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A Scottish man was found hanged inside a Patong hotel room in Soi Sansabai this morning (Sept 24) when he failed to check out on time. Police have yet to rule the case as suicide.
At 8:30am, Kathu Pol arrived at the Bangkok Residence Hotel in Soi Sansabai after being called by hotel staff who had reported that a Scottish tourist had been found hanging inside his room.
The victim’s name is being withheld until the embassy and his family have been notified.
Police said they found the body of the 45-year-old from Edinburgh hanging from an iPad charger tied to a clothes rail in a wardrobe.
Lt Col Jongserm Preecha from Kathu police said, “There are no signs of assault, robbery or foul play in the room. We found B6,000 inside the victim’s wallet and found his passport under a pile of clothes he had left on the bed.”
Police were told by hotel staff that at 8:20am the victim’s friend, who was staying in the next room, called the maid to open the door because the victim did not answer his phone and there was no answer when he knocked on the door.
Staff opened the door but it was chained from inside. They forced it opened and found the body of the victim hanging near the door.
The staff said that the two men had checked in to the hotel on Monday (Sept 21) and were due to check out at 9am today.
The body was taken to Patong Hospital and police are contacting the embassy and questioning the victim’s friend whose name police declined to reveal.
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