Overstaying Pinay in HK pleads guilty to dumping aborted baby
HONG KONG – A former Filipina domestic helper on June 29 pleaded guilty to charges of involving overstaying in Hong Kong, aborting her 8-month-old pregnancy, and dumping the dead baby in a trash bin in North Point in January.
On June 29, Maribel David, 37, appeared before district court Judge Timothy Harry Casewell on charges of breaching her condition of stay, administering a poison to procure miscarriage, and preventing the lawful burial of a body.
David pleaded guilty to all 3 charges and admitted the facts of the case. Casewell adjourned the hearing until July 13 for sentencing pending a background report on the case.
Police arrested police in a hospital on January 7 – a day after David was rushed to the Pamela Youde Nethersole Hospital in Chan Wai – over suspicion that she had an abortion by taking 12 Cytotec pills.
Prosecutor Janice Cheuk said that early morning of January 6, David left the flat she shared in State Theater building which another Filipino worker, Joy Odette Marcon. She returned 10 minutes later and went to the top of the double-deck bed in the shared bedroom.
At about 6 am, David reportedly fell to the floor and Marcon found that she had no underpants and was bleeding. She suggested calling the police for help but David refused. Four hours later, when David had become very weak, Marcon dialed 999.
David was rushed to the hospital where she told doctors she was 8 months pregnant but had an abortion by taking pills, then disposed of the baby’s body. She was arrested when she became suitable for interview on January 7.
Police found two packets of Cytotec pellets in the bag David brought to the hospital. They searched trash bins near State Theatre and City Garden in North Point, and a landfill site where the rubbish containing the body may have been dumped, but did not find anything.
David told investigators that the father of her baby was her Filipino boyfriend, Artemio Mansira. She resorted to abortion because she was confused, Cheuk said.
On the morning of January 5, she bought two packets of the abortion drug and took 12 over 3 ingestions between around 12 noon and 8 pm. She felt the need to deliver while walking near City Garden, so she took a black rubbish bag from a cart, jumped into it, and gave birth. She cut the umbilical cord with a pair of scissors.
The court heard that David came to Hong Kong on June 19, 2012, to work as a domestic helper. She decided to stay on without an immigration permit after she used up her 14-day visa extension when her contract expired on June 19, 2014. – Rappler.com
This story was republished with permission from The Sun-HK, a content partner of Rappler. The original headline is 'Pinay overstayer pleads guilty to dumping aborted baby'.