A former director of a securities company was on Wednesday pronounced guilty and sentenced to life in prison for allegedly killing his girlfriend, although authorities never found the victim’s body.
Welcoming the verdict by a High Court jury, Kowloon East crime unit chief inspector Chung Chi-ming said it was the first case of its kind in Hong Kong in which a defendant was convicted in the absence of a body, forensic assistance or a confession from the defendant, Ming Pao Daily reported.
Ivan Chan Man-sum, 42, a married former director of Guotai Junan International (01788.HK), had been accused of murdering his nightclub hostess girlfriend Chun ka-yee, 33, in her flat on October 6, 2011.
Although there was nothing concrete that could link him to the murder, a jury of seven chose to side with the prosecution before returning an unanimous verdict.
The verdict was based on the fact that Chun mysteriously vanished after being seen on CCTV footage entering her building at Amoy Gardens in Kwun Tong on October 5, 2011, while Chan was seen entering the building the next day.
Chan was also caught on tape carrying a bulky nylon bag out of the building on October 7.
In sentencing, High Court judge Michael Stuart-Moore said the conviction was successful thanks to the police investigation and the security cameras at Amoy Gardens.
The judge, meanwhile, asked the prosecution and police to investigate the claim of a person that the police refused to accept her report of missing person because she was not Chun’s relative.
The prosecutor told the court it was suspected that Chan moved the bag by car to somewhere in Tseung Kwan O as he knew garbage collected there will be sent to the landfill nearby.
The jury was previously told that Chan and Chun met at a nightclub in 2007 and later developed an intimate relationship.
Chan is said to have sought a break-up with his wife after the latter became aware of the extramarital affair.
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