British Backpacker Commits Suicide By Accident After Argument With Boyfriend

An inquest heard that Abi Brown meant only to scare her boyfriend, but it went horribly wrong.

A British traveler unintentionally committed suicide after attempting to scare her boyfriend following what he describes as a “silly row” they had during an evening out in Thailand.


Abigail Brown, called Abi by her friends and family, was out with James Brum, her partner, in Phuket, Thailand when she returned to their home “in a huff”.

The backpacker, 26, who was described by her loved ones as being a “gregarious fun loving girl with a zest for life”, then hanged herself after arriving in her apartment.

Reason Behind Hanging

Jane Rowland, her mother, 50, said during the inquest that she felt that her daughter tried “only to frighten him or upset him or make him realize how upset she was in that moment”.

She then appealed for couples who are young and abroad in exciting new places to watch out for one another, particularly where there is “cheap and unregulated alcohol”, and make sure that they are “always staying safe”.

Brum, 30, later returned to their apartment after he gave Abi around three hours to let her “cool off”, said the coroner, then found her unconscious January 7 of this year.

Hants, Portsmouth Coroner’s Court, heard that he called Rowland and Rob, her husband, at about 4am in the UK’s time. Rowland described her “complete shock” after hearing about the death of her daughter.

She remembered: “James said Abi is gone. We had a silly row, she went back to the room. She hung herself. She’s died.”

“He said [the row] was nothing. They did not really row. I did not see them all the time but they had a whole future planned.”

“That night she had too much to drink. She had gone back in a huff. I know in her mind she thought he was going to follow her back, find her and they would move on and never have that row again.”

“I truly believe Abi did not mean to take her own life. She meant only to frighten him or upset him or make him realize how upset she was in that moment.”