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Koh Samui man kills himself with power saw in front of his kids



PHOTO: Thai caption reads: Suicide by circular saw - Na Naew

Police and rescue teams on Koh Samui were confronted with a grim scene after reports that a father of two had committed suicide. The young man, identified only as “Phairat,” aged 35, had used a circular saw to cut his throat in a carpentry workshop, in front of his five year old son and four year old daughter.

Na Naew reported on the tragic story which was told to reporters by the victim’s mother, Sai, who lives close by.

56 year old Sai related that her son had two children with his wife, Sunisa, but when Sunisa began a job as a golf caddy they began arguing frequently, which ultimatelly led to them splitting up about a month ago.

On Wednesday night Phairat went to visit his mother with the two children and asked her to make look after them in the future. She says knew he was very depressed over the breakup, but didn’t believe he would take his own life.

Phairat took the children with him to the workshop. Sai says she heard the sound of the circular saw starting up and thought he was back at work.

Moments later the children came running to her house screaming that their daddy had hurt himself and there was blood.

If you or anyone you know is in emotional distress, please contact the Samaritans of Thailand 24-hour hotline: 02 713 6791 (English), 02 713 6793 (Thai) or the Thai Mental Health Hotline at 1323 (Thai).

SOURCES: thaivisa |Na Naew


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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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