Male French Tourist found dead in jail at Koh Phangan Police station



Koh Phangan Police Station
Koh Phangan Police Station

A male french tourist arrested by Koh Phangan police officers for probable illegal drug possession was found dead in the prison cell at Koh Phangan police station a few days ago.

According to some people who knew the french tourist and saw him being busted by Koh Phangan Police he began suicide by hanging himself in his prison cell at the police station on Koh Phangan Island.

Others argue that he might have had a fight with the police and might have been accidentally killed by police cops because he had a hot temper and hated authorities.

Or he might have just hanged himself because the police & co threatened him too much to get more money out of him, saying others

The french male tourist was described by many people who knew him as a life loving person.

Phangan Island police officials still deny any official statements or insights to this incident as this case is still an ongoing investigation.

Apart from all the rumors one simple fact remains … we got another dead body on Koh Phangan Island!

The awful truth about this incident may never be revealed as it happened so many times before here on the Island of Madness, formerly also known as Koh Phangan Paradise Island.

We hope that some people who might know more about this tragic incident will step forward and bring some insights to this story by posting comments here on Koh Phangan Island News – thanks!

Whatever happened to him… our condolences to his family and friends.

R.I.P.

40 thoughts on “Male French Tourist found dead in jail at Koh Phangan Police station

  • September 3, 2009 at 5:38 pm
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    oh dear ko phangan more bad news !!!!!!! ill still be back tho

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    • September 3, 2009 at 7:50 pm
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      when arriveing on ko phangan please proceed at your own risk ..!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      • September 3, 2009 at 7:52 pm
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        i hear ko phangan is more dangerous than afghanistan. is this rite ??

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        • September 4, 2009 at 1:54 pm
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          Currently not as many casualties as Afghanistan 😉

          Cheers Marc

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          • September 4, 2009 at 5:14 pm
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            but getting very close 🙂

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            • September 4, 2009 at 7:31 pm
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              Money and Murder baby, thats what its about on Phangan!!

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              • September 4, 2009 at 8:45 pm
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                this place will be the death of me ..i love kpg lol the odds ar against u here .

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                • September 5, 2009 at 1:36 am
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                  fuck the police

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        • September 15, 2009 at 3:10 pm
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          you did with yoursellf

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    • September 6, 2009 at 12:26 pm
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      the island of fast karma. what you give out you will get back a lot faster than you think. our french friend repeatedly went on binges of provoking people to hurt him. he threatened many people, complained loudly and insulted the people that tried to help him.

      he spread lots of misery on this island. sorry but this is not a place where you can ask God for forgiveness and all is forgotten.

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    • September 10, 2009 at 5:11 pm
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      Is to sad to see whats happend in Phan ghan, such a beutiful place and is not safe anymore.
      I hope to see better news next time.
      God Bless all

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  • September 5, 2009 at 1:38 am
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    if the ferry on the way dont sink and get ya the moped probaly will . if the moped dont get ya then the angry unprovoked thai man will leave you for dead if the angry thai man dont get you the bottle over the back of the head by a fellow farang or a friendly israeliy cld be the one. or the police could bust ya for drugs u dont have then take all your holiday money .not 2 mension bein robbed drugged and ripped off ..but there are more ++ than — be safe long life KPG I LOVE YOU

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  • September 5, 2009 at 3:43 am
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    I would like to extend my condolences to this guy’s family and friends. It’s very sad that a person dies in a place that is advertised as a paradise island. I’m not sure what he was accused of but I know it didn’t warrant a death sentence.

    I’m a regular to Phangan for the last 12 years or so. I have many fond memories and have made a lot of good friends on this island. The weather is good and the island still has some beautiful spots. But the crime, corruption and mayhem around the parties are getting to be a bit much even for me. So it’s starting to wear thin. This year I’ll be back, but I will be looking for an alternative destination. I’ll always visit Phangan or I should say my friends, but will cut the length of my visits.

    All of Thailand seems to be hitting a wall right now and crime and corruption seems to be getting worse. I’m starting to seriously question if Thai’s want Farangs in their LOS. The government has made clear what they would like. “Spend lots of money and only stay short time” They have also said that they would like to bring in more quality tourists, which was clarified as more Asian visitors. It’s sad that even the mainstream media is censored. And there is no accountability when it comes to police.

    Corruption is so blatant and obvious! Take the former leader Taksin who went from being a cop to the 14 richest person on the planet. Come on he didn’t start Microsoft, Apple or anything for that matter. It’s all very bizarre! I’m not sure why we even bother with a county like this?

