Thai man, 44, dies after being electrocuted by phone

A man in Thailand died after reportedly being electrocuted while charging his phone.

Officers found factory worker Somchai Jansanoi, 44, lifeless in his room in Nakhon Ratchasima province, northeast Thailand on December 7. His hand was placed over a charging cable nearby which was believed to have caused his death.

Somchai’s body was discovered when his friend, Amontep Warintarapon, had gone to invite him for drinks. After knocking on the door and receiving no answer, Amontep decided to enter the room.

There he found the man’s corpse lying prone on an orange mattress on the floor. His skin was covered in what appeared to be dark patches, while part of his face had blackened and bloated from decay.

Concerned Amontep then ran to call for help.

Paramedics arrived at the scene and inspected Somchai’s body. They believe that the factory worker had been dead for at least two days before his body was found.

Police also took pictures of Somchai’s apartment, then sent his body to the hospital for a post-mortem examination. They reported no traces of foul play.

Police Lieutenant Colonel Ruam Kleebklangdon said: ‘The room condition is normal. There are no signs of intrusion or destruction inside.

‘However, the wires near the plug were torn. It may likely have caused electricity leakage. We have yet to determine the cause of death until an autopsy report is issued from the hospital.

‘The initial assessment in our report is that he died due to electrocution which was most likely an accidet cause by his charging phone.’