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Law Wan-tung, 2nd left, who has been charged with two counts of wounding, one count of common assault and three counts of criminal intimidation, walks next to her husband, 2nd right, as they leave a court in Hong Kong on January 22, 2014. Picture: Tyrone Siu

 

Hong Kong - A foreign domestic helper aged 28 died on Thursday after falling from a residential building in Hong Kong, police said.

They said the helper, whose name and nationality were not given, fell from a building in the Wong Tai Sin district onto a concrete canopy and was certified dead when officers arrived.

“It is understood that she fell off while cleaning windows in a flat,” a police statement said, adding the death was not being treated as suspicious.

There have been a series of such deaths over the years in Hong Kong, where most people live in high-rise apartment blocks.

Last August an 18-month-old boy and an Indonesian domestic helper fell to their deaths from the 19th-floor flat where they lived.

Police said the helper was collecting clothes from a drying rack outside the window.

Conditions for the city's 300 000 domestic helpers - mostly from Indonesia or the Philippines - have come under the spotlight recently following cases of abuse.

A Hong Kong mother-of-two was charged on Wednesday with a serious assault on her Indonesian domestic helper.

Last September a couple were jailed for savagely beating another Indonesian helper.

Sapa-AFP


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