Woman in death leap lands on maid, killing her
Amy Nip and Clifford Lo
A woman leapt to her death from the roof of a block of flats yesterday - and landed on a passing domestic helper, killing her.
Yee Mo-yee, 55, plunged from the top of 30-storey Shun On Mansion in On Shing Terrace, Taikoo Shing, as the 49-year-old helper, whose name was given as Rabe, was walking past the building. Yee was certified dead at the scene, while Rabe died in Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital.
Surveillance cameras filmed Yee - who was not a resident - walking inside the building with a large group of people, unnoticed by security guards. She went to the rooftop, a door to which appears to have been unlocked, and left her slippers and mobile phone before plunging to the ground, Andrew Chiu Ka-yin, a Taikoo Shing district councillor, said.
The rooftop is divided into eight parts, each the property of the owners of flats on the 30th floor. The sections are fenced off, and owners are supposed to keep them locked.
'Unauthorised people entering the rooftop should trigger an alarm when they open a door, and flat owners on the 30th floor should be alerted,' Chiu said.
As it was the Ching Ming festival yesterday, many unknown people - mostly relatives of residents - entered and left the building without the guards paying attention, he said.
Rabe worked for a family living in the adjacent Hing On Mansion. She was described as slim, with shoulder-length hair, and was carrying a shopping bag at the time of the tragedy.
The owner of flat D on the 30th floor, to which the portion of the rooftop from which Yee plunged belongs, bought the property on March 21, property agency Ricacorp said.
Chai Wan police are following up the case.
In February 2010, a woman died in Ma On Shan when an elderly neighbour landed on her after falling 27 floors in an accident.