Talented athlete dies in Thailand after colliding with glass door, severing artery

Jason Flannery, pictured in 2003

Jason Flannery, pictured in 2003

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A TALENTED athlete has died in an apparent tragic accident in Thailand.

Jason Flannery, 25, a former pupil at Wensleydale School, in Leyburn, was found dead in a sixth floor flat in tourist resort Pattaya at 3am on Saturday (August 23).

Police said it was believed Mr Flannery, formerly of Bridge Terrace, Richmond, had collided with a glass door that had shattered and severed an artery.

Sawang Boriboon rescue volunteers, Pattaya Police and Bang Lamung Hospital medics were called to the scene at the Spanish Place Pattaya condominium.

Police said they found Mr Flannery dead when they arrived at the flat.

As a teenager, Mr Flannery won the Yorkshire County AAA 1500m title, scored a hat-trick in five minutes with Richmond Town FC juniors team to secure the Cleveland Challenge Cup and was awarded the John Bowles Cup by his school for outstanding achievement in sport.

Reports in the Thai media claimed there had earlier been an argument at the apartment.

It is understood Mr Flannery had been living near the bay around which the resort was developed in the 1960s.

Mr Flannery's girlfriend, Janjira Buapae, told police they had been in a close relationship for year. She said after finishing work she returned to Mr Flannery's flat and found him talking to a friend.

Miss Janjira said she had argued with Mr Flannery and had left the flat before the incident in which he died.

His body has been sent for a post-mortem examination and the British Embassy, in Bangkok, was notified.

It is understood police are not treating Mr Flannery's death as suspicious.

A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesman said if the Royal Thai Police are not satisfied after a initial examination of the facts surrounding a death, they can request an autopsy.

He added: "We can confirm the death of a British national in Pattaya, Thailand on August 23.

"We are providing consular assistance to the family at this sad time."

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7:14pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Bill_Teesside says...

Condolances to the familly
I have personally seen the Thai TV report on this sad event
Extremely under reported by the Northern Echo
A lot surrounding the death of this young man seems some what strange
I hope the Royal Thai Police investigate this thouroughly
Condolances to the familly I have personally seen the Thai TV report on this sad event Extremely under reported by the Northern Echo A lot surrounding the death of this young man seems some what strange I hope the Royal Thai Police investigate this thouroughly Bill_Teesside
  • Score: 14

9:29pm Wed 27 Aug 14

NO EINSTEIN says...

Northern Echo please put the web page back to how it was,,,,,,,,,,,,
Northern Echo please put the web page back to how it was,,,,,,,,,,,, NO EINSTEIN
  • Score: 0

9:05am Thu 28 Aug 14

Davy Crocket says...

I think something happened to this poor lad and it wasn't an accident. A very clever and agile young man collides with a glass door after a row with the girlfriend in a foreign country ... Err sorry but it doesn't wash with me. Really feel for the lads family.
I think something happened to this poor lad and it wasn't an accident. A very clever and agile young man collides with a glass door after a row with the girlfriend in a foreign country ... Err sorry but it doesn't wash with me. Really feel for the lads family. Davy Crocket
  • Score: 8

10:07am Thu 28 Aug 14

SirLance says...

This type of 'accident' is happening all the time in Pattaya! My sincere condolences t the family! I don't know what you can do about this incident. Don't expect the truth from the locals ,the Police included!
This type of 'accident' is happening all the time in Pattaya! My sincere condolences t the family! I don't know what you can do about this incident. Don't expect the truth from the locals ,the Police included! SirLance
  • Score: 1

8:43pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Theworkingmanisasucker says...

Condolences to family and friends but how hypocritical "talented athlete" was not how he was described last time a story was in this paper about him. I would be interested to know how he afforded to get to and live in Thailand? Jobs in HMP must pay well these days.
Condolences to family and friends but how hypocritical "talented athlete" was not how he was described last time a story was in this paper about him. I would be interested to know how he afforded to get to and live in Thailand? Jobs in HMP must pay well these days. Theworkingmanisasucker
  • Score: 2

3:21am Fri 29 Aug 14

SirLance says...

There's an article in 'Thaivisa.com' today where a man was found 300 meters from a local Pattaya police station handcuffed and shot twice in the back of the head! Another obvious suicide in Thailand!
There's an article in 'Thaivisa.com' today where a man was found 300 meters from a local Pattaya police station handcuffed and shot twice in the back of the head! Another obvious suicide in Thailand! SirLance
  • Score: 1

6:30am Mon 1 Sep 14

yond2866 says...

Davy Crocket wrote:
I think something happened to this poor lad and it wasn't an accident. A very clever and agile young man collides with a glass door after a row with the girlfriend in a foreign country ... Err sorry but it doesn't wash with me. Really feel for the lads family.
I knew Jason (here in Pattaya) but was not a close friend - Had a number of long talks with him - Real good fella - I am twice his age but still body building in the gym - Probably why he and I hit off so well - So sorry I did not tell him my gut feeling that the girlfriend is a snake - I pray to God that the truth comes out and those responsible go to prison for many many years. I am 99% sure this was a murder wherein the snake probably let attackers into the flat as he slept naked - I suspect they may have put knives to him - If they do any sort of a decent autopsy, this should be obvious - This used to be the "Land of Smiles" - Now it's the land of killers and swindlers---------I am American ex law enforcement, but anyone with common sense can read the several articles on this sad story and see this is waaaay strange - Please, someone reach out to the family and urge them to not let the authorities sweep this under the rug !!
[quote][p][bold]Davy Crocket[/bold] wrote: I think something happened to this poor lad and it wasn't an accident. A very clever and agile young man collides with a glass door after a row with the girlfriend in a foreign country ... Err sorry but it doesn't wash with me. Really feel for the lads family.[/p][/quote]I knew Jason (here in Pattaya) but was not a close friend - Had a number of long talks with him - Real good fella - I am twice his age but still body building in the gym - Probably why he and I hit off so well - So sorry I did not tell him my gut feeling that the girlfriend is a snake - I pray to God that the truth comes out and those responsible go to prison for many many years. I am 99% sure this was a murder wherein the snake probably let attackers into the flat as he slept naked - I suspect they may have put knives to him - If they do any sort of a decent autopsy, this should be obvious - This used to be the "Land of Smiles" - Now it's the land of killers and swindlers---------I am American ex law enforcement, but anyone with common sense can read the several articles on this sad story and see this is waaaay strange - Please, someone reach out to the family and urge them to not let the authorities sweep this under the rug !! yond2866
  • Score: 1

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