Sanctuary Cove, Gold Coast: ‘Agitated and aggressive’ man died at Thai restaurant

Horrifying moment ‘highly agitated’ man died in front of shocked diners after bursting into restaurant screaming ‘someone wants to kill me’

  • Police and paramedics attended Chim Thai Cove restaurant
  • ‘Agitated’ man caused a commotion at the Gold Coast venue
  • Queensland Police ethical standards are investigating  

Diners at an Australian restaurant were left in shock after a ‘highly agitated and aggressive’ man in his 40s burst through the doors and then died. 

The man was reportedly screaming and yelling and appeared to be on drugs, causing a number of diners at Chim Thai Cove restaurant, at ritzy Sanctuary Cove on the Gold Coast, to attempt to restrain him.

Business owner Ratana Leighton, who was behind the bar, said there were hundreds of people at the venue for the Friday night rush when the man caused the commotion about 7.15pm before he then appeared to lose consciousness. 

The man burst into Chim Thai Cove restaurant on the Gold Coast (pictured) during Friday night rush and caused a commotion claiming somebody was trying kill him before he passed out

She said the man tried to enter the kitchen but staff pushed him out and that he repeatedly told them ‘someone wants to kill me,’ she told the ABC.  

Police arrived within minutes after disturbances at nearby venues had already been called in.

When the man passed out, officers performed CPR with the assistance of a doctor who was dining at the establishment. 

Paramedics then arrived shortly after but the man could not be resuscitated. 

The man’s cause of death has not been confirmed. 

Queensland Police Ethical Standards Command are investigating the incident overseen by the Crime and Corruption Commission.

Police are asking for anyone who might have been in the area and has information to contact them.