Student jumps to his death after killing partner

Student jumps to his death after killing partner

A 23-year-old university student jumped to his death from an outdoor deck of an apartment building in Bangkok’s Bang Kapi district on Sunday morning after allegedly killing another male student with whom he was in a relationship.

Police found the body of Sarawut Sangkarn, a fourth-year student at a private university in Bang Kapi, lying on the ground at the bottom of a nine-storey building on Happy Land Road in Khlong Chan area, said Pol Lt Pongthep Sangpan, a duty officer at Lat Phrao police station.

Sarawut, who was wearing a white T-shirt and blue boxer shorts, suffered a fractured skull, broken left arm, broken left leg and broken neck, Thai media reported.

When the officers went to his room on the fifth floor, they found the body of his roommate lying dead in a pool of blood.

The victim, identified as Thanwat Chat-in, 21, a second-year student at the same university, had stab wounds to his chest, back and the back of his head. The student had also suffered a knife wound to his neck. A 5-inch knife was found inside the room.

A friend of the two men told police that the pair had been in a special relationship for four years. They had lived in the room since February, but often quarreled. 

Before the tragedy, Sarawut had sent a message via Facebook to him around 3am on Sunday, but he was sleeping at the time.

He saw the message at 7am that read, "Come and knock on my door. If there is no response, force the door open." After reading the message, the friend said he immediately left his room on the ninth floor of the same building and went to the victim's room.

When he arrived at the room, he knocked on the door and Sarawut replied that he was taking a bath. The friend said he waited at the stairs near the room. 

Soon after, Sarawut emerged from the room with blood on his T-shirt, and immediately went to the floor deck and jumped to his death, said his friend.

A source said Sarawut had left messages on Thanwat’s Facebook that he loved him forever.

Police said Sarawut might have killed his roommate in a fit of jealousy before committing suicide.

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