    I apologise for the negativity of this post. I will no doubt get shit on for it by someone that is still wearing their rose coloured glasses.

    Cheers Glyn

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      • September 6, 2009 at 9:53 am
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        I’ve been going to KPG for over 12 years now. I have NEVER had a problem with any Thai people, EVER! If you go to another country as a guest, the show some fucking RESPECT and guess what….. you will be shown respect in return. So many fucking whining farangs bad mouthing the Thais. Its bloody pathetic. OK, this French guy is dead in the cells. But he was busted with drugs, THAT was his big mistake. Once you go down that road, especially in Asia, then your in the shit and EVERYONE knows it. As to the cause of death, well who knows, but I’m sick of the fucking innuendos and bullshit implicating the Thais. Obey their laws, show some common courtesy and respect and you wont have a single problem.
        RIP French tourist, whatever the circumstances.

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        • September 6, 2009 at 11:11 am
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          well said … ive never had a problem either .respect the thais xx

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          • September 6, 2009 at 12:41 pm
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            I left the Island for good, four years ago, because of this new generation of social security tourists. Hopefully there are many others places where they cannot afford to go!

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            • September 8, 2009 at 3:38 pm
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              Please stop complaining. If you dont like it here,then leave.

              If the French guy didnt do any drugs, he would never have been arrested, and would never had died in prison. Somnamna! I hate drugs, and you get what u desrve my friend. (I will have a lot of comments from other drug users on this comment. But guys look your self in the mirror today and say that drugs are ok, then you are lying).

              I will not complain about the police, the parties, the weater, the taxi fares, tesco lotus. If you cant affort to stay here, then leave. This would clean out the Island for Israelis, French, Germans young English females and some canadians.

              Waiting for comments……… Bring it on!

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              • September 8, 2009 at 4:58 pm
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                Agreed (in some parts) with you…
                As I was writing before (dummy3), I left the island years ago because of the lack of quality people but some dearest friends are still living on it. Regarding drugs, it would be another complete and abstract subject to debate, especially if you do not do them! But as I just mentioned it: “quality” should remain the only factor whatever used for: food, drug, booze & friendship.
                Michel
                (clever know who I am!)

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              • May 3, 2016 at 3:15 pm
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                ”Bring it on” Some one was murdered, someone died, someone is dead, but you say he got what he deserved, why pick a fight, why entice an argument, why lie in wait for an opportunity to relish and argue with a sympathizer, it could be his mourning mother father brother sister or friend that could well be insulted and hurt by such insensitivity, the island is full of young trusting people out for a good time, wWho arranges these parties, its huge, structured and organized, Do you hate drugs, or is it the young peoples enjoying themselves you despise, shish they only using the recreational drugs ;;tobacco alcohol and amphetamines”,., supplied by the organizers, I agree I hate drugs that destroy, it would be nice to see it all banned, or atleast the organisers and suppliers could monitor and control the quality of what is made available, if he had drugs, where did he get them? BBBbut the issue in this case is a man died in police custody, well you think this is great as he deserved it, others are mourning, others feel unsafe, some are intimidated,

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        • September 10, 2009 at 1:30 pm
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          Well said, ive been going there for 9 years and lived there for 2 and never had 1 single problem! i didt go looking for trouble i just got fucked up with them and enjoyed the life and still do, but if you go looking for trouble there no matter how serious you will find it in the worse ways possible, people that go there need to realise that it aint ibiza, thailand is all about respect and this is the thing many of us farrang forget! but remember there is no law on phangan so if you tend to act a twat around people then the chances of something happening to you are very high, no matter how big or hard you think you are you will always lose!

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          • September 10, 2009 at 1:43 pm
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            Definately! Its is all about RESPECT. Show it and you will be shown it in return! In my 12 years going to KPG, I have noticed, especially in the last 5 years, that the standard of tourist is rapidly declining 🙁 So many suitcase touting wankers ignorantly DEMANDING and complaining and snivelling and fucking the whole place up for everyone else. There are still, thankfully, a cache of “real” people still visiting but they are dwindling. The suitacse brigade want everything for nothing and demean themselves and the Thais by trying to bargain for any and every goddamn thing they desire. You cant afford KPG, then stay the fuck away.

