Woman, 27, took own life after struggling to pay for food and £900 rent

Woman, 27, took own life after struggling to pay for food and £900 rent

An “intelligent, dedicated” woman committed suicide after she was unable to pay her rent or buy food.

Yee-King Ho, affectionately known as ‘Fion,’ relocated to London from Hong Kong in April 2022.

An inquest heard how the 27-year-old moved into a flat in Richmond in what her family hoped would be an exciting new chapter in her life.

Woman, 27, took own life after struggling to pay for food and £900 rent

Tommy Ho Yiu Hang, however, became concerned when his sister revealed she was suffering from insomnia, losing hair, and struggling to afford her £900 “unsanitary” flat share.

Tommy, who was living in Hong Kong at the time of her death, discovered that Fion had kept a notebook entry detailing which days she would eat lunch or dinner in a desperate attempt to save money.

When Fion failed to show up for her job at a charity that promotes female education or answer her phone, Tommy asked one of her three housemates to check on her.

Fion had tragically taken her own life, and she was pronounced dead on November 3, 2022.

Coroner Dr Anton van Dellen confirmed her death as a suicide yesterday.

Tommy would later learn the full extent of his sister’s struggles, including the fact that she had scheduled counselling sessions for depressive symptoms four days after she committed suicide.

In a statement read by the coroner, MyLondon reported Tommy said: “She mentioned to me on September 7, 2022 that since July, she was worried about her income and was not able to sustain her life in the UK and felt depressed.

Woman, 27, took own life after struggling to pay for food and £900 rent
The 27-year-old had only been in the UK a matter of months before she tragically took her own life

“The hygiene condition of the bathroom made her feel uncomfortable … this made her pressure build up and fall to a loss of strength to work from home and live at home. And she seldom left her room.

“She was scared she will be laid off from work due to stress and face a loss of income due to her poor working performance. Due to insufficient income, I think she has begun to limit her meals per day.”

He added: “To my sister. I feel so sorry for the pressure and pain you suffered. I only knew them all after your death. I always wish I can stop this tragedy, but it is impossible. I can only accept the fact and follow your will on taking care of our parents. I wish you are now in heaven in a much better place without any pain, pressure and comparison. Only with freedom, joyful life. Rest in peace, my beloved sister.”

The coroner described Fion as an “intelligent, dedicated” young woman.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in Hong Kong in 2017 and her master’s degree in Geneva in 2019.

She then relocated to the United Kingdom a few years later, in April 2022, with plans to stay.

“I am only very sorry that the time she spent in England was clearly not a happy time for her,” coroner Dr Anton van Dellen said at the inquest. England benefits greatly from having such strong ties to Hong Kong and from having people from Hong Kong come to live and work in England.

“Fion is an excellent example of the high calibre of person who is so welcome in England. She was clearly a very bright and dedicated humanitarian worker. The world is a much poorer place because she is not involved in organizations that assist people in need. I hope her family remembers Fion as someone who wanted to make the world a better place.