Man mindful of sleeping flatmate injured in second-floor fall after climbing to Hong Kong home

After night out, 20-year-old Frenchman who forgot key took to drainpipes

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 31 August, 2017, 1:56pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 31 August, 2017, 1:58pm

A Frenchman who forgot his house key escaped serious injury in a fall after trying to climb into his second-floor flat in Hong Kong soon after daybreak Thursday.

The 20-year-old man, identified by police only as Ivan, was injured in the head and suffered scratches on his back and arm in a three-metre fall in Sai Ying Pun, police said. He was taken conscious to Queen Mary Hospital in Pok Fu Lam for treatment.

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The man began his perilous ascent of the six-storey apartment block at the junction of Second Street and Ui On Lane before 6.30am Thursday, unable to enter his second-floor flat after a night out.

“Initial information showed he did not want to press the doorbell and wake up his flatmate so he tried to climb up the building along drainpipes and into his flat,” a police source said.

He did not want to press the doorbell and wake up his flatmate
police source

“He slipped and lost his grip while reaching the first floor and then tumbled to the ground-floor pavement.”

The man was bleeding from the head and found by a passer-by who thought he had jumped off the building in an attempted suicide. The passer-by called police at 6.22am.

The Frenchman was discharged from the hospital after receiving treatment.

Police said officers detected a scent of alcohol on the man.

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A police spokeswoman said initial investigation found nothing suspicious. The case was classified as an accident.