After ‘playing online games all night’, teen jumps to his death in Sharjah

Posted on March 27, 2019

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Filed on March 27, 2019 | Last updated on March 27, 2019 at 11.35 pm

His grandfather told Khaleej Times that his grandson seemed depressed.

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A 14-year-old Ukrainian boy reportedly jumped to his death from the 15th-floor window of his family’s flat in Al Majaz on Wednesday. He was supposed to spend the holidays with his grandfather, but when he arrived in the emirate two days ago, his family noticed something off about his behaviour.

His grandfather told Khaleej Times that his grandson seemed depressed. He noticed that the boy didn’t bring any clothes with him and was glued to his smartphone and gadgets the entire time he was with them.

He believed video games and the Internet had caused the teen to “feel isolated and depressed”. On the night before the incident, the grandfather said the boy was busy with his gadgets, “playing online games all night”.  Everyone in the family was sleeping, until the police knocked on their door to tell them that someone had jumped from one of their windows.

The Sharjah Police confirmed that the boy fell to his death and the incident was reported to them in the early hours of Wednesday.  They said they got a call from a passerby about the body of a boy who appeared to have jumped from the building. The police rushed to the site and found the boy dead on the spot.

Investigations are under way to determine the cause of his death. His body had been moved to the forensic laboratory for an autopsy.

The boy lived with his Ukrainian mother in Saudi Arabia, and his parents were divorced, the police said.

His brother, who will be flying into the country on Thursday, is expected to speak to the police to shed light on his brother’s behaviour, including the kind of video games he seemed to be addicted in.

afkarali@khaleejtimes.com

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