57 year old Italian man Gianluigi Broccabdo jumps to his death at Pattaya Mall


PATTAYA – A 57 year-old Italian man fell to his death from the sixth story of the Central Festival Pattaya Beach shopping complex on Thursday afternoon.

Police and rescue workers were called to the incident at about 1.30pm at the Central Festival Pattaya Beach shopping complex in central Pattaya beach in Bang Lamung district, Chon Buri.

Upon arriving at the scene, the police found 57-year-old Mr Gianluigi Broccabdo’s dead body.

The mall staff set up a tent to cover his body. Mr Broccabdo’s body had fractures in his limbs, neck and head.

Witnesses at the Mall said the man jumped from the sixth story to an empty area near a transparent elevator on the first floor.

The walkway on the sixth storey of the Central Festival Pattaya Beach mall believed to be the place the Italianman fell off. (Photo by Chaiyot Pupattanapong)

Security staff said he entered the mall, immediately went to the top floor balcony and jumped. Staff responded by covering the disturbing scene with a tent and immediately calling the local police and the coroner.

Mr Broccabdo body was sent to the Bang Lamung Hospital, authorities will contact his family through the Italian embassy while police were investigating.

Just last month on May 16th, 2019, an British man who police state appeared to be in his early 50’s fell to his death from the sixth floor of the same Mall at around 5pm in the afternoon in front of hundreds of horrified tourists and shoppers.

Staff at the Central Festival mall in Pattaya City rushed to the scene in the hopes of pulling him to safety but found him unconscious on the ground floor.

Three years ago, a 71-year-old French man leaped to his death from the sixth floor. Only months before that, another foreigner was talked down from doing the same.

When asked if the mall would be ordered to increase security to deter jumpers, Kamol said no.

“In my experience, and I sadly see a lot of [suicide attempts] in my job, there’s not much you can do to stop someone who has their mind set on killing themself, whether it is at a mall, an apartment or a bridge,” he said.

“There’s nothing to do to stop people from jumping, but that’s just my opinion based on what I’ve encountered,” he added.

If you are considering harming yourself, please reach out for help. Assistance is available around the clock from the Mental Health Department’s 1323 hotline (for Thai speakers) or the Samaritans of Thailand at 02-713-6793 (for Thai speakers), and 02-713-6791 (for English speakers).


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