Hong Kong woman who killed aunt and uncle in daylight park shooting sentenced to life

Ada Tsim wielding a gun on a bodyguard company’s website. Photo via Facebook.
Ada Tsim wielding a gun on a bodyguard company’s website. Photo via Facebook.

A Hong Kong woman who shot her aunt and uncle in the head at a park three years ago has been sentenced to life.

Ada Tsim, 47, was found guilty Thursday of murdering two of her relatives, Jim Siu-fan and Chim Chun-ki, in Quarry Bay Park in June 2018. She also shot another uncle, Jim Chin-kui, and aunt, Jim Sui-wai, both of whom survived the attack.

Tsim was arrested at the nearby Cityplaza shopping mall, where police recovered a semi-automatic with five bullets, a box of 41 bullets, as well as two knives and a cutter in her backpack.

A former bodyguard, Tsim pleaded not guilty earlier this month to two counts of murder and two counts of shooting with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

The prosecution said Tsim was upset that her uncles and aunts placed her mother in an elderly home—even though she consented to it—and blamed them for causing her death.

After her mother’s passing, Tsim accused them of attempting to steal inheritance money.

On the day of the shooting, Tsim invited her relatives to a lunch gathering at a restaurant in Quarry Bay. Tsim was almost an hour and a half late to the lunch and did not eat, the court heard.

After the meal, Tsim suggested going to a park, where she shot them. Her 80-year-old aunt died hours after the attack and her 62-year-old uncle died the next day. Her other uncle and aunt were hospitalized for 10 and three days respectively.

Shootings are rare in Hong Kong, where a gun license from the police commissioner is needed to legally possess arms.

According to local media, Tsim used to work as a bodyguard in mainland China.

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