Man and son fall to deaths

Man and son fall to deaths
The wake of Mr Desmond Soong with his father, Mr Soong Ya Cai(inset). at Block 607, Clementi West Street 1.

A man and his son fell to their deaths from an apartment block in Singapore within seconds of each other, reported China Press.

The father, Song Ya Chai, 66, who had Parkinson's disease, and his son, Sheng Loong, 30, were believed to have been embroiled in an argument prior to the incident at 2.24pm on Monday.

Although nobody saw the men falling, a neighbour had heard two loud thuds - one after another - before the body of Ya Chai was found on the ground Block 605, Clementi West Street 1, while that of Sheng Loong landed on the roof of a walkway nearby.

Ya Chai's wheelchair was also found on the 17th floor of the block, although he was said to be living in a unit on the seventh floor.

Upon learning of the incident, his wife went into shock, wailing hysterically.

Her daughter, believed to be in her 20s, had to restrain her after she took out her frustration on a policewoman.

There was speculation that Ya Chai could have first plunged to his death as a move to end his suffering from the debilitating disease.

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