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Filipino domestic worker hangs self on employer’s yacht

18 May 2020

By Vir B. Lumicao

The employer's yacht was moored off Kwun Tong pier

A Filipino domestic worker hanged himself on board his employer’s yacht on Friday night over love problems, police say.

A police spokeswoman said the 36-year-old man was found by a friend hanging by the neck on the yacht that was moored near Kwun Tong Ferry Pier.

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She said police received a call at 10:57pm on May 15 about the discovery of the body. A local news report said the caller was the 50-year-old friend of the victim.

A rescue team and a fireboat went to the scene and retrieved the body. The victim was taken to United Christian Hospital in Kwun Tong where he was certified dead on arrival.

Police said no suicide note was found and there were no suspicious circumstances. But the spokeswoman said information gathered by investigators indicated the victim had a love affair problem.

A staff at the Consulate said the worker’s employer had called up the assistance to nationals section and was scheduled to go there this week to discuss repatriation.

Individuals with suicidal tendencies or depression are advised to call the 24-hour multi-lingual hotline of The Samaritans at 2896 0000.

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