19 October 2018
A police investigator gathers evidence at the planter where the six-year-old girl fell. Photo: TVB
A police investigator gathers evidence at the planter where the six-year-old girl fell. Photo: TVB

Accident or murder? Girl falls to death from Tsuen Wan building

Police are trying to determine the actual cause of death of a six-year-old girl, who fell from the rooftop of a nine-story building at Yi Pei Square in Tsuen Wan.

The girl, surnamed Lam, was found lying unconscious in a planter outside the building at about 10 p.m. on Saturday by a passer-by, who then called the police, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

Responding police officers rushed her to a nearby hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Initial investigation revealed the girl was playing stones with a 10-year-old girl on the rooftop before she tried to climb over a wall to pick up something, only to trip and fall off the building.

While the police found nothing suspicious at the scene, they took Lam’s playmate to the police station to assist in the investigation but released her later, Ming Pao Daily reported.

Police said they were trying to find out why Lam and her playmate chose to play on the rooftop when the building where she lived with her parents and three siblings is about 40 meters away. 

While still in deep grief, Lam’s mother told investigators that her daughter used to go out to play in a park nearby after dinner.

The mother said when her daughter failed to come home after being away for several hours, she went out of the house to look for her and later learned about what had happened.

The father said he believes Lam’s death was not an accident because a neighbor saw from the window a man raise up the girl and throw her down from the rooftop, Apple Daily reported.

Police have yet to talk to the neighbor who claimed to have witnessed a murder.

Available security camera footage only showed the girl going inside the building with her playmate.

Investigators said they would talk to Lam’s playmate again.

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