Northern Ireland student killed after plunging through the roof of Thai shopping complex
Published 16/07/2013 | 01:30
A young Northern Ireland man has died after a tragic accident in Thailand. Stephen Timothy Clifford, who was from Carryduff, fell from a roof in the city of Chiang Mai in the north of the country on Sunday.
The 21-year-old man, a student at Belfast Metropolitan College, had been on holiday in Thailand since the end of May.
The fatal incident occurred on Sunday after Mr Clifford fell through the roof of the closed Kad Suan Kaew shopping mall.
Thai media claimed the roof over the electricity room could not hold his weight and he appeared to have fallen through it and died after falling into electrical generator machinery.
News of the tragedy has caused shock in Carryduff on the outskirts of south Belfast.
It is understood Mr Clifford was a former student at St Patrick's High School in Downpatrick.
A spokesman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London confirmed staff were providing assistance to Mr Clifford's family.
"We can confirm the death of a British national on July 14 in Thailand," he said.
"We are providing consular assistance to his family at this time."
Kad Suan Kaew shopping mall is home to a number of western fast food takeaways, and is one of the largest in northern Thailand.
Chiang Mai is the largest and most culturally significant city in northern Thailand. It is the capital of Chiang Mai Province and is located about 435 miles north of Bangkok.
In recent years, Chiang Mai has become an increasingly modern city and has been attracting over five million visitors each year, of which between 1.4 million and two million are foreign tourists.