Building owner expresses condolences

12:11 pm on 1 March 2012

The owner of a building that collapsed in last February's earthquake killing a pedestrian has expressed his condolences to the woman's family at a Royal Commission hearing.

Desley Ann Thomson died when the two-storey building at 738 Colombo Street fell.

Using a translator, building owner Jonathon Liu said he had not learnt of Ms Thomson's death until March 2011.

He expressed his sincere condolences to members of her family who were at the hearing.

Mr Liu said that, after the September 2010 earthquake, a tenant who ran the OK Gift shop in his building asked him to organise an engineers' inspection.

He said he asked his property manager to arrange the check but had no further idea of the state of the building until the February earthquake.

Mr Liu could not recall receiving a letter from the engineers in September recommending a full structural inspection but said his property manager handled such matters for him.