American Escapee Bart Allen Helmus Pronounced Dead

American Escapee Bart Allen Helmus Pronounced Dead

The American man who escaped from a courthouse in Pattaya last week and attempted to take his own life as police closed in was pronounced dead on Thursday evening.

Sa Kaeo Crown Prince Hospital announced that Bart Allen Helmus passed away at 6pm Thursday after spending a week in a coma on life support.

Helmus, his Thai wife Sirinapa Wisetrit and a third man, Noi Nilthes, were among 14 inmates being taken from the Special Prison at Nong Pla Lai to the Criminal Court to stand trial.

Shortly after arriving at the courthouse they shot and stabbed a policeman on guard duty before letting themselves out into the carpark where an Isuzu pickup truck was waiting for them.

As police attempted to arrest the American he shot his wife before turning the gun, unsuccessfully, on himself.

The husband and wife were standing trial for possessing a kilo of crystal meth.