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A Swedish man has been found dead in a disused restaurant just days after he was involved in a dispute over an accident.
The decomposing body of Daniel Moore [transliterated], 56, was found in premises that were used by him and his wife from Buriram to sell Isaan food in Phang Nga, southern Thailand, reported Daily News.
Police were alerted to a foul smell emanating from the premises of the “Saeng Chan” restaurant in Borirakbamrung Road where a for sale sign had been posted for the last three months.
They broke into the property that was locked from inside and found the deceased in a bedroom. The body was sent for autopsy.
Local police discovered that the Swede lived there with his Thai wife and they had opened the restaurant together. But they were preparing to go back to Sweden together and had already shipped items to Europe and prepared documents.
Last week the wife had gone to Buriram to visit her mother and after she had failed to get in touch with her husband for several days she phoned a neighbor to check up on him. The neighbor detected the smell and alerted police.
It later emerged that the Swede had had an accident on Saturday when the three wheel motorcycle he was riding had collided with a passenger vehicle. Daniel was found to be over the alcohol limit.
The owner of the vehicle had asked for 30,000 baht in damages but Daniel had bargained this down to 3,000 baht saying he had little money. Police had made a date to discuss and resolve the matter at the station and let Daniel go home.
Police surmised that he may have died from internal injuries sustained in the accident or complications as a result of being drunk.