An 18-year-old high school student in Taiwan who inherited millions of dollars, fell to his death just two hours after allegedly marrying a man he met just twice, the victim’s mother alleged.
The student from central Taiwan’s Taichung city, surnamed Lai, inherited a property portfolio worth NT$500m (£13.11m) from his father shortly before his death.
His body was discovered on 4 May lying on the ground outside an apartment building in Beitun district where his husband of two hours, identified as a 26-year-old man surnamed Hsia, lived on the 10th floor.
The death was brought to light by Lai’s mother, surnamed Chen, who held a news conference on 19 May alleging foul play in her son’s death.
Mr Hsia and Lai then registered their marriage and after two hours of their wedlock, Ms Chen was informed of her son’s death.
She told reporters that she “would never accept” that her son died by suicide because he had “no reason to”. Ms Chen described her son as an “obedient boy” set to read philosophy at a local university and had just obtained a motorcycle licence and a new scooter.
Her lawyers claimed that the family believed Lai, who inherited around 30 properties, was killed because of his wealth.
Lai met Mr Hsia twice, with one of those meetings being after death of senior Lai, when the escrow assistant showed up to pay his respect at the wake, the lawyers said. Mr Hsia reportedly had a longstanding relationship with Lai’s father.
Forensic medical expert Kao Ta-cheng examined Lai and the ground where the body was found. He claimed that the injuries Lai suffered showed he was unlikely to have fallen from the 10th floor, noting that there were no haemorrhages in his head or abdominal cavities.