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Mark SamsonAn Alstonville man has died in Bali after falling from his hotel balcony.

Mark David Sansom, 31, was found dead at the Harris Sunset Road Hotelin Denpasar about 9pm on Friday night.

South Denpasar police chief, Nanang Prihasmoko told News Corp Australia that Mr Sansom had been found dead after falling from his hotel room.

Mr Nanang said they received a report from hotel staff at 9pm Friday that Mr Sansom’s body had been found on the ground with severe head injuries.

Police allege Mr Sansom committed suicide by jumping from his hotel room on the second floor.

‘We allege that he jumped from his room, causing severe head injuries. When found, the victim was dead,’ Mr Nanang said.

Mr Nanang said police had questioned two hotel staff who found the body. Another staff member had seen the victim about 30 minutes before his death.

‘From the CCTV footage, the victim was seen (looking) confused, and was repeatedly in and out of his room,’ he said.

‘Around 30 minutes before he was found dead hotel staff talked to him. The staff member said the victim looked confused and not focused.’

Mr Nanang said that there was no drugs or alcohol found in his room. Police officers only found an empty bottle of mineral water in the garbage can in his room.

Mr Nanang said that, based on the statement of the hotel duty manager, Wayan Suandi, Mr Sansom appeared confused and have hallucinations.

Mr Sansom allegedly spoke to Mr Wayan in the hotel lobby shortly before his death,’ Mr Nanang said.

‘The witness said that the victim said to him that he felt that the sounds of many chickens and birds disturbed him, making him unable to go to sleep. He asked Suandi, “why are many chickens and birds near his room?” In fact, there are no birds or chickens at the hotel.

‘As of now, we haven’t found anything suspicious. We allege that the victim was having hallucinations. An autopsy will be carried out to determine the cause of Mr Sansom’s death,’ Mr Nanang said.

The CCTV hallway footage showed no-one except Mr Sansom had entered his room. However Mr Sansom was found in the back part of the hotel where there was no CCTV so there is no footage of his last moments.

Police said Mr Sansom was holidaying alone.


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