Japanese Businessman Plunges Down To His Death

(25 October) A Japanese national has reportedly jumped off the balcony of an apartment building in Chonburi province to his death.

The incident took place at a condominium in Sri Racha district. At the scene the police found the body of the victim, who was identified as Mr. Hendo, a 37 year old Japanese national. He was said to be a manager of a firm in the nearby industrial estate.

The police also found a photo of Mr. Hendo with a woman and a boy – believed to be his wife and child – in the locket worn by the victim.

Mr. Manote Charoensuk, 45, a personal driver of Mr. Hendo, told police he was waiting at the condominium ground floor to pick up Mr. Hendo to work when he heard about a man plunging from the building. Mr. Manote said he rushed to the scene and recognised his employer, so he immediately called the staff at his company.

He also told police he believed Mr. Hendo could not have committed suicide off the building as he never showed his stress.

However, police said they had inspected CCTV footages in the building which reportedly showed Mr. Hendo leaving his room at 05.45 and heading to the outdoor swimming pool on 6th floor, where he took the plunge to his death.

The Embassy of Japan has been informed about the incident, police added.

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