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Alstonville man falls to his death from balcony in Bali

AN Alstonville man has fallen to his death from a Bali hotel balcony after reportedly speaking to hotel staff in a confused state.

Staff found Mark David Sansom, 31, dead at the Harris Sunset Road Hotel in Denpasar about 9pm Friday, according to South Denpasar police chief Nanang Prihasmoko.

Police received a report Mr Sansom had been found with serious head injuries and following initial investigations officers alleged he took his own life by jumping from his second floor room.

Mark Sansom, pictured here in Indonesia, died after falling from a balcony at a hotel at Bali.
Mark Sansom, pictured here in Indonesia, died after falling from a balcony at a hotel at Bali. Facebook

"We allege that he jumped from his room, causing severe head injuries. When found, the victim was dead," Mr Nanang told reporters.

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

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

The hotel's sales and marketing director, Leo Ramadhanus, told reporters that a 1.5m fence surrounded the balcony.

The police chief said no alcohol or drugs were found in Mr Sansom's room and that only an empty mineral water bottle was found in the room's garbage.

Based on a statement from the hotel's manager, Wayan Suandi, Mr Sansom was not making sense when he allegedly spoke with him in the hotel's lobby just before the fall.

"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," Mr Nanang said.

"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."

There was no security cameras in the area where Mr Sansom fell. It is understood Mr Sansom checked into the hotel on September 8 and was due to leave on Saturday.

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