Briton talked down from balcony after frenzy

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A British man acting erratically had to be coaxed from his second story balcony after going into a rage a few days before he was due to return home.

Police were called around 8:30 a.m. to the Pradabyat Apartments on Soi Sukhumvit 42 Jan. 7 where they found David John Riding, 59, sitting on the railing of the porch holding a two-meter-long metal bar in one hand and metal tongs in the other.

It took police about 30 minutes to persuade him to put the objects down and go back inside.

Ridings’s girlfriend, Jutamas Lekdee, 36 from Phetchabun Province, said she rented the apartment and that Riding would come visit and stay with her once a year. He was scheduled to leave again within a few days.

It took police about 30 minutes to persuade David John Riding to go back inside.It took police about 30 minutes to persuade David John Riding to go back inside.

She said they had been in bed when Riding squeezed her extremely hard. Once she extricated herself, he jumped up, grabbed a bag of jewelry close to his chest then smashed a few bottles before running out on the balcony with the metal objects, all the while talking to himself.

She said the Briton had not been drinking and had never acted that way before.

Riding was taken first to Pattaya Police Station for questioning before being transported to Banglamung Hospital for a checkup.