Friday, 20 February 2015


Falls from hotel balconies appear to be an increasingly common occurrence. There have been many more, usually ascribed to suicide, since I listed these.

1.  From the Samu Times

“British man dies in YET ANOTHER Pattaya balcony fall 30.5.2014.

“Unbelievably yet another person has lost their life falling off a balcony. In
the early hours of Thursday morning, police and paramedics were pattaya hilton
hotel called to the Pattaya Hilton Hotel that is above the Central Festival
plaza on Pattaya beach after receiving reports that a man had fallen from one of
the top floors onto a 2nd floor balcony.

“The deceased was identified as Mr. George Alexander Coogan Bright, a 24 year
old man from Swindon in the UK. The victim was decapitated, it is thought during
the fall, when he struck the 2nd floor balcony.

“Limited details were found at the scene and it is unclear as to whether his
death was suicide or foul play. The man’s body was taken to the morgue at
Banglamung Hospital and investigators documented the crime scene.”

2.  Coconuts Bangkok  January 27, 2014 / 09:24 ICT

“CEO of Tata ‘apparently’ falls to death from Bangkok hotel
One has to but read the daily reports of tragic, fatal falls to realize that
somewhere behind its hazardous roads, hotel balconies and windows are especially
lethal in Thailand.

Most recently, the chief executive officer of Indian automotive giant Tata
Motors died yesterday after apparently falling at a hotel in Bangkok where he
was attending a board meeting, a company spokeswoman and reports said.

“Tata Motors deeply regrets to announce the untimely and tragic demise of its
Managing Director, Karl Slym, in Bangkok earlier today,” the company said in a
statement. “Karl Slym was in Bangkok to attend a meeting of the Board of
Directors of Tata Motors Thailand Ltd.”

Thailand is one of several countries with Tata factories.

Slym, 51, died in a fall, Tata spokeswoman Minari Shah told AFP, but declined to
give further details, saying a post mortem examination was likely to be
conducted on Monday.

According to the Press Trust of India news agency, Slym seemed to have fallen
from a high floor of the hotel building.

The Economic Times reported that he accidentally lost his balance and fell.

The Briton had been Tata’s managing director since joining the country’s leading
automotive group in 2012. He had led Tata’s operations in India and
international markets, excluding the Jaguar and Land Rover businesses.

Tata chairman Cyrus P Mistry paid tribute to Slym, “a valued colleague who was
providing strong leadership at a challenging time for the Indian auto industry”.

“In this hour of grief, our thoughts are with Karl’s wife and family,” Mistry
said in a statement.

Slym, a graduate of Stanford University, had previously been executive vice
president of SGMW Motors, China, a General Motors joint venture, and been
president of General Motors in India.

Tata Motors, part of the giant steel-to-software Tata Group, reported in
November its quarterly net profit surged by a surprise 71 percent, as a stellar
performance by its British luxury marque Jaguar Land Rover offset a dive in
domestic sales.

The vehicle giant, which also makes the low-cost Nano hatchback, reported its
consolidated second-quarter net profit climbed to 35.42 billion rupees ($558
million) from 20.75 billion rupees a year earlier.

Story: AFP

3.  “The Advertiser” 18/12/2013
Hitchin man dies after fall from hotel balcony in Thailand
PRS Hotel, Pattaya

“A HITCHIN man has died after falling from a third floor balcony of a hotel
resort in Thailand.
Satpal Singh Binag, 35, Redhill Road, died on December 6 after falling at the
PRS Hotel in Pattaya.
Ampthill Coroner’s Court heard this morning (Wednesday, December 18) that Mr
Binag had been suffering from depression and told his wife he was flying to
Thailand saying he needed a break.
On December 6 he was seen on hotel CCTV on the balcony of his hotel room when he
suddenly jumped and landed on the concrete below sustaining fatal injuries.
He was taken to the Pattaya Memorial Hospital but died shortly afterwards.
Hotel employees said he’d been staying there for about a month.
At the opening of the inquest, his cause of death was listed as having suffered
brain lacerations, a skull fracture, and a fall. A full inquest will be held on
May 21 next year.

