Police are investigating whether two men who fell to their deaths in the space of an hour-and-a-half yesterday were under the influence of drugs. A small amount of a drug believed to be ketamine was found on the body of one of the men and at the home of the other.
The first death occurred in Yuen Long about 11.30pm on Thursday when a 23-year-old man, identified as Leung, fell from the public corridor outside his fifth-floor flat in Hor Ping House at Long Ping Estate.
About 1am yesterday, a 25-year-old drainage worker, Liao, fell 14 floors from Po Ning House at Po Lam Estate in Tseung Kwan O. A security guard found Leung unconscious on the ground and called police. He was taken to Pok Oi Hospital, where doctors declared him dead at 11.57pm.
A senior police officer said a small quantity of white powder, wrapped in paper and believed to be ketamine, was found on him. Leung, a clerical worker, lived with his wife in the public housing unit. His wife was at home when he fell.
A passer-by found Liao lying unconscious on the ground after hearing a loud bang. He was declared dead by paramedics at the scene.
Liao, who lived with his parents on the 18th floor, had gone to the 14th-floor staircase from where he fell, police said.
Officers seized a small quantity of a substance, also believed to be ketamine, in a plastic bag on his computer desk.
Clifford Lo Mar 06, 2010