Russian teacher falls to death from shopping mall car park

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A Russian teacher jumped from the roof of a car park at a major shopping mall this morning in Phuket. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

At 8.39am, officers at Wichit Police Station were informed that a foreigner had fallen from the car park at a shopping mall in the Mueang district. Police rushed to the scene with doctors from Vachira Phuket Hospital and rescue workers from Phuket Charity Foundation.

Police found the body of 32 year old Roman Shubenin lying in a pool of blood on the cement floor, reports 77Koaded. He was wearing a floral T-shirt, black shorts, and a brown belt. His right shoulder was broken and his skull was bleeding.

Police examined CCTV to find that Shubenin walked up to the shopping mall from a village about 400 metres away, walked up to the car park roof where he sat down on the ledge and leaned backward.

Security guards heard a loud sound and ran over to find Shubenin breathing and bleeding heavily on the floor. The security guards called for first aid and an ambulance however the teacher succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

Police say that Shubenin was a Russian language teacher living in Phuket’s Wichit subdistrict with his sister and his sister’s partner.

The deceased’s younger sister told the police that she doesn’t know whether her brother was under any stress. Police have launched an investigation into Shubenin’s death.

At the time of the incident, the mall had not yet opened up to customers. Police cordoned off the area with barriers and tape to prevent anyone from entering.

Shubenin’s body was taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital to undergo an autopsy. Police have contacted the Russian Embassy in Thailand to notify the deceased’s relatives and arrange for his body to be collected once the autopsy is complete.

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Leah is a translator and news writer for the Thaiger. Leah studied East Asian Religions and Thai Studies at the University of Leeds and Chiang Mai University. Leah covers crime, politics, environment, human rights, entertainment, travel and culture in Thailand and southeast Asia.