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Part of the Patong Tower. The lovers plunged from the Unit 1702 balcony

Lovers in Death Pact Leap from Patong Tower

Sunday, March 7, 2010
A YOUNG couple jumped to their deaths from the tallest building on Phuket today because their families did not approve of them being in love.

Police named the couple as Achjima On-keaw, 24, and Anon Pawaluksanawat, 29. They left behind notes and holiday snaps in their high-rise apartment.

The couple had made the trip to the romantic holiday island of Phuket from Bangkok on Friday to spend time together before making their plunge from the balcony of unit 1702 at 5.30am today.

They left notes explaining their decision to make a lovers' leap from the 17th floor of the Patong Tower condos, an exceptionally tall building on the island that was erected before modern height limits came into force.

The condos are one block back from Patong beach, Phuket's most popular beach, off Rat-U-Thit-200-Pi Road, which runs parallel to the beach road.

When police entered the apartment they found the television still going and a wallet and a purse on the dvd player.

The young woman was wearing a pink shirt, a black jacket and short black pants, while the young man was dressed in a black and white shirt and brown shorts.

Police checked for fingerprints and took away the notes, the wallet and the purse, but they do not believe there were suspicious circumstances.

Later today, the bodies were returned to both families, along with the notes.

Essentially, the notes thanked the parents of each of the lovers for taking such good care of them, through childhood and on.

Both children apologised for their actions, along the lines of: ''Sorry about everything. When you read this letter, you may not see me again in this world.''

Phuket is well-known among Thais for the legend of ''Sarasin, the Bridge of Love,'' a film inspired by the star-crossed fate of a young Phuket couple.

On February 22, 1973, a minibus driver and his student teacher girlfriend jumped off the Sarasin Bridge because their families disagreed with their romance.

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What a tragedy, what a waste of young lives. Not much more anyone can say about this is there?

Posted by Terry on March 9, 2010 03:50


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