Son of HK Deputy Education Minister Jumps to His Death

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Investigations show a domestic helper tried to prevent the incident before the man, 25, locked himself in a bedroom and jumped from the window of a 41st-floor flat.

  • Victim was a physiotherapist
  • A sports enthusiast, he was seriously injured in a cycling accident last year
  • Had been suffering from depression since the accident

The eldest son of Hong Kong’s Deputy Education Minister jumped to his death from a luxury residential building in Yau Ma Tei on Thursday.

Paramedics and police were called to the Sorrento housing estate near Kowloon MTR station on Austin Road West following a report from a security guard shortly before noon.

The South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported that the guard had found a man lying on the ninth-floor podium of one of the tower blocks in the complex, a police spokeswoman said. He was taken unconscious to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Yau Ma Tei, where he was later pronounced dead.

The man was identified as Poon Hong-yan, 25, the eldest son of Undersecretary for Education Christine Choi Yuk-lin.

SCMP

The victim and a domestic helper were in a flat on the 41st floor of Tower Three at the time of the incident.

Initial investigations showed that Poon tried to jump off the building from the living room but was stopped by the helper. He then went to his bedroom and locked the door before he jumped out of the window.

It was understood the domestic helper called his father after the incident. She only realised Poon had jumped when officers later arrived.

According to police, no note was found at the scene and initial investigations did not reveal any suspicious circumstances.

SCMP

According to Chinese media reports, the son had just started working as a physiotherapist at the North District Hospital three weeks ago.

A sports enthusiast who liked cycling and running, he was seriously injured in an accident last year while riding a bicycle and had suffered from depression since.

Choi was appointed the new undersecretary for education in August despite strong objections from opposition pan-democrat politicians who were suspicious of her pro-Beijing credentials.

In a statement issued through the Education Bureau, Choi expressed her gratitude for the concern shown for her family and also asked the public for space to get through the difficult time.

Just three days earlier, on the eve of the Hungry Ghost Festival, a murder-suicide took place also in Yau Ma Tei. In that incident, Chow Wai-fai was believed to have killed his wife Fong Yin-ting, thrown her body from their 28th-floor flat in luxurious apartment block The Coronation, before jumping to his death.


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