The widow of a policeman who leapt to his death from the roof of Yuen Long police station said yesterday she could have persuaded him not to jump but was stopped from talking to him by fellow officers. Police said it would have been inappropriate to let her see her husband - Constable Ling Kim-chiu, 28 - because she had been in an emotional state before he jumped on Sunday. The woman, who did not give her name, told a Commercial Radio programme that she hailed a taxi and went to the police station from her Tuen Mun home after receiving a call from her husband, who asked her to take good care of their baby son. She said he had not jumped when she arrived. She was told to go to the report room and was asked for her personal details. 'They did not let me to go to the roof and see my husband,' she said. 'They just kept asking me questions like my identity card number and name and took a statement from me . . . I had told them that I wanted to see my husband.' She also accused police of treating her like a criminal. 'Why could they not allow me to go up and talk to my husband? If I could have talked to him, I might have persuaded him to come down. He thought his colleagues had not treated him well. If he saw colleagues during the negotiations, this could have made him emotional. If he could see relatives, he might have softened his stance and might have come down.' She said she was not told of his death until she arrived at Tuen Mun Hospital. One of the officer's relatives said Ling jumped from the roof of the seven-storey police station five to eight minutes after his wife and relatives arrived. Yuen Long district commander Chief Superintendent Trevor Oakes said: 'His wife was in an extremely emotional state when she arrived. The officers present decided that it was not appropriate to let her see him because she might inflame the situation.' He refused to comment on claims Ling had been badly treated by his former superior or discriminated against by colleagues. The investigation over his death was continuing. A note left by Ling said he killed himself due to work-related stress. Mr Oakes said police negotiators were sent to the scene but the officer had jumped by the time they arrived. Ling, named as one of 10 outstanding policemen in Yuen Long district in 1998-99, is survived by his widow and six-month-old son. A police source said Ling had been considered for promotion to sergeant. He had been in the force for about 10 years.