Date
23 September 2017
Greenview Garden estate in Sha Tin where a man jumped to his death on Thursday. Photo: Google Maps
Greenview Garden estate in Sha Tin where a man jumped to his death on Thursday. Photo: Google Maps

Man, 30, takes fatal leap from high-rise amid upskirt photos row

A 30-year-old social worker died after he jumped from a high-rise building in Sha Tin on Thursday, leaving behind messages that he was wrongfully accused of taking secret photos up a woman’s skirt.

The man, surnamed Yuen, is believed to have fallen into depression after he became a suspect in a police case involving a female colleague, Headline Daily reports. 

According to the report, a co-worker reported to the police on May 25 that Yuen, who had been a social worker at a community center in Wong Tai Sin, took upskirt photos of her.

This prompted an investigation, with Yuen refuting the allegations.

Police made a trip to the community center but failed to find any evidence that could prove Yuen guilty.

Then on Thursday, at about 4 pm, officers from the criminal investigation team of Wong Tai Sin District Police Headquarters, which is handling the case, paid a visit to Yuen’s flat in Sha Tin.

Arriving at the apartment at Greenview Garden estate, officers sought information from Yuen to help them in their investigation.

Yuen, who holds a graduate degree from the Chinese university of Hong Kong, answered the door but did not allow the police to enter the flat.

About ten minutes later, a security guard at the residential estate reported that a man fell down the building from a height.

The visiting officers rushed downstairs and were shocked to find Yuen lying on the ground with severe injuries.

He was rushed to a hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Police officers conducted a search of Yuen’s apartment and found two suicide notes — one addressed to Yuen’s parents and the other to his girlfriend.

In the notes, which were dated May 28, Yuen wrote that he had been falsely accused of taking indecent pictures and that he was depressed about the case filed by his co-worker, news website hk01.com reports, citing a police superintendent.

Authorities are continuing with their investigation, and forensic examinations are set be carried out to officially determine the cause of Yuen’s death.

EJ Insight supports efforts to help people deal with depression and related issues. Here is the 24-hour multilingual suicide prevention hotline of The Samaritans: +852 2896 0000 (or email [email protected]).

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