Banker dies after 30m fall

2011-04-10 08:53

Singapore - A British banker died in Singapore after plunging nearly 30m from a hotel rooftop in the new waterfront Marina Bay business district, police and local media said on Sunday.

A police statement to AFP identified the deceased as a British man and an investigation into the "unnatural death" on Thursday evening was ongoing.

"Police received a call... informing us that a person is believed to have fallen from height from a building located along Collyer Quay, into the waters of Marina Bay," the statement said.

"The body of a male British national in his mid-30s was subsequently brought to shore, and he was pronounced dead by a paramedic at scene.

"Police are investigating the unnatural death."

The Sunday Times said the deceased was William Hart, a 37-year-old British man working in the city-state as head of sales for the Bank of China International.

It said Hart was at the hotel's bar located on the seventh floor when he was believed to have breached a metal railing and glass barrier before falling into the waters.

An employee with the Fullerton Bay Hotel confirmed Thursday's incident but declined to give further details.

  • BigMoose - 2011-04-10 09:11

    Did he fall, did he jump, or was he pushed?

  • Julius - 2011-04-10 09:36

    Hope there is a queue of these bankers waiting behind him

      Palian - 2011-04-10 14:33


  • ouch! - 2011-04-10 10:09

    He jumped on this own. It was a dare. pretty stupid

  • Nico - 2011-04-10 11:47

    Condolences to the Hart family. How does one 'breach' a metal railing and glass barrier? Do you break them (maybe by accident) or go through / over them? My mother tongue is'nt English. Trying to understand what happened.

  • Orca - 2011-04-10 13:15

    Unfortunately the laws of gravity apply in Singapore as well.

  • Palian - 2011-04-10 14:35

    cool. i hope whatever irked him is infectious to the type

  • Palian - 2011-04-10 14:37

    wait a minute, didn't he fall on top of a lawyer then bounce and hit a politician too?

  • ridgeback60 - 2011-04-11 12:56

    Your understanding of English is fine. The article doesn't say how the barriers were breached - an awful lot of poor reporting as usual in News24. It might have been a metal rail over clear glass plates, and being very humid all year, there might have been invisible rust that compromised the strength of the safety rails. But at this stage, it's all speculation, an inquest might deliver 'death by misadventure' to 'suicide under the influence' to 'accidental death' or 'company negligence'. IF News24 follows up on this we might know more, but this report is very sketchy.

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