Pattaya, the 30th of December 2009 [PDN]: Police Lieutenant Colonel Supphachai Phuikaewkham (Pattaya police investigator) received a report at approximately 8:00pm on Wednesday that an unknown foreign man had died in his room at Srida Place, Soi Chalermprakiet 10, Pattaya. A team of police along with rescue officers from the Sawang Boriboon Foundation rushed to the scene to investigate.
When police arrived they were confronted with the dead body of Mr. Gary Stephen Armitage , a British national from Arbroath in the United Kingdom. Mr. Armitage was lying on the floor face up with a clenched fist and bottle of whiskey lying nearby. The television was still on and Mr. Armitage was clothed in a pair of black shorts.
Officers interrogated the cleaning maid that found the deceased, Miss Aranya Ratchapol , who explained that she believed Mr. Armitage had been suffering from a fatal, debilitating lung disease and as a result drank heavily everyday despite his doctors’ advice to refrain from alcohol. She further stated that she came to clean his room everyday, however; on this particular occasion the door to his room was left open and she subsequently found Mr. Armitage lying dead on the floor, at which point Miss Ratchapol declared that she immediately contacted the police.
An investigation of the room uncovered no sign of a struggle and the body of the deceased did not appear to have any injuries suggesting an assault had taken place. Investigators completed finger printing on the deceased and sent his body for autopsy in order to determine the cause of death. Officers will now inform the British embassy of Mr. Armitage’s death so that any family may be notified.
Police presumed at present that the cause of death is a result of his heavy drinking contrary to medical advice, or possibly the result of a sudden heart attack.