BANKGOK – September 16, 2012 [PDN]; a report of a foreigner’s suicide attempt was received by Pol. Capt. Arthit Jantha, Deputy Inspector, Thonglor police station, Bangkok.
He rushed to the scene with the rescue officer Por Tek Teung of the office of Protection and Relief Public Disaster, Bangkok.
The foreigner had jumped from the top of the 10-story Srijinda mansion building, Soi Sukhumvit 22 Tambon and Amphur Klongteuy, Bangkok. He had landed on the 3rd-floor rooftop deck of a 7-Eleven shop, branch Soi Sukhumvit 22.
Police arriving on the scene discovered the victim lying on the roof deck of the 7-Eleven. He was wearing a long-sleeve black shirt and blue jeans. The man was crying out in pain from his injuries that included a wound on his knee. A roofing overhang from a storage room that he had apparently clipped during his descent had broken off and fallen on his body.
The victim was identified as Mr. Uvey Chamidees, age 59, nationality German. The rescue officer hurried to bring his body down from the deck and sent him to the police hospital.
Police questioned a witness, Mr. Thawat Chalongjan, age 69, an employee of the Crown hotel, where Mr. Uvey had been renting a room. The hotel is at the beginning of Soi Sukhumvit 29, and near the Srijinda mansion where the suicide attempt occurred.
Mr. Thawat said that Mr. Uvey had rented the room alone at the hotel since September 10, and paid for the rental fee of 440 THB every day. The German man usually always went out during evening and got drunk alone, returning to his room late at night.
On September 14, Mr. Thawat saw Mr. Uvey came back with two Thai women. All of them went up to his room for a while. Later he saw the two woman running from the hotel, and they were being chased by Mr. Uvey, who was wearing only a towel.
Mr. Uvey and told the hotel staff that the Thai women had just stolen 6,000 THB. On the day of the suicide attempt, Mr. Uvey man had packed his stuff and checked out of the hotel at 9:30 a.m., Mr. Thawat said.
Later in the afternoon, someone said a foreigner had snuck up to the 10th floor of the Srijinda mansion building and jumped off, landing on the roof of the 7-Eleven shop. So he ran to see, and notified the police when he saw the fallen German.
Police initially assumed that Mr. Uvey had gotten despondent over his stolen money and could not solve the problem, so he decided to jump off the building to commit suicide.