A 50 year old night shift security guard fell unconscious and died at Sai Ying Pun Community Complex, 2, High Street, Sai Yin Pun. His body was discovered by a colleague this morning at 9.30am. When ambulance arrived at the scene, he was pronounced dead.
According to sources, he started his work shift at 11pm last night and he patrolled the surrounding areas until 1am today before falling unconscious on a passage way in the building. Police found medication for heart disease on his body.
Located at the corner of High Street and Eastern Street, the building was built in 1892 as quarters for European nurses and later transformed into an asylum. When Hong Kong was occupied by the Japanese during World War II, the structure was used as an execution ground and bodies were dumped in a mass grave in King George V Memorial Park, which is right across the street.
When the building was abandoned in the 1970s, stories of ghostly sightings began to circulate, telling tales of the ghosts of mental patients and headless prisoners mourning and wandering the corridors late at night. And for the next 20 years, it was the haunt of curious teenagers and drug addicts from a nearby drug rehab clinic.
After being badly damaged by two fires, the Old Mental Hospital was rebuilt in 2001 and in its place now stands the Sai Ying Pun Community Complex, only the original granite façade and arched veranda remain.