They are calling it the ‘curse’ of the Coq D’Argent, the popular French restaurant in the heart of London’s financial district, where a third City professional jumped to her death Tuesday evening, from the roof terrace to the ground some 80 feet below. This is the third suicide from the same spot in the last 5 years.
The London Evening Standard reports that a businesswoman plunged to her death from the rooftop restaurant in front of more than a hundred people.
Horrified diners told how they saw the smartly-dressed Asian woman in her 30s jump eight storeys from the top of Coq D’Argent Tuesday evening, landing in front of shoppers and commuters outside Bank station.
She is said to have taken a sip of wine and placed her handbag on the floor before falling from the packed restaurant.
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In 2009 Anjool Malde, a 24-year-old Deutsche Bank Global Markets equity salesperson, jumped to his death from the same rooftop. Malde is said to have made his death leap wearing his best suit and with a glass of champagne in his hand.
And in May 2007, Richard Ford, a City marketing executive, jumped from the terrace and died after hitting a passing number 76 bus.
One banker told Here Is The City: ‘Perhaps it’s time to close off the rooftop terrace to the public. We live in difficult times, and we should make it as difficult as possible for people to end their lives in this way’.
The latest suicide came just a few days after the tragic death of City lawyer Amanda Telfer, 44, who was crushed to death in Mayfair after a half-tonne window frame fell on top of her as she was walking past.