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            • September 10, 2009 at 4:23 pm
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              hell fuckin yeah

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        • September 11, 2009 at 1:05 pm
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          i come to KP about 12 years and lived there almost 4 years. i always showed respect for the people and their culture and tried to learn as much as i could. but it is all about money… as i stopped helping them get more richer because i alsio wanted some money for my lots of work, then the smile froze and they told me to f**k off… khop khun maak khap… i am off this island and never return… farangs are just walking atms!

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          • September 11, 2009 at 6:49 pm
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            so true .theyll just shit on u then bury u in a hole and not even give a fuck !!!!

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            • September 12, 2009 at 2:30 pm
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              Not about French man.

              Again a debate about koh phangan being dangerous. It seems to be the place where by if your asking for it, its going to happen to you. Even if your not aware your asking for it by not thinking properly about where you are and what your doing.

              Ive lived here for 10 years , and NEVER had a problem. not even fallen of a moped.

              In fact I’ve never had a problem anywhere in the world.

              I have seen many a problem happen in front of my eyes, and been in the area of many peoples problems, but never had one of my own.

              must have taken as many motorbike crash victims to KPG hospital as a regular ambulance in NewYork

              Do you think that people are attracting the problem to themselves?

              oohhh, controversial

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        • September 29, 2009 at 3:02 pm
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          Although I`ve not been able to return to this fantastic island for 3 -4 years, I totally agree with this and indeed most of the submissions.
          RESPECT…these lovely folk & for sure it will be reciprocated.
          Having spent a total of approx. 1 yr. on the Island over 4 trips, I`ve nothing but good to say for it & the people….Yes it is magical for me,as an Older Guy, who do`nt do drugs but does like to drink!
          I came off my bike on the way home to Sea-View Rainbow at 3 a.m. (drink!) Was in a hell of a state.2 or three bikes passed,no one stopped, then 3 Lovel Thai Guys on bikes,stopped. Then took me back 2/3 km`s to the Hospital,the came in whilst the Gorgeus nurses stiched & patched me up. Then took me another 3/4 kms. to Sea-view R/bow. When they dropped me off, i was told one of them would check on me in the morning(daylight !) Appro7.30 I woke, in some pain…..! Managed to make it to the restaurant for a coffee etc. …Who was sitting there but Joe, one of the 3 Samaritans, asking me how are you ? I was nearly in tears…The TOTAL COMPASSION shown/demonstrated to me by these Guys( Local Entrepeneurs) Lek,Joe,not sure of the others name but Lek & joe both were in the Haad – Yo area. So if you know these Guys please give them a massive thanks from me,(Steve, with the Son called Pete..High-Life 2) again, as their Absolute Kindness will never be forgotten by me. Would this have ever happened here in the U.K. or even ” Sunny Scotland ” where I have to live right now !!
          But I am dismayed if this Paradise Island is being further corrupted by `Morons.`
          I`m Missiing the Island so much…….Doh….

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  • September 9, 2009 at 6:10 pm
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    hi mates ,
    its , once again , a very sad story.
    money rules on the island. i lived three years on the island and i know that u can get everything if u pay for it. everything.
    money came to fast for the locals and now the doesnt know how to handle it. jealousy rulez harder as in europe !!! thats sad !!!
    a usual policeman earns about 150euro a month but some of them are driving brand-new bmw. e.g. a 525 is about 140 000 euro, because the tax for european cars are fu**ing high. how can a man who earns 150 euro afford a car for 140 000 euro ??
    i guess , i said enough !
    becki .. head up and still fun on the paradise isuland !!! hannes

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  • September 10, 2009 at 4:42 pm
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    Here ya go an eight part tv show dealing with the problems with tourism in Thialand. Bravo will follow three British ex-pats helping the Thai tourist police deal with westerners
    Big Trouble In Tourist Thailand [working title] is an 8 x 60-minute fly-on-the-wall series by Vera Productions.

    It follows Howard, Louise and Tim, who help the police deal with holidaymakers unfamiliar with the country’s traditions, culture and rules. Situations range from drug busts to organised tourist scams, scorned lady-boys, violent brothel disputes, bar-room brawls, brutal murders, street robberies and sexual assaults.

    The series is shot mainly on location in the popular tourist hotspots of Koh Samui, Phuket, Bangkok, Pattaya and Chang Mai.

    One featured story is that of a 19-year-old Cumbrian girl whose two-week holiday with her boyfriend turned into a two-and-a-half month stretch after she was caught in possession of cannabis at one of the infamous Full Moon parties in Koh Phangan.

    Big Trouble in Tourist Thailand was ordered by Bravo senior commissioning editor Lucy Pilkington. Vera exec is Dean Palmer while Gavin Hill is series producer.

