Eighth-floor leap kills man

By David Eames

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A 28-year-old Auckland man died yesterday morning when he tried to leap from an eighth-floor balcony into the Waitemata Harbour.

Police were called to the Princes Wharf property about 4am, after Adam Douglas Marshall reportedly tried to jump from the balcony of a privately-owned penthouse into the Waitemata Harbour.

He landed on concrete close to the water's edge, on the eastern side of Princes Wharf.

Police said Mr Marshall had reportedly been drinking with friends that evening, and had earlier spoken of trying to jump from the penthouse into the water.

Police spokeswoman Noreen Hegarty last night confirmed Mr Marshall's death was being treated as a sudden death, and was not considered suspicious.

"It was a deliberate jump, with an unforeseen result," she said.

"The information we have is it certainly was an accident in terms of the outcome. The incident itself wasn't accidental."

The results of the police investigation would be sent to the coroner, she said.

- NZ Herald

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