An inquest has been held into the death of Kiu Shing Tsang, from Farnborough, who died after jumping off Kingsmead car park
A pensioner who jumped to his death from a Farnborough multi-storey car park had ‘made up his mind’, despite attempts made to talk him down by a passer-by.
Kiu Shing Tsang, 83, of Burnsall Close, was seen falling from the fourth storey of the Kingsmead shopping centre car park at around 8.15am on Saturday November 9 and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The inquest into his death at Alton Magistrates’ Court on December 18 heard that the reasons for his suicide were a mystery.
A witness to the jump spoke of her attempts to reason with Mr Tsang, who was married and originally from Hong Kong.
Joanna Green was on her way to work when she parked near the pensioner and saw him peering over the edge of the car park.
She asked if he was okay and he said he was, but then moved onto the ledge with his legs dangling off the edge. He declined to come down when asked by Ms Green.
As a security guard approached from an office, Mr Tsang pushed himself over the edge. It was said his legs hit a lower ledge, sending him into a spin and causing him to land on his head and chest.
“I was looking at the man one second and then he literally just jumped,” added Ms Green. “He was calm. He seemed like he had made up his mind.
“I tried so hard to get him to come down but I don’t think I could have changed his mind. I tried.”
A statement from taxi driver Colin Daly was read to the court, in which he said he had come out of Sainsbury’s to see Mr Tsang up on the car park ledge. He said he turned away to call the police and never once turned back, even after he heard the thud.
“As soon as I looked up I knew what was going to happen, that’s why I turned away,” he said.
Shopper Jessica Pullinger, who was just metres away from Mr Tsang when he landed on the ground, agreed that it appeared there was nothing anyone could have done to prevent his death.
Paramedics attempted CPR but he was pronounced dead at the scene and was covered in a blanket and surrounded by screens before he was taken away.
Roads around Kingsmead were closed for almost three hours after the incident and floral tributes were left at the scene, along with a basket of fruit.
In the days after his death, neighbours of Mr Tsang said he was ‘such a nice man’, ‘very friendly’ and well known in the area.
Coroner Andrew Bradley recorded a verdict of suicide at the hearing. Grandson Rocky Tsang said the death had ‘baffled’ his family.
He said he had met his grandfather shortly before he died to show off his university graduation photo, and that he had been ‘genuinely really happy’.
“To this day we genuinely struggle to figure out why he did it,” he said, adding that his grandfather had planned days out and a holiday to see relatives in the following days. “It came as a shock to all of us, but I know he is in a happy place now.”
He thanked the witnesses for the assistance they had offered to Mr Tsang at the time.