Date
23 September 2017
A file photo shows police officers questioning some people near the scene of a house fire in Yuen Long last month. Photo: RTHK
A file photo shows police officers questioning some people near the scene of a house fire in Yuen Long last month. Photo: RTHK

Village house fire classified as arson & murder involving maid

Police have classified a Yuen Long house fire incident that claimed the lives of two women late last month as a case of murder, suicide and arson, RTHK reported Friday.

On Jan. 30, police received a call for help from a 57-year-old woman who suspected something was amiss at the home of her 96-year-old mother who lives in Pat Heung village.

The woman reported that the mother’s home was locked up and that no one was answering the door.

Police then came and made their way into the house for an inspection.

There they found the bodies of the elderly lady, a person surnamed Chan, and that of her Indonesian domestic helper, a 36-year-old named Ayumi.

Both had burn marks on their bodies, and police pronounced them dead at the scene.

An initial investigation suggested that the maid died while trying to protect her employer from a blaze.

However, investigations by the Yuen Long Police crime unit have now indicated that the maid may have set the house on fire with the intent of committing suicide as well as killing her employer.

The investigations have prompted the police to reclassify the case as one of murder, suicide and arson.

Joan Tsui Hiu-tung, convenor of the Support Group for Hong Kong Employers with Foreign Domestic Helpers, urged people to show care to their parents and maids who live separately.

Maid dies in bid to rescue elderly employer from house fire (Feb. 1, 2016)

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