Date
24 January 2017
Celia Sie (inset) is said to have confronted her Filipino domestic helper over her missing jewelry. The helper confessed to stealing them before jumping to her death from Sie's apartment, according to police. Photos: HKEJ, Apple Daily
Celia Sie (inset) is said to have confronted her Filipino domestic helper over her missing jewelry. The helper confessed to stealing them before jumping to her death from Sie's apartment, according to police. Photos: HKEJ, Apple Daily

Filipina jumps to death after admitting theft to employer

A Filipino domestic helper plunged to her death after admitting she had stolen jewelry from her employer.

The 29-year-old woman, named Janice, worked for Celia Sie, a former TVB actress and radio host who now runs a modeling agency.

Sie was at home when the incident happened at about 9:55 a.m. on Thursday, Apple Daily reports.

Janice jumped from a kitchen window in Sie’s 21st-floor flat in The Riva, an upmarket residential estate in Hong Kong’s Yuen Long district.

Paramedics pronounced her dead at the scene.

No suicide note was found and police are treating the death as suicide. An autopsy is pending.

Investigators said Janice might have been distraught over an incident in which she confessed to stealing jewelry from Sie.

Sie had apparently confronted Janice when she could not find the jewelry, worth about HK$600,000 (US$77,400).

Janice admitted she had pawned them, investigators said.

They said Janice appeared agitated when Sie was preparing to bring her to the pawn shop shortly before the incident occurred.

Cheung Kit-man, chairman of the Hong Kong Employment Agencies Association, said domestic helpers who are found to have stolen from their employers should be dismissed immediately to avoid more serious incidents in the future.

This can happen when trust between employer and helper has been broken, he said.  

Joan Chan, convenor of a volunteer group helping foreign domestic helpers, said employers should leave such matters to the authorities.

EJ Insight supports efforts to help people deal with depression and related issues. Here is the 24-hour multilingual suicide prevention hotline of The Samaritans: +852 2896 0000 (or email [email protected])

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