19 October 2018

Man jailed for life for butchering parents

A man was sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering his parents and cutting up their bodies.

Hong Kong’s High Court said Henry Chow, 31, is a “cold-blooded, dangerous individual” who blamed his parents for his personal troubles.

Magistrate Michael Stuart-Moore convicted Chow for the 2013 murders, along with an accomplice, Tse Chun-kei, who pleaded guilty to helping dispose of the bodies.

Tse received a one-year jail term but was released after sentencing, having already served two years behind bars.

Chow butchered Chau Wing-ki, 65, and his wife Siu Yuet-yee, 62 and stuffed their dismembered bodies in two refrigerators, the court heard.

The defense argued that Chow suffers from obsessive compulsive behavior and bipolar disorder but prosecutors said he was under no mental stress.

The judge ordered Chow’s psychiatric records to be filed.

Chow had earlier pleaded guilty to preventing the lawful burial of a corpse and received nine years and four months.

The sentence will run concurrently with the murder conviction.

Chow appeared calm as Judge Stuart-Moore read the sentence.

He said Chow’s parents worked hard all their lives to give Chow the best education including sending him overseas to study.

But Chow had become a person with no compassion and his parents became “unfortunate victims” of his personality disorder, he said.

Chow had planned the murders for six months.

On March 1, 2013, he invited his parents to lunch at his flat where he killed them, chopped them up and hid their bodies with Tse’s help.

Chow pretended to be suffering from mental illness after his parents’ bodies were found, the court heard.

Judge Stuart-Moore said the fact Chow did not have an obvious motive made the case more serious than it was.

He ruled out the possibility of parole “for a very long time” because of the danger Chow poses to society.

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