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Developer Stephen Paine was found dead beside the pool at his villa

Phuket Developer Found Dead at Villa

Saturday, February 21, 2015
PHUKET: Well-known Phuket property developer Stephen Paine was found dead in a sala by the swimming pool at his luxurious Surin Heights villa early today.

Police believe that there were no suspicious circumstances and that Mr Paine took his own life, according to reports in Thai-language media outlets.

News of his sudden death shocked former colleagues, neighbors and associates.

Mr Paine, 55, was British and had been connected with some of the Thai holiday island's best-known and finest-quality estates.

According to police, his wife said she went to bed at 9pm last night. When she awoke this morning about 7.30am, she found her husband dead in a sala by the swimming pool.

Mr Paine was a partner in the well-regarded Malaiwana development at Nai Thon beach.

He had been overseeing luxury residential real estate projects in Phuket since 2001.

Before joining Malaiwana, he successfully completed Surin Heights, the villa and condominium development above Surin Beach.

The Malaiwana estate was previously named on a list of 12 projects under investigation by authorities for encroachment on Phuket Sirinath National Park.

Mr Paine told Phuketwan in 2012 that the company named, Suree Samrit Co., Ltd, had no connection with Malaiwana.

Soon after, authorities endorsed the fact that the Malaiwana project was being developed on legal land titles.

Mr Paine's body was taken to Thalang Hospital.

People suffering from depression on Phuket are advised to talk to family and friends or consult a doctor.


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How sad is this, poor Guy.....

Hope he is in a better place now..


Posted by Robert on February 21, 2015 20:12


Condolences on this sad and terrible loss.

Posted by JJ on February 21, 2015 21:21


condoleances to his family;

Posted by serge on February 22, 2015 06:29


I am shocked !!

He was such a nice and charming person.
It was always a pleasure to work with him together.

To all relatives and friends:

Those we love don't go away,
They walk beside us every day,
Unseen, unheard, but always near,
Still loved, still missed and very dear.

Andy and the TCM Asia team

Posted by TCM Asia Andy on February 22, 2015 06:38


R.I.P uncle steve xx love you always :(

Posted by Anonymous on February 22, 2015 16:39


Stephen sold me my first synth when we were both just 19years old. He gave me several career breaks especially reviewing or demonstrating products developed through his Syco company in conjunction with his cousin Peter Gabriel and . I lost touch with him when he left the UK but this is such sad news ! RIP Stephen

Posted by Paul Wiffen on February 25, 2015 08:00


It was a sad day at the funeral today.
Condolences to Kathy and the rest of their family.

Posted by Jean John on February 28, 2015 14:25


Rest in peace Stephen. You were always kind and considerate
The life that I have
Is all that I have
And the life that I have is yours.
The love that I have
Of the life that I have
Is yours and yours and yours.
A sleep I shall have
A rest I shall have
Yet death will be but a pause.
For the peace of my years in the long green years
Will be yours and yours and yours.

Posted by Angus keeling on February 28, 2015 18:09


Rest in peace Stephen.

Joy and Ensign Media Team.

Posted by Joy Suphatra Property Report, Ensign Media. on March 2, 2015 12:01


Goodbye Stephen I got to know you in the late eighties you came to my wedding and I to yours
Alix and I are devastated by your loss and for Kathy it's sad sad news indeed you were a special talent .

Posted by Andy Eakins on March 13, 2015 00:58

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