Solved: What Caused the Fell of Vernon Leong

So the mystery has finally solved? A follow up post on, "Kerin Peh & Vernon Leong: 'Til Death Do Us Unite", the answer to the puzzle of what happened to Vernon Leong who mysteriously fell to his death at the Hilton Hotel on the night of their wedding last November.

Besides the inevitable gravity, it's concluded that alcohol has played its dirty hand in this case.

Here's to a long life and a merry one
A quick death and an easy one
A pretty girl and an honest one
A cold beer and another one!

~Author Unknown

COMPUTER shop owner Vernon Leong Jun Wei was was drunk and disoriented when he fell off a fourth-floor rootfop of the Hilton Singapore hotel on his wedding night in November last year, a coroner's court ruled on Wednesday.

He had a mixture of red wine, beer and hard liquor in his blood, and this probably disoriented his senses.

State Coroner Victor Yeo ruled his death a misadventure. The coroner said evidence and closed circuit television footage showed that Mr Leong, 31, got lost in the hotel's fire exit stairway after celebrating his wedding dinner in the hotel's ballroom.

The rooftop lights had been switched off after midnight and the coroner said Mr Leong would have stumbled in the dark and accidentally fallen some 13m to his death. The court heard that the rooftop had no railings, just a 17cm-high ledge that was 13cm wide. The coroner noted that it was clear that Mr Leong was tired and feeling the effects of the liquor.

Forensic pathologist Teo Eng Swee indicated in the investigation report that the alcohol in Mr Leong's body was 161/100ml. At that level - which is double the legal limit - a person is likely to display signs of drunkenness that include nausea, slurred speech, confusion and impaired judgement, Dr Teo added.

The inquiry also heard that Mr Leong's bride Kerin Peh Li Ling, 28, had called hotel reception at about 3.15am on Nov 4 to say that her husband was missing from the room and that he was drunk. She was told hotel security officers would look for him but they found him dead on the driveway in front of the Orchard Road hotel.

Ms Peh fell to her death last month.

From Straits Times, "Drunk and disoriented".


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