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Phuket Tragedy: Aussie Dies in World Cup Row Plunge

Thursday, June 10, 2010
UPDATE JUNE 16

PHUKET police now believe that a broken tile on the new resort indicates that Mr Morris may have forgotten his room key and been trying to swing down from the roof to his balcony when he fell.

Original Report

AN AUSTRALIAN has plunged to his death from a balcony on Phuket after an argument about the World Cup with his Thai girlfriend.

The 29-year-old man came to Phuket each holiday low season between May and October and was planning to watch the Australia versus Germany game, telecast live from South Africa this Sunday.

However, his Thai girlfriend told police in Patong, Phuket's largest west coast holiday destination, that she argued with her seasonal boyfriend because she supports Germany, as well as Brazil.

''We both got very excited, maybe too excited,'' she said. ''So we agreed that it would be best if we split until after the World Cup was over.''

The dead man, named by police as Shawn Anthony Morris, went out alone last night, the woman, who preferred to remain anonymous, told police.

The Australian's girlfriend said that he telephoned her last night and wanted to catch up immediately, but she thought it was not wise. She said he became quite upset.

At 6am, after he returned to the Kanjana Hotel off Nanai Road, Mr Morris plunged three storeys to his death on the road. He was dressed in a pair of shorts and was barefoot.

Groups of Australians are coming to Phuket and Thailand to watch the World Cup because the three-hour time zone difference with Australia's east coast makes it more convenient.

Australia is the underdog for Sunday's game. Germany has not been defeated in a World Cup opener since being beaten 2-0 by Algeria 28 years ago.
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" Seasonal Boyfriend " :o)

That's one for the books.

Posted by Amazing Thailand on June 10, 2010 22:10

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I find it extremely hard to believe this account of the man's death. There must have been something else going on that's not mentioned here. No wonder the reporter wouldn't put a name to the story.

Posted by Dave Taylor on June 11, 2010 11:49

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PSS staff are Sorry to hear the passing of a great mate. Shawn will be sadly missed by all. Sympathy to all family and friends.

PSS staff at RPH.

Posted by Anonymous on June 11, 2010 14:16

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Words can't describe the loss of such an amazing guy....he will be sorely missed...my thoughts go out to Shawn's family and the boys in this devastating time

Posted by jimi on June 11, 2010 15:44

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I have never met such a friendly, outgoing,charismatic guy, he will be missed by all

Posted by RPH Staff member on June 11, 2010 21:10

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Had beers with Shawn at the Blue Lotus a couple of times previously and on the night of his death. Very sorry to hear of his passing.

He was an easy-going friendly guy that could tell a good story or two.
Thoughts go out to his family and friends

Posted by mark layton on June 12, 2010 09:12

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Condolences to Shawn's family and many friends. He will be sadly missed.

Posted by Phill and Joanie on June 12, 2010 19:50


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