HKU professor charged with wife’s murder on suicide watch

Cheung Kie-chung sitting in the back of a police vehicle after he was arrested on suspicion of murdering his wife. Screengrab via Apple Daily video.
Cheung Kie-chung sitting in the back of a police vehicle after he was arrested on suspicion of murdering his wife. Screengrab via Apple Daily video.

A university of Hong Kong professor on trial for murdering his wife and putting her body in a suitcase will be placed on suicide watch, the court heard yesterday.

Cheung Kie-chung, 53, who made his first court appearance at Eastern Magistrates’ Court yesterday afternoon, did not enter a plea or apply for bail.

Cheung — who appeared in court wearing slippers — nodded to say he understood the charges against him, Apple Daily reports.

The prosecution applied for a special watch by the Correctional Services Department as “the defendant claimed to feel suicidal.

Magistrate Li Chi-ho granted the prosecution’s request, and remanded Cheung in custody until the next hearing on November 22.

Cheung — an associate professor at the HKU’s department of engineering — is on trial for allegedly murdering his wife Tina Chan Wai-man and then putting her body in a suitcase in a wooden box in his office.

He was arrested on Tuesday during a surprise raid on his office at the university’s Pok Fu Lam campus, after police found CCTV footage of Cheung transporting the wooden box from his residence at Wei Lun Hall, just days after he filed a missing persons report for his wife.

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