A man who died after falling from the third-floor balcony of an apartment in Sydney’s north-west may have leaned on a wooden railing which collapsed, police say.
Pankaj Saw, 29, an IT analyst, was talking to his wife in India on the phone when he plunged about 10 metres to the ground at the block of apartments in Macquarie Park about 1am on Thursday.
A NSW Police spokesman said detectives believed the Indian national’s death was a result of “misadventure”, and initial investigations suggested there may have been “some fault with the balcony”.
Images of the white brick apartment block, located on the corner of Cottonwood Crescent and Waterloo Road, show a wooden railing missing from the top-floor balcony where Mr Saw fell.
He suffered critical head and internal injuries, and died at the scene.
A smashed cordless phone handset was found on the concrete below the balcony.
Mr Saw worked as a systems support analyst for an Indian-based IT firm, Tech Mahindra, which has offices in North Sydney and Chatswood, and carries out outsourcing work for Optus.
His manager, Karen Waller, said Mr Saw had only recently returned from India after marrying.
Photos posted on Facebook in January show Mr Saw and his wife celebrating their wedding, before honeymooning in Thailand.
Mr Saw is believed to have returned to Australia on his own, and was staying with friends before his wife was due to join him in Australia at a later date.
Ms Waller described the incident very painful and tragic.
“He had so much life and energy.”
Mr Saw was living in the unit with two colleagues, she said.
“He is going to be badly missed,” Ms Waller said.
“We just hope that something is done about what has happened here.
“You can tell that something obviously wasn’t quite right about this apartment.”
She said Mr Saw’s wife had been told of her husband’s death.
Police are preparing a report for the coroner.