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Incident at Belconnen Mall

By johnboy 12 May 2013 46

This in from ACT Policing:

— ACT Policing is responding to an incident at Westfield Belconnen where a man has been injured.
— Police received the report about 3.05pm that a man had fallen from the 3rd floor.
— Police are not treating the incident as suspicious.
— The man has been conveyed to The Canberra Hospital in a serious condition.
— No further information will be provided.

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riotrossco 11:39 pm 09 Jun 13

I’M still at a loss to read any official notification that this was in fact a suicide, yet everyone is saying its suicide.

    johnboy 8:28 am 10 Jun 13

    There’s never an official statement.

    It’s a very dangerous grey area IMHO

astrojax 1:50 pm 16 May 13

Dilandach said :

with the express desire that people witness it.

well, no, that’s the point – we don’t and can’t know his ‘express desire’ and as tetra and i were trying tompoint out, you don’t seem to have a deep understanding of depression / bipolar disoorder as such matters are very likely far from the poor chap’s mental processes… but perhaps we cn just agree to disagree on this and leave it alone..?

Dilandach 1:15 pm 16 May 13

astrojax said :

^ well, basically, this. as tetra notes, there is no ‘obviously’ about this – i’d urge you to acquire an understanding of what depression and bipolar is before making ill-judged statements on a public forum.

Bringing up things to garner an emotional response and sympathy does nothing. Fact remains, it was done with witnesses and small children around. I don’t think he should have flapped off and done it out of the way, he shouldn’t have done it at all. It would be my preference and the preference I’m sure of many others that he had got help.

Again you or I don’t know the circumstances that led to wanting to do it in such a public fashion. He could have been a great guy pushed the the edge, could have had mental issues, could have been drugged to the eyeballs or could have been a horrible person escaping punishment for crimes committed. Whoever he was or whatever he did, it doesn’t change the fact that he did what he did in public with the express desire that people witness it.

Terrible yes but in such a place where the general public is and can be traumatised it nullifies any sympathy that may be had from someone doing such a thing.

astrojax 12:16 pm 16 May 13

Tetranitrate said :

Dilandach said :

astrojax said :

i rather think that traumatising others is the primary motivation. – i meant ‘isn’t’, of course…

It was obviously at the very least a partial motivation. A place was picked along with a time/opportunity created when there would be a reasonable amount of people there. As I said, there was a decision to do it then and there.

If the guy had done it in an area that was not in the view of the general public or in the privacy of his own home, I’d absolutely have sympathy for him and hoped he would get the help required. Instead a selfish decision was undertaken which caused distress not only to his family members but for the general public and employees of the general area including the children’s playground nearby.

So basically, you’d be happy if he just f*cked off and offed himself quietly out of sight and out of mind?

Trying to judge an action that’s almost by definition irrational as though it’s a rational, well thought out and well considered choice made under optimal conditions is ridiculous.

^ well, basically, this. as tetra notes, there is no ‘obviously’ about this – i’d urge you to acquire an understanding of what depression and bipolar is before making ill-judged statements on a public forum.

Tetranitrate 5:47 pm 14 May 13

c_c™ said :

Tetranitrate said :

-it’s a bit of a suicide ‘spot’ right there. Same deal as ‘the gap’ up in Sydney, albeit the numbers are far fewer.

It just occurred to me. There’s a very large external balcony at Westfield, top floor, facing out over Benjamin Way. The windows of the shops on the balcony are all painted up. Why there’s even access to it still I don’t know.

But I noted when I saw it years back that the original concrete balustrade (which is about the height of a typical balustrade in a public building) has been augmented by steel barriers on top, bringing it up to shoulder height.

After reading this, thinking perhaps there was a sad reason they added those barriers that balcony.

Yeah I know the area you’re talking about. It’s bloody dreary out there – there being a walkway there makes sense for the second floor as it was the route to the old bus interchange (‘streets in the sky’ and all that), I can only imagine that the 3rd floor one is there simply as a consequence of sheltering the 2nd floor one from rain. There are also a couple of external stairways in the carpark – but it doesn’t really serve any purpose whatsoever now.

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