Date
22 October 2017
Friends describe Blanca Cousins (above right) as a "sunshine girl" who loved horseback riding. Her father Nick (inset) is free on bail. Photos: www.linkedin.com, Ming Pao, TVB.com
Friends describe Blanca Cousins (above right) as a "sunshine girl" who loved horseback riding. Her father Nick (inset) is free on bail. Photos: www.linkedin.com, Ming Pao, TVB.com

British executive arrested after teen daughter falls to death

A British executive is free on bail following his arrest after his 15-year-old daughter fell to her death from the family’s high-rise apartment in an exclusive Hong Kong neighborhood.

Nick Cousins, 58, managing director of insurance broker Jardine Lloyd Thompson Hong Kong, was briefly detained by police investigators in the death of his daughter Blanca.

His Filipino live-in partner, Grace Cousins, remains in custody, Apple Daily reported Wednesday.

Blanca died after she fell from the master ensuite of their 19th floor flat at 3 Repulse Bay Road on Tuesday.

No suicide note was found but investigators said Blanca had been unhappy about her identity.

The victim and her 14-year-old sister have no Hong Kong registration papers and were mistreated by their parents, the report said.

The Social Welfare Department has taken custody of the younger sister.

Both children were born in a private hospital and educated by private tutors.

The mother is a former domestic helper who has overstayed her Hong Kong visa, the report said, citing investigators.

She met Cousins at a party in 1994 and they began living together shortly after.

Her immigration status might have been the reason the children were never registered, police sources were quoted as saying.

Blanca’s friends described her as a “sunshine girl” who loved dancing, horseback riding and sports.

On her Facebook page, Blanca wrote “Yes I’m crazy, but normal is boring for me”.

Jessica Ho, director of non-government protection group Against Child Abuse in Hong Kong, said children with no birth certificates cannot go to school or do things their peers can do, making them lose their sense of identity.

As they grow up, they will realize that they are living in a different world from normal people and that could affect their mental and emotional well-being, she said.

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