It’s been a long journey,” Mrs Edwards said.
“I hope (the file) will give us a few more answers. I have done all I can as a mother to get the file.
“All I hope is to get some answers.”
Mrs Edwards hopes other people who might have evidence will come forward with information.