    This should help the TAT bring in a lot of tourists.
    Cheers Glyn

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  • September 10, 2009 at 11:22 pm
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    watch it here ,,still hasnt put me of thailand

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  • September 11, 2009 at 3:24 am
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    HELLO DUMMY 5 / GLYN

    CONDOLENCES TO FRIENDS AND FAMILY OF THE DECEASED, MAY HE RIP

    I am sure that TAT will hate it, perhaps naming and shaming will make Thailand clean its act up.

    “Currently expats in Thailand are a little bit up in arms about a documentary series going to air in the UK over the next few weeks called ‘Big Trouble in Thailand’ and it’s based on the activities of the British Thai Tourist Police Volunteers and what we commonly know in the British newspaper business as, well, ‘Brits in the shit’.

    Why do these guys become Tourist Police Volunteers?

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  • September 15, 2009 at 11:41 pm
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    Not to controversial at all, most of us haven’t had a lot of problems in the LOS. I have to say I have done some very stupid things over the years and feel I have been very lucky to of not had any problems! My biggest piss off is the cops search people on the roads and in the bars. How they think this is promoting tourism is beyond me!

    Back in the late 90’s we felt like paramedics on Phangan and decided that in future we are not getting involved, unless it’s very serious. So I know a little about the Phangan hospital.

    We get a lot of bitter people that are very hate full on this site and that’s too bad. Having differences of opinions is only natural and a very good thing. One of the most enjoyable aspects of the island is meeting different people with diverse back grounds and countries of origin. What an incredible opportunity to exchange views and ideas.

    I don’t post as Anonymous because I’m just saying what I think to be right. I don’t log in because I’m hopeless at remembering passwords. But I do welcome views that are contrary to mine and with the right arguments I’m able to say I’m wrong and change an opinion. Calling people names and using profane language achieves nothing. A good discussion can enlighten us all.

    Typically I’m at A’s Coffee Shop every morning for breakfast from sometime in late December to sometime in March. I like to sit as close to the corner of the bar as I can be. “Best Place on the Island” a plug for Mike! If anyone would ever like to discuss any of the issues that are raised on these forums I would be game to listen and provide my opinions too. Not a challenge but an opportunity!

    Cheers Glyn

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  • September 16, 2009 at 8:06 am
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    Well said Glynne.
    Any more news on the cause of death re the French Guy?

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  • September 16, 2009 at 11:47 pm
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    Hey Dummy 6… The short answer is no!
    I don’t like to speak negatively about this guy, because I’m only basing comments on my interpretation of other posters. I’m sure he has a caring family and some good friends too.

    Apparently he wasn’t in the best frame of mind prior to his arrest and was on a bit of run away and causing trouble around the island.
    The police explaination is that he committed suicide.
    We must accept that and give the police the benifit of doubt, unless other evidence repudiates their claim. Most are suspicious of the KPG police, but you can’t right off everything they say as a lie!

    My conclusion is that his arrest was the final straw for him. Others may see it differently of course and we all welcome those comments too.

    Glyn

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  • October 8, 2009 at 10:07 am
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    Oh man stop your bullshit! It was my friend and i know exactly what it hapened to him. The police is clear in this story so let him rest in peace.

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  • December 14, 2009 at 6:58 pm
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    I’ve never been in Koh Phangan, like at another different country from mine. So it’s my first trip abroad. I’ve heard a lot about this awesome place, and also about Italy, France, China, Egypt etc. I’ve decided that Koh Phangan Island is the best. But somehow every good place soon or later becomes popular and dirty, like GOA, for example. Then place becomes dirty, we are looking foe another one.

    We are farangs. We are guests at this place, and we have to respect culture and customs of Thai People. We don’t know what have done that tourist, and police, but it’s very sad for all of us. We know from this post that French man had hot temper.

    I don’t wanna this place become more popular then now. I’m not going to post my video after vacation at youtube for this reason))) In two weeks I’m going to be There, and I only wanna listen to nice music and see good and clever psy people, but not stupid drug ubusers, who has started silly to use drugs and listen to nice music for a few years ago))))

    If this Islnad becomes super popular, it will be impossible to avoid police robbery.

    I’ll chek this place:)) but I’m already not encouraged by those bad situations, like motorbike swindle for example.

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  • March 19, 2014 at 12:04 pm
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    Wow !! what an irealistic and pessimistic way to describe the island of Koh Phangan !!
    Look like you had a good time partying in Haad Rin…

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