An unemployed man, who is accused of murdering, dismembering and salting his elderly parents, killed them for their money, a Hong Kong court has heard.
Henry Chau, 31, faces two counts of murder along with his friend Tse Chun-kei, 37, for the alleged slaughter of Chau’s parents, Chau Wing-ki, 65, and Siu Yuet-yee, 63, at Chau’s Tai Kok Tsui flat on March 1 2013.
According to the SCMP, when officers raided the flat on March 15 2013, they found the couple’s heads in the fridge along with lunch boxes filled with microwaved human flesh.
Bags containing body parts preserved in salt were found in another room, the Court of First Instance heard yesterday.
According to Prosecutor Michael Arthur, Chau and Tse planned the murder as early as Oct. 2012, plotting to dismember, boil and dispose of the couple’s bodies.
Arthur claimed enquiries Chau made about his parents’ bank accounts and share dealings after their deaths demonstrate a clear motive for the killings.
The court heard that Chau’s parents came to his apartment on March 1 2013 under the pretext of helping him tidy his new flat. CCTV shows the couple entering the building around 11:40am, the last time they were seen alive.
Both men have pleaded not guilty to murder, while Chau has pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility, a plea not accepted by the prosecution.
Tse claims he did not help kill the couple but did assist his friend in attempting to dispose of the bodies.
The trial continues.
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