Partner questioned after Austrian man ‘falls’ from Pattaya condo

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Austrian Johann Benz Wien died after plunging from the eighth floor of his Pattaya condominium.

An Austrian man died after plunging from the eighth floor of a Pattaya condominium.

The body of Johann Benz, 58, from Vienna was found outside Building B of the unidentified Thappraya Road condo complex Jan. 8.



Benz’s partner, Somphoth Chanthavong, 34, said both men were drunk and got into an argument, during which Benz threatened to commit suicide.

Benz’s partner, Somphoth Chanthavong, 34, said both men were drunk and got into an argument and threatened to commit suicide.

As Benz had threatened to kill himself twice before, Somphoth said he didn’t believe his lover until he saw him on the balcony perched to jump. Somphoth tried to pull him back from the ledge, but Benz weighed too much and fell, he said.

Police took the Thai man in for further questioning.




Somphoth said he didn’t believe his lover until he saw him on the balcony perched to jump.