Belgian Tourist Takes His Life
A heartbreaking incident unfolded at the Sai Yuan shooting range in Muang district, Phuket, on a recent Tuesday afternoon. A Belgian tourist, later identified as 52-year-old Christian Richard Cerfontaine, reportedly took his own life at the shooting facility.
Timeline of Events
According to Pol Col Ekarat Plaidung, superintendent of Chalong police station, authorities received a report of the shooting around 2:40 pm. Officers were quickly dispatched to the location, accompanied by medical professionals from Vachira Phuket Hospital and charity foundation rescuers.
Upon arrival, they discovered Mr. Cerfontaine’s lifeless body, with a fatal gunshot wound to his forehead. Witnesses at the scene recounted that the Belgian man came to the shooting range on a motorcycle, rented a firearm, and then proceeded to shoot himself.
Overstaying Visa Discovered
During the preliminary investigation, the police found a notice from Phuket immigration office on Mr. Cerfontaine’s person, indicating that he had overstayed his visa by more than 90 days. The reason behind the tourist’s drastic action remains unclear, and the authorities continue to look into the matter.
Notification of the Embassy and Autopsy
Following the tragic incident, the Belgian embassy was informed of Mr. Cerfontaine’s demise. Additionally, his body was transferred to Vachira Phuket Hospital for an autopsy to be conducted, as part of the standard procedure in such cases.
As the investigation continues, the local community and authorities express their condolences to the family and friends of the deceased. The case serves as a stark reminder of the importance of mental health and the need for accessible support systems for those in need, regardless of their nationality or location.