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Saturday 20 April 2019

Mystery over death of Irish man in Thailand

Fintan Brett
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QUESTIONS have been raised over the circumstances surrounding the death of an Irish man in Thailand.

Sligo native John Fintan Brett (68) was found dead at his apartment in the provincial capital of Buriram, about 220 miles north east of Bangkok yesterday.

Mr Brett is understood to have suffered extensive head injuries.

While Thai police are claiming the death came as a result of a fall, a friend has questioned their version of events.

John Porteus, and IT manager based in Thailand, has called for Mr Brett’s body to be returned to Ireland to allow a full post mortem to take place here.

“Police are trying to say he just fell over. None of his friends believes the police story”, Mr Porteus told The Star.

“He had very serious head injuries.”

Mr Porteus claimed Mr Brett had been involved in disagreements with locals.

However Mr Brett’s son told the paper the family have been told their father died as a result of a fall.

His family said he had been injured in two previous falls.

The Department of Foreign Affairs has confirmed that it is providing consular assistance to the family.

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