Dave Mitchell British tourist throws Thai wife, Sukanda off 7th floor balcony after becoming agitated over Thailand coronavirus lockdown. Woman survives.
Dave Mitchell, 46, was detained yesterday after his partner, Sukanda, 56, plunged from the seventh floor of the apartment block in Rayong, eastern Thailand.
Fortunately the woman survived after only falling between one and two levels and landing on a protruding roof from a building opposite, local media reports.
Paramedics arrived and treated the injured woman at the scene. She reportedly told police that her English husband had thrown her over the balcony while they were arguing.
The distressed woman was still conscious and rushed to hospital on a stretched to be treated for her injuries.
Officers spent more than two hours trying to talk round the bare-chested and heavily-tattooed Brit, who’d barricaded himself inside the apartment overlooking the sea.
Mitchell was filmed (see below) sitting on the white balcony with his hands clasped together while appearing to pray.
Neighbors eventually helped police to force their way into the room and the man was arrested.
Police said that the injured wife is being kept in hospital after suffering a fractured hip and dislocated arm in the fall.
He was allegedly agitated at having to stay in the apartment all the time – complying with Thailand’s strict travel ban, 10pm curfew and closure of bars – and had begun arguing with Sukanda.
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Police Major Narongsak Trairat, Deputy Governor of the Ban Chang district police station, said officers were now waiting to interview the wife according to the dailymail.
He said: ‘The emergency call was made at approximately 2:30pm reporting that a foreigner was quarreling with his Thai wife.
‘They said that the wife fell down from the condo on the seventh floor and was badly injured, while the foreigner was on the balcony and suffering with insanity.’
The police chief said that they found neighbors in the apartment block to communicate with the Brit and after two hours he started to relax.
Police Major Narongsak added: ‘The English man said that he started arguing with his wife because he was stressed that he was locked down and could not go back to the country because of the pandemic.
‘Police officers detained the suspect at the Ban Chang police station and waited for him to calm himself before investigating and collecting evidence for further proceedings.’
The daughter of the abused Thai woman identified as Ruetairat Phutadduang has since said she would press charges against her mother’s British husband.
The incident follows incoming passenger flights being banned earlier month, with the ban since extended until the end of May. Several flights have been available sporadically for stranded Brits to return home, but once they leave they are not able to get back into Thailand indefinitely.