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Retired British businessman falls to his death from his 18th floor apartment in Thailand hours after divorcing his Thai wife


John Toms, 68, a retired businessman from Wales, was found dead in Thailand
He fell 18 storeys from a block of flats and was found by girlfriend Naritha
Death came just hours after signing divorce papers with ex-wife Thanyaporn, 55
Police are investigating but think his death was a suicide ‘due to personal issues’
A retired British businessman plunged 18 floors to his death on Wednesday after his Thai wife divorced him.
John Toms, 68, a father-of-one from Wales, was found sprawled on the pavement in a pool of blood outside an apartment building in the city of Pattaya around 1am.
Just hours earlier he had signed divorce papers with former partner Thanyaporn, 55, who had found a younger partner.
Mr Toms returned home with Naritha Daosri, 49, his new girlfriend, before telling her that he was going to sit out on the balcony.
Naritha said she went to check on him around 1am but was horrified to find him sprawled on the ground next to a communal swimming pool.
She called emergency services, and Mr Toms was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police are now investigating, but believe John killed himself ‘due to personal issues’.
Grief-stricken Naritha said: ‘Today we went out to rent a car. John went to the court to file papers to divorce his ex-wife.
‘The last two or three days, John liked to sit on the balcony a lot. Intuitively I felt something wasn’t right and I was watching him closely.’
Naritha said she went out in the early hours of the morning to the balcony and saw John’s body below. He had landed on the fifth floor mezzanine.
She added: ‘I can’t believe he has done this. I thought we were going to spend so much more time together.’
John had a business registered in the UK with his former wife, Thanyaporn. They had one teenage daughter together. Their shop, named Sawasdee Thai Fashion Jewellery, sold imported goods.
Police say that the British Embassy has been informed.
Major Kamon Apararat at Pattaya City Police Station, said: ‘Initially, the police recorded images of the scene as evidence. The body was also sent to the forensic hospital for examination.
‘The cause is presumed to be suicide due personal problems. We believe that this is why he jumped from the building.’ MD – EP

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