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Gov't does new autopsy on DH who fell to death in China

13 November 2017

The Hong Kong government conducted on Nov 13 its own autopsy on the remains of Lorain Asuncion, the 28-year-old Filipina domestic helper who fell to her death in Shenzhen in late July. 

The decision to perform its own forensic examination of the maid’s body was made by the government two days before Asuncion’s remains were to have been flown home on Nov 12, an officer of the Consulate’s assistance to nationals section told The SUN in a telephone inquiry.

The new autopsy was the third such procedure performed on Asuncion since she was reported to have plunged to her death from the 22nd floor window of the flat of her female employer’s father in Longgang District, Shenzhen on July 23 or 24.

She arrived there on July 22 supposedly to join her employers’ family, who went to spend their summer vacation on the mainland but were elsewhere when the tragedy happened.

Two previous autopsies performed separately by the Shenzhen police and a private forensic expert both ruled out foul play.

Danny Baldon, the ATN officer who has been liaising with the police since the remains of Asuncion, single, arrived in Hong Kong on the evening of Nov 9, said the autopsy is a standard requirement for bodies that are in transit here to their final destination.

He said he would try to arrange a public viewing for friends and supporters of the deceased OFW before she would be finally flown home.

The remains were taken directly to the Fushan Public Mortuary in Taiwai, Shatin, where the autopsy was conducted.

The original plan by her recruitment agency in Hong Kong, Sunlight Employment Agency, was for the cadaver to be taken to Universal Funeral Parlour in Hung Hom before her onward flight to Manila last Sunday, Baldon said.

He said the remains were already booked on Philippine Airlines flight PR301, but the surprise decision to do a new autopsy would now call for Asuncion’s repatriation to be rescheduled. 

Baldon said Asuncion's family had been informed of the decision to conduct another autopsy, and that an aunt of hers who works in Hong Kong gave her consent to the autopsy on Nov 10.

In Manila, the sister of Asuncion, Jenevieve A. Javier, told The SUN her family wanted the Hong Kong police to conduct their own autopsy of her sister's remains in order to clear lingering doubts surrounding her death.

Meanwhile, Asuncion's employers, the couple Gu Hauiyu and Ms Liu, are under investigation by the Hong Kong police in connection with the maid's trips to Shenzhen with her employers.

Gu and Liu are due to report back to the police headquarters by the end of December, a police spokesman told The SUN on Nov 9. 

Asuncion had been reportedly taken four times previously to the Shenzhen flat of Liu Heping, father of her female employer, to do house chores there.

On July 23, the elder Liu called police at 9:30am to report that the maid had gone missing but her belongings were in the flat. At around the same time the next day, he called again and reported finding the maid’s body on the garden below the block.  
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