Fatal fall

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 26 August, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 26 August, 1998, 12:00am

Convicted drug addict Tse Luen-lam, 49, sits at the window of his cage home in Hennessy Road, Wan Chai (top left) before threatening police with a knife, and jumping 10 floors to his death (main picture). The drama began at about 2pm when Tse, recently released from prison, accused co-tenant Chow Shue-moon, 42, of being a 'police informer' and attacked him with a knife. Mr Chow fled and was followed shortly afterwards by another co-tenant, Luk Wai-hung, 55, who had suffered head injuries. When police were called, Tse threatened to explode an LPG canister and kill himself and three other co-tenants he had taken hostage.

He barricaded himself in the flat, but officers rescued the hostages under the pretext of delivering food to Tse. Au Kam-wah, 58, had injuries to his forehead and neck while Lee Chi-chung, and Chong Ying, both 60, were unhurt. Then, at about 7.50pm, as police negotiators tried to persuade Tse to give up, he jumped, landing 60cm from an air cushion placed under the window.