4.  Cambodian in fatal fall at new condominium in North Pattaya
Posted on June 26, 2013 at 4:41 pm

“A 19 year old Cambodian construction worker fell 20 floors down an elevator
shaft at a condominium currently under construction in North Pattaya, on
Wednesday afternoon.
Police and rescue services were called to the Wong Amat Tower in Soi 16 off the
Naklua Road to deal with the incident which resulted in the loss of life.

Mr. Tee, the victim, was reportedly working on the installation of an emergency
ladder which was being installed inside the elevator shaft and is thought to
have fallen from the 29th to the 9th floor causing his immediate death.

Police are investigating the accident and are in discussions with the
construction company at this time as they consider possible criminal action
against them.

5.  Pattaya Daily News
“Aussie’s Fatal Fall May Have Been Accident 1.5.2013
“A 45-year-old Australian fell to his death from the 21st floor of his rented
Jomtien condo. Medication for depression was found in his room. But police said
he may have lost his balance while standing on a chair to take photos from his

6.  Unknown Foreigner Killed In Fall At Jomtien Hotel

“PATTAYA – February 20, 2013 [PDN]: At 7:30 a.m., a report of a man killed after
falling from a Jomtien hotel was received by Pol. Maj. Capt. Nakornrat
Nonseerat, the detective officer of the shift of Pattaya police station,
sub-branch Dongtarl. He went to check the scene with the rescuers from
Sawangboriboon Thammasatharn foundation Pattaya.
The 5-star, 38-story hotel is located on soi Jomtien 14. At the 5th floor
swimming pool deck, police found the body of the victim, his nationality and
name unknown. He appeared to be in his late 50s, and his left wrist had a tattoo
of a cartoon wolf.
The man appeared to have fallen from a great height. His body was like jelly and
brain fragments had scattered on the ground. Police recovered his cellphone at
the scene, which they kept for evidence.
The hotel security guard told police he had heard the sound of something big
hitting the ground during the night. But when he walked around to check, he did
not see anything. However, he discovered the man’s body in the morning and
called the police.
Police recorded all the witness testimonies, and asked the hotel staff check
their guest records to check for the identity and personal information about the
victim. The man’s body was sent to Banglamung hospital to perform an autopsy.
Police will inform the embassy when they learn his identity.”

7.  Tourist in fatal hotel plunge Published: 2 Jan 2013

“A 21-year-old Australian tourist who had sought treatment for mental illness
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8.  “No One To Blame In Death of Diplomat’s Daughter Feb 9, 2011

“Last summer Nicole John, the 17-year-old daughter of then-Ambassador to
Thailand Eric John, fell 22 stories to her death from an apartment in Midtown.
Yesterday related charges against Ilan Nassimi, the 25-year-old whose apartment
she fell from, were dropped. Though John may have been drinking at Nassimi’s
home she had also been drinking earlier that night at Tenjune. That fact, along
with the two fake IDs she had on her, made it hard for lawyers to prove that
Nassimi had been serving booze to minors.
As for why Nicole John fell out of the window in the first place, the prevailing
theory is that she was trying to take a photo of the Empire State Building and
didn’t realize in her inebriated state there was not a terrace outside for her
to stand on. When she got outside around 4:14 a.m. on August 27 she apparently
lost her footing and fell.
Had charges against Nassimi been placed, he would have faced up to a year in

9.  Briton falls to his death at hotel
By The Nation
Samut Prakan 24.8.2010

A British man fell to his death at the Novotel Suvarnabhumi Hotel, within
Suvarnabhumi Airport compound, yesterday morning, police said.

The body of James Edwards Smith, 30, was found at the back of the hotel with
cuts to his hands and a fatal head wound.

He had checked in on Saturday to the hotel’s VIP room 2245 on the second floor.

Smith reportedly went to the rooftop on the eighth floor before climbing down
the building’s glass windows until he reached the fourth floor when he fell.
Police suspect the wounds were from cuts sustained while climbing down. Police
will speak to his relatives for more information.


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