Teenage girl falls to her death from luxury flat

Teenage girl falls to her death from luxury flat

Police say 'no suspicious circumstances' about the 15-year-old's death

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The teenager fell to her death from 19 floors up.
The teenager fell to her death from 19 floors up.
Photo: Sam Tsang/SCMP

A 15-year-old girl locked herself in the bathroom of her family's 19th-floor flat at 3 Repulse Bay, and then fell to her death around 1.45am on Tuesday.

“There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death,” police said.

Police also revealed the girl didn’t have a HKID. In fact, she didn’t have any identity documents at all; neither did her younger sister, 14. The girls are thought to have been born at a private hospital in 1999 and 2000. 

The girls also had never attended school. Instead, both went to a private tutorial centre.

Following the incident, the younger girl was sent to a children’s home, a place where children can live if they cannot live with their family.

The girl’s father, Nick Cousins, and mother were arrested when police discovered the mother has allegedly been living illegally in Hong Kong for about 20 years. Cousins is a 58-year-old Briton working at one of the world’s largest insurance company, Jardine Lloyd Thompson, as a high-level manager.

The mother is from the Philippines, and worked as a domestic helper from around 1990, then started living with Cousins in 1994. 

The couple were also arrested on suspicion of ill-treating their two daughters.

“It is likely the family did not apply for birth certificates or Hong Kong identity cards to avoid the mother’s illegal stay being revealed,” police said.

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