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Briton found dead in bathroom in Ubon

A British national was found dead in a bathroom at a house in Muang district of this northeastern province on Saturday night, police said.

When police and a doctor from Sappasitprasong Hospital arrived at the house in tambon Rai Noy shortly after midnight, they found the man, identified as Timothy Hoffmans, 33, lying face down in the bathroom, wearing a short-sleeved grey shirt and a pair of grey shorts.

He was believed to have died 4-5 hours previously. No traces of a struggle were found.

His father, Richard Ivan, 75, said through an interpreter that he is married to a Thai woman and has lived in Thailand for about 10 years. Two weeks ago his son, Timothy, arrived in Thailand to take care of him after he became depressed.

Mr Ivan said he last talked to his son at about 6 pm on Saturday before he went to sleep in his room in the same house. At the time, his Thai wife was away on a trip to Bangkok.

Later, at about 10.30 pm, he went to his son’s room and knocked on the door. When there was no answer, he entered the room and found his son lying dead in the bathroom. He left the house on a motorcycle and asked a neighbour to call police, Mr Ivan said.

The police said the cause of Mr Hoffmans’ death was not immediately known pending a post-mortem examination.