British expat arrested after teen daughter falls to her death from Hong Kong flat

Businessman arrested on suspicion of 'mistreating daughter'


British expat arrested after teen daughter falls to her death from luxury flat

A British businessman and his wife have been arrested on suspicion of mistreating their daughter after she fell to her death from their £7.5 million flat in Hong Kong.

Nick Cousins, 58, the managing director of London-based insurance multinational Jardine Lloyd Thompson, and his Filipino partner, Grace 53, never registered the birth of their daughter, Bianca, 15, or her 14-year-old sister.

Bianca fell to her death from the family's 21st floor flat in one of Hong Kong's most luxurious apartment buildings at Repulse Bay Road.

Police said the girl had been unhappy with her life and had locked herself in a bathroom before falling from the window in an apparent suicide.

Police said the investigations showed the girl had been unhappyy with her life and plummeted to her death as her parents tried to open the bathroom door.

A security guard called police after finding her body.

According to the Mirror, a police spokeswoman said: "Initial investigations showed there were no suspicious circumstances and she was suspected to have fallen from a height.

"We arrested a 53-year-old Filipino female for overstaying [her visa] and a 58-year-old British male for aiding and abetting an over-stayer.

"Both have also been arrested for suspected ill-treatment of the girl and are currently being detained while the investigation is impending.

"Our investigations indicate the girl was unhappy with her life."

Grace is thought to have worked for Mr Cousins as a domestic helper in the early 1990s before they started living as a couple in 1994.

Mr Cousins has worked at Jardine Lloyd Thompson since 1994. According to the Daily Telegraph, a spokesman for the company said: "We can confirm that our colleague Nick Cousins, the managing director of our Hong Kong Office, has suffered the loss of his eldest daughter in tragic circumstances.

"We are aware that the authorities are investigating a number of matters that have come to light in the wake of this tragic event, which has led to some unfortunate media speculation.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Nick and his family."

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