Man jumps to his death at police station

AN UNKNOWN man caused a stir yesterday when he allegedly walked up to a fifth floor office at the Hillbrow police station and jumped to his death through a window.

AN UNKNOWN man caused a stir yesterday when he allegedly walked up to a fifth floor office at the Hillbrow police station and jumped to his death through a window.

The man, who had nothing in his possession to identify him, allegedly walked into the police station, passing through a busy charge office on the ground floor and proceeded to the administration offices on the fifth floor.

Police spokesperson Captain Bhekizizwe Mavundla said the reasons for the suicide were not yet known.

He said the man was earlier spotted walking and talking alone inside the police station.

"He entered one of the offices on the fifth floor, which is the administration floor. There were no people on the floor as staff had attended a morning parade," Mavundla said.

"He went to an office which was not locked. He pulled up window blinds, climbed out of the window, stood on the safety wall and voluntarily jumped."

He said the man landed on top of one of the police vehicles in the parking area.

"We do not know what time exactly the incident happened but we became aware of it just after 9am," Mavundla said.

"He suffered multiple body injuries and a postmortem will be conducted to determine the cause of his death."

Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD) said there was no suspicions of wrongdoing by the police.

ICD spokesperson Moses Dlamini said the results of the postmortem would give direction on whether there would be a case against the police.

"Our investigators were sent to the scene and there was no indication of foul play," Dlamini said.

"We will know from the results of a postmortem to be released tomorrow (today) if the man had been assaulted.

"If found that he was assaulted, that will then change everything."

Asked if it was normal for a member of the public to walk past the charge office on the ground floor, which is normally busy with people and police officers and proceeded to the fifth floor unnoticed, Dlamini said: "Police stations are public places.

"Even the commissioner's office is on the fifth floor. People would go there and it would not raise any suspicions."

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