Man and woman die after falling from upscale Hong Kong apartment building


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  • Thursday, 16 Jan 2020

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A man and a woman have died after falling from their room in an upscale waterfront apartment building in Hong Kong.

The pair were discovered on Wednesday morning in the outdoor seating area of a cafe on the fourth floor of the K11 Musea shopping centre in Tsim Sha Tsui, at about 10.45am.

A source said police were investigating whether the duo, who were British passport holders, committed suicide.

The source said two signed suicide notes had been found in the bedroom of the K11 Artus serviced apartment, along with a white powder on a desk which police suspect could be cocaine.

Police are investigating whether the pair died in a suicide pact. Photo: Fung Chang

“We believe the two victims fell in the early hours of Wednesday when the restaurant closed, and their bodies were found when staff arrived for work,” the source said.

The notes, one in Chinese and one in English, made reference to the pair’s sadness at the ongoing anti-government protests, and their opposition to the now-withdrawn extradition bill. The woman also held a Hong Kong ID card.

Police were checking security footage to rule out foul play.

“We suspect it was a suicide pact,” the source said. “Further investigation is needed to confirm this.”

The serviced apartment is property of New World Development. The Post has approached New World Development for comment.

Hong Kong has been gripped by more than seven months of social unrest, sparked by opposition to a extradition bill, since withdrawn, which would have allowed the transfer of suspects to stand trial in mainland China, among other jurisdictions.

Demonstrations have repeatedly ended in clashes between anti-government protesters and police.

If you are having suicidal thoughts, or you know someone who is, help is available. For Hong Kong, dial +852 2896 0000 for The Samaritans or +852 2382 0000 for Suicide Prevention Services. In the US, call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on +1 800 273 8255. For a list of other nations’ helplines, see this page.

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