A wealthy British expat and his Filipina partner in Hong Kong were arrested after their 15-year-old daughter plunges to her death from their luxurious apartment in Repulse Bay on Tuesday, April 7.
The couple were suspected of maltreating the teenage girl, according to the South China Morning Post report. They are believed to have two daughters; the youngest aged 13 but it was not immediately known whether the two were legally married.
The father was identified as Nick Cousins who is reported to be the managing director of one of the largest insurance brokers in Hong Kong. The mother’s name has not yet been released.
Police report said the British father, 57, and the Filipina mother, 53, were watching a movie in the living room of their apartment late Monday while the two girls were watching television inside their room.
Around 1:45 am the next day, the parents found their eldest daughter locked inside the toilet of the master’s bedroom. When they tried to open the door, the girl supposedly jumped from the window to her death.
The guard of the building heard a loud bang and found the girl lying unconscious on the ground. Paramedics who responded to the scene declared the victim dead on the spot.
Daughters were not registered
While investigating, it was found out that the two girls were never registered; which means they don’t have birth certificates and travel documents.
According to a source who spoke to South China Morning Post on the condition of anonymity, the Filipina went to work as a domestic helper for the British expat in 1994. They eventually ended as romantic partners and had two daughters.
The eldest was born in 1999 followed by the youngest in 2000. Both were born in a private hospital, but authorities are still investigating why the parents never applied for the necessary documents of their children. (Click here to read more)