A TRIP to a market ended in tragedy when an 81-year-old woman fell down a flight of stairs, a Coroner's Court heard yesterday. Chan Yau, who used a walking stick, was heading from her home to nearby Shun Lee Market in Kowloon on August 22 last year when she fell. She was taken to United Christian Hospital with head injuries. Chan was later moved to Prince of Wales Hospital where she died the following morning. Coroner Warner Banks recorded a verdict of accidental death on Chan, a former factory worker. In his summing-up, he noted that there were no handrails on either side of the stairs. But handrails had since been erected by the Housing Authority, the court heard. Outside court, Chan's sister-in-law Leung Siu-ying said the Housing Authority should also install a handrail in the middle of the stairs. Chan's friend, Tong Chuen-fong, 64, said Chan's husband, now deceased, left her for another woman many years ago. Since then, Chan had lived alone in Shun Lee Estate.