Teen fell to death trying to leave flat via window

Teen fell to death trying to leave flat via window
File photo of a window ledge.

SINGAPORE - A teen forced to stay inside a flat as punishment for stealing $700 from his father died after falling from a fifth-floor window while trying to get out.

An inquest heard on Monday that Mr Ong Wen Bin, 18, was found at the foot of Block 955 Hougang Avenue 9, conscious and in pain on June 7.

He died in hospital about four hours later in surgery.

Wen Bin had sent a text message to his uncle and phoned his mother just before his fall, asking for their help after his father had refused to let him leave the flat.

The court heard that Wen Bin's parents were divorced and had been living apart since 2010.

Wen Bin was living with his 56-year-old mother in a Tampines flat and would visit his father at the Hougang unit four to five times a week.

Wen Bin, who was born with a learning disability, went to the unit, owned by his uncle, at about noon that day.

When he later told his father, Mr Ong Tan Chye, 68, that he wanted to leave, Mr Ong refused, saying he would have to stay until his mother came to collect him.

Wen Bin sent a text message to his uncle at 1.22pm and called his mother 16 minutes later, claiming his father threatened to beat and kill him.

She did not take him seriously but decided to go to the flat.

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