Man who fell from 52nd floor of MBS probably committed suicide: Coroner

A tourist, whose body was badly severed in the fall from the 52nd floor of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel last June, was likely to have committed suicide, a coroner court heard on Tuesday.

The head and torso of Mr Wilim Charles were found on a 17th floor balcony while his legs were found in the fountain on the ground floor. Other parts of him were scattered about.

The investigation report tendered to court last week indicated that he had very likely taken his life because of relationship problems with either his family or girlfriend. The Indonesian national had arrived here on May 26 last year and checked into a suite at the hotel. On June 18, Ms Esther Lee Ying Ching, 28, a Taiwanese, joined him. They had met during her previous visit in April last year.

She told police investigators that Mr Charles came across as "an unhappy person" but he did not disclose the reasons for his unhappiness. Although he had invited her to stay with him in the suite, he would ignore her and refused to talk to her because of constant headaches. She moved out on June 20. He had told her that day that "he wanted to be alone" and "had some matters to settle". Other friends interviewed by police said that Mr Charles, who did not have a job, appeared to have been hurt by a previous relationship. They were unable to provide more details.

He was last seen alive smoking a cigar seated at a desk in the suite by the butler who came to carry Ms Lee's bags down at about 4pm. Casino records showed that although he was a Diamond Reward member, he was not a frequent gambler, having last played on April 14 last year. There was also about $43,000 in cash in the suite.

The autopsy indicated that Mr Charles had consumed an antihistamine used to treat allergy or flu and an antidepressant.

Lawyer Chandra Mohan K. Nair, who was holding a watching brief for the family, told The Straits Times that Mr Charles was single and was from Jakarta. No family member attended the inquiry.

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