Date
30 March 2017
Shenzhen police announce (left) on their weibo that they have arrested three suspects in the killing of Hilary Bower. Photos: Sina Weibo, HKEJ
Shenzhen police announce (left) on their weibo that they have arrested three suspects in the killing of Hilary Bower. Photos: Sina Weibo, HKEJ

Lover, 38, held in Shenzhen death of HK teacher from Britain

A woman and two men have been arrested in the killing of Hilary Bower, 60, a language teacher at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Shenzhen police announced Friday morning.

The official police weibo said Bower was allegedly murdered March 22 by a 38-year-old woman surnamed Xu from Hubei province over a relationship dispute.

She was assisted by two men from the same province, one surnamed Sue, 28, and the other surnamed Liu, 23.

Xu had been in a relationship with Bower for 17 years, police said.

The three suspects were arrested April 8, and an investigation continues.

Bower, a British national, was confirmed dead by Shenzhen police Tuesday after another woman, claiming to be his girlfriend who lived with him and their son in Shenzhen, reported him missing to Hong Kong police March 30.

Xu showed up at a police station in Shenzhen on April 7 and confessed she was involved in Bower’s death, Singtao Daily reported Friday, citing an unnamed source.

She then led police to a flat in which they found his dismembered body. 

Xu’s two male accomplices were a nephew and a friend, the report said.

Police found that Bower, who commuted every day between Hong Kong and Shenzhen, was romantically involved with several mainland women at the same time, and his complicated love life might have led to his death, the newspaper’s source said.

Meanwhile, police have not excluded the possibility that Bower was killed for money because he recently sold a Shenzhen property for HK$9 million (US$1.16 million).

Bower’s brother has arrived in Hong Kong to wrap up his affairs, Apple Daily reported.

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