Date
24 May 2017
Paramedics try to revive Rimando (inset) after she was found on a ground-floor landing. Photo: Google Maps, Apple Daily
Paramedics try to revive Rimando (inset) after she was found on a ground-floor landing. Photo: Google Maps, Apple Daily

Maid accused of theft by employer’s friend jumps to her death

A Filipino domestic helper jumped to her death from her employer’s flat after being accused of theft.

The 47-year-old woman, known only as Rimando, had been fired by her employer, surnamed Tsang, and was preparing to leave her Ranava Garden flat in Sha Tin on Wednesday.

Rimando had been working for Tsang for more than a year.

The incident happened after a woman, who was visiting Tsang hours earlier, accused Rimando of stealing something from her handbag, Apple Daily reports.

Police were called in but left, having found no evidence, as the woman could not say what was missing from her bag.

Tsang, 43, sacked Rimando on the spot.

Rimando went to her room and began packing.

She was later found on a ground-floor landing and brought to hospital where she was certified dead.

Eman Villanueva, a spokesman for the Asian Migrants’ Coordinating Body, said he was shocked by the incident.

He said it was a typical case of lack of mutual trust between employer and helper.

Villanueva said Tsang could not have been sure about the alleged theft solely from the woman’s claim.

He is urging the police to investigate the woman’s allegation to see if it drove Rimando to kill herself.

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