Tuesday, 23. September 2014
01. 07. 14. - 15:00
Chinese police have highlighted the tragic death a man pretending to want to kill himself in order to get attention, but who accidentally slipped and plunged 50 foot to his death.
Xue Yen, 48, had reportedly become convinced that his wife Ling, 46, was having an affair, and when he confronted her with her suspicions that she denied it, he announced that he intended to kill himself.
His brother Feng, 45, said: "He was a jealous man and was always making a big scene about the fact he would kill himself if his wife ever cheated on him, and this time round he decided to make an even bigger fuss by climbing up on the bridge. We all knew he didn't mean it, and we just wanted him to come down before he hurt himself, but our worst fears were realised when he did actually fall."
China has been plagued in recent years with a growing number of dramatic protest actions in which people either alleging injustice at the hands of officials or claiming they've been cheated in love have threatened suicide usually by leaping from a tall building. Such show suicides are so common that in some cases the public fed up with once again finding a road closed had been known to shout at the distressed person to either jump or clear off.
In the latest incident that ended tragically on a bridge in Hefei city in central China’s Anhui province police had found the man's wife and his brother and brought them to the bridge to try and persuade him to come down. Agitated by their presence he had made even more of a fuss and made as if to jump.
But after several hours of similar theatricals during which the bridge was sealed off the man, overconfident and tired had slipped and fallen.
He had tried to grab onto the bridge, but failed and fell down onto the road below where he was killed instantly in front of his hysterical wife and brother.
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