A man hanged himself in his house in Samut Sakhon province on Friday evening after making a suicide threat to his estranged wife via a Line chat message, police said.
The Krathumban Police Station was alerted at 6.30pm to the death of Warat Maphu, 26, the son of the owner of a house in Tambon Tha Mai in Krathumban district .
A doctor determined that he had died about one or two hours earlier.
The man's wife, Sureechai Roschoom, 23, sobbed and told police that she had received a chat message via Line from Warat that he would commit suicide if she did not return home. Sureechai said she had left him and gone to stay with her father a week ago after Warat allegedly became jealous and abusive and often beat her up.
Sureechai said Warat suffered an accident a year ago and broke his leg after which he was unemployed.
Sureechai said Warat became jealous and feared that she would have a new husband and often quarrelled with her, prompting her to move out.
Sureechai said Warat sent a lot of Line messages to her, asking her to return home and promising to behave well. She said she was planning to return but wanted to make sure her husband really loved her and would not become abusive again.