Date
28 July 2017
Nick Cousins and Herminia Garcia leave the Eastern Law Courts after being charged. Photos: dbc.com, Ming Pao
Nick Cousins and Herminia Garcia leave the Eastern Law Courts after being charged. Photos: dbc.com, Ming Pao

Parents of death plunge teen charged

A British executive whose undocumented teenage daughter jumped to her death from the family’s luxury flat in April has been charged with failing to register the births of his two daughters, Ming Pao Daily reported Friday.

Nick Cousins, 58, managing director of insurance broker Jardine Lloyd Thompson in Hong Kong, was also charged in a court hearing Thursday with helping the girls’ 53-year-old Filipino mother, Herminia Garcia, overstay her visa.

Garcia, who has lived in Hong Kong for more than 20 years and was Cousins’ former domestic helper, is now charged with overstaying.

An earlier charge of child neglect against her has been dropped.

Blanca Cousins, 15, one of the daughters of the live-in partners, died April 7 after she fell from the bathroom of the master bedroom of the 19th-floor flat in Repulse Bay Road, one of Hong Kong’s most exclusive residential areas.

The girl and her 14-year-old sister, who was initially taken to a children’s home but was later released back into her family’s care, have no Hong Kong registration papers.

Police investigators have said Blanca had been unhappy about her identity, possibly because her birth had never been registered.

Without entering a plea, the couple have been released on bail and are due to appear in court on Sept. 24.

The prosecutor told Cousins not to discuss the case with a human resources director in his firm who is listed as a prosecution witness.

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