Man's death puts spotlight on access to 'ghost tower'

national December 08, 2014 01:00

By The Nation

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THE SWEDISH EMBASSY is verifying the identity of Swedish man who hung himself in an |abandoned high-rise in Bangkok, Yan Nawa police said yesterday.



Meanwhile, Sathon district officials will inspect the 43-storey Sathorn Unique Tower today to determine it is safe and whether its owners need to be instructed to enforce existing safety regulations.
The driver’s licence found on the body belonged to Styk Yohanne Kristian, who recently entered Thailand alone. The man had a number of pieces of rope with his normal clothes at the guesthouse where he stayed.
Kiattisak said Police are finding out more about his other possible motives leading him to hang |himself.
DNA verification on Kristian’s body is needed because of his badly decomposed body, beyond visual recognition compared to his |driver’s licence found on his body.
Yannawa police officer Lt-Colonel Sanchai Martkhamjan said that the building was a private |property and the police could only give cautions to those wanting to go inside or upstairs. Police have |summoned owners on many occasions to give them instructions about letting outsiders in.
Sathorn Unique Tower has been popular with people wishing to take photos of Bangkok from a high spot. Security guards hired by owners reportedly demand and pocket Bt100 from Thais and Bt200 from foreigners wishing to enter the building.
Acting Sathon district chief Chaowarit Songnawarat advised the owners to make it official if they wanted to make the building a tourist attraction. Chaowarit said he would ask the guards to be extra careful about people entering the building.

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