Debt and gambling suspected in father’s fatal fall after pushing 7-year-old son down from top of Kowloon City Plaza

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Kowloon City Plaza

5th March 2024 – (Hong Kong) Last evening at Kowloon City Plaza, a father and son duo plummeted to the ground, leading to the unfortunate demise of the 58-year-old father and critical injuries to his 7-year-old son. The police are currently investigating the incident as an attempted murder-suicide.

Sources report that at approximately 9.28pm, emergency services were called to 128 Carpenter Road, where they found the adult male and young boy unconscious in an alleyway behind the shopping complex. Both individuals were immediately rushed to separate hospitals, with the child being taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital and the father to Kwong Wah Hospital. Despite the resuscitation efforts in the emergency room, the father was pronounced dead later that night, while the child underwent urgent surgery and remains in a coma.

The deceased, identified by the surname Ma, is believed to have led his son to the rooftop parking area of the shopping mall before making the fateful leap. The police have not recovered a suicide note but have found a taxi driver’s license among the father’s possessions, suggesting financial desperation may have been a factor in the incident. The police are rigorously examining the father’s financials to ascertain if gambling debts may have driven him to this tragic decision.

Two female relatives, one of whom is the mother of the injured boy, were escorted by officers from the scene in a state of distress and later taken to the hospital to be by the child’s side. The police, having initially categorised the case as a fall from height, have reclassified the investigation as an attempted murder and suicide, with the serious crime unit taking charge of the proceedings.