A MAN has been dangling off an apartment rooftop in Sydney for hours after a woman’s body was found in an alley.
A pedestrian made the grisly discovery of the woman’s body in an alleyway at about 6.30am on Brown Street near Chatswood train station.
The woman appears to have fallen from somewhere in the Brown Street apartment building.
Police and a Korean interpreter are now speaking to the man who is dangling above an awning over a communal gym area on the 26th floor of the building.
The woman’s body is still in the alley covered by a blanket because the body cannot be removed and processed while the police operation is continuing.
The man has only occasionally stopped glancing at the ground many floors below, where the body of the young woman is covered by a police tent.
Police have said they cannot remove the victim’s body and secure the crime scene while the man is still on the awning.
Officers have not yet confirmed either his or the young woman’s identity.
The man has taken off his shoes and placed them on the awning, and can be seen occasionally glancing anxiously back over his shoulder into the gym behind him, where a crime scene has been established.
It is believed the discovery of the woman’s body is linked to the police incident currently at the scene, where a large crowd has gathered to watch.
The man who discovered the woman’s body told the Daily Telegraph he thought the woman was asleep when he found her.
“I went over to wake her up, but then realised she was not going to wake up,” Luke Bladen Williams Hamilton said.
Mr Hamilton said he could tell within 15 seconds that the woman was dead.
“There was blood smeared on the wall. So either she walked there and fell over and touched the walls, or somebody else had touched her.”
A worker from the office building opposite the apartment said an email went round their floor advising that the blinds had been shut and not to open them.
Without the blinds office workers would have had a clear view of the tense scenes unfolding on the awning.
One woman told news.com.au police had stopped her leaving the building.
She said her young children were alarmed to hear about the death of the young woman.
After the passer-by contacted emergency services early on Monday morning, police and paramedics arrived on the scene.
The dead woman was thought to be aged in her 20s and it is understood her fatal injuries are consistent with a fall.
A NSW police spokeswoman said no other details were yet available other than a police operation was underway at the building.
The area is close to a number of apartment buildings and several businesses.
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