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The Justice for Vicky concern group has written another letter to the Tung Chung police, copied to the Coroner’s Office. The letter, delivered by fax yesterday, 23 June, asked for or requested the consideration of information pertinent to the early stages of the police investigation into Vicky’s disappearance and death.

An important point to note is that Vicky’s sister Irene was one of the signatories to the letter. The letter asked:

  • Whether a water sample was taken to determine if Vicky died where she was found
  • As the autopsy report gives no indication, whether the police can estimate the length of time Vicky’s body was in the water before discovery
  • As Irene noticed lacerations on Vicky’s left foot that weren’t mentioned in the autopsy report, whether the police or Coroner have any photographic evidence to confirm or refute this
  • Whether members of Vicky’s family can obtain copies of any photographs of Vicky’s body taken where it was found
  • Whether Vicky’s body was found face up or down (this could indicate an error in the finding of death by drowning)
  • Whether it is possible or likely that a van could have been parked overnight in the parking lot adjacent to the ferry pier in Tung Chung
  • Whether the police were aware that the posters calling for information about Vicky’s death around the ferry pier have all been torn down
  • Why the police took into consideration the statement of an un-named decoration worker in the flat beside Vicky’s employers’ that there had been no audible disturbances in the 2 days leading up to Vicky’s disappearance but seemingly ignored a neighbour’s statement that he heard “hysterical screaming” coming from the vicinity 3 days before the woman disappeared

This last point is very significant because it highlights our concern that the police have not sufficiently considered Vicky’s environment before she disappeared.

Any reply from the police or the Coroner’s Office will be reported here.

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The results of the toxicology tests on blood and liver samples taken from Vicky’s body have been released. No toxic substances were found.

The report mentions the presence of a ‘sub-therapeutic level’ of paracetamol in Vicky’s liver, but that is a very common condition. Paracetamol is the main ingredient of Panadol, which many people take for the relief of mild aches and pain.

With the release of these results, the autopsy report is now finalised.

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Vicky’s sister Irene today, 5 June, faxed the Coroner’s Office requesting the release of the toxicology test results if they are currently available. The latest possible date on which the results can be released is 15 June, but given the difficulty and delays Irene faced in securing the partial autopsy report, it seemed wise to offically request them now.

The results will indicate whether or not Vicky was affected by poison, drugs or other toxic substances when she died. We will report on the chemist’s findings as soon as they are available.

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Vicky’s aunt Edith reports that the autopsy conducted by the National Bureau of Investigation in the Philippines has delivered a similar finding to that conducted in Hong Kong: death by drowning. However, two minor points should be mentioned.

The Philippine authorities found a small, superficial mark on Vicky’s neck that was not reported in Hong Kong. They also estimated that the body had been in the water for 5 days, and not the 4 reported in Hong Kong.

Neither of these two findings are likely to be significant. The superficial mark is not a wound – although we will report confirmation of that as soon as we have it. The length of time in the water is problematic because it seems to place Vicky’s death a day before she was seen fleeing her employers’ house. Again, we will confirm the estimated time as soon as we can.

Perhaps even more important than these two discrepancies, the second autopsy has shown that the process doesn’t take very long. Autopsy results can be given quickly, and the Hong Kong Coroner’s Office clearly stalled in releasing the partial report here.

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Few people will be surprised with the main finding of the partial autopsy report released to Vicky’s sister Irene yesterday, 19 May. As foreshadowed in the preliminary police report, the cause of death is listed simply as drowning.

Toxicology test results will be appended to the report when they become available. Unless those results offer any new evidence, it seems unlikely that the Coroner will order an inquest.

Irene has just returned to the Philippines with a copy of the report, which she will show to her family tomorrow, 21 May.

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The Coroner’s Office has finally released a copy of the autopsy report to Vicky’s sister Irene. The copy does not include the toxicology test results, which still have to be appended to the original report.

A solicitor with experience in the area will read the report tomorrow to advise Irene and her family on whether any areas have been insufficiently investigated, and what the wording actually means.

In other news, Irene reports that the police District Commander assured her today that his officers are 100 percent committed to investigating her sister’s disappearance and death.

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Vicky’s sister Irene has decided to stay in Hong Kong longer than expected because she has encountered two significant difficulties.

The first problem is that Irene has yet to obtain a copy of the autopsy report on her sister’s body. The Coroner’s Office is engaging in callous delaying tactics and treating her with contempt. We will post more on this early next week because further action is planned to address the situation.

An even more worrying situation is that Vicky’s former employers have appointed a solicitor to deal with any long-service payment to be made to the surviving family members.

Given that this should be a straightforward matter and the employers are clearly stalling, Irene is worried that no payment will be made if she leaves Hong Kong next week.

The payment, a relatively small amount from the employers’ perspective, would cover the cost of Vicky’s funeral in the Philippines for a desperately poor family.

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