19 November 2018
Hilary Bower was killed in a flat in the Nanshan district of Shenzhen on March 22. Photos: HKEJ, Baidu
Hilary Bower was killed in a flat in the Nanshan district of Shenzhen on March 22. Photos: HKEJ, Baidu

Slain British teacher wanted to leave lover for another woman

The suspected mastermind in the gruesome murder of Hilary Bower, a 60-year-old language teacher from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, said she killed him because he wanted to break up with her and live with another woman who had given birth to his child, Apple Daily reported, citing a person familiar with the matter.

According to the source, Bower, a British national and Hong Kong permanent resident, went to see the 38-year-old female suspect, surnamed Xu, at her flat in Nanshan district in Shenzhen on the night of March 22.

The two got into a quarrel after he told her he was leaving her for a woman surnamed Shih, the mother of his child.

Xu, who had been living with Bower since she was 21 and had owned properties jointly with him, decided to kill him as she knew that he had made up his mind and would not come back, the source said.

She cajoled him into drinking a bowl of soup she had secretly laced with sleeping pills, and when he had fallen asleep, she killed him.

Then she sought the help of two men, a friend of hers surnamed Sue, 28, and her nephew surnamed Liu, 23, to dismember Bower.

The men placed the body parts in several bags and transported them by car to their hometown in Xianning in Hubei province, some 1,000 kilometers from Shenzhen.

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

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

Xu and her two accomplices were arrested on April 8.

Police have recovered the body parts and ordered a forensic autopsy.

The three suspects have admitted committing the crime, and the British Consulate General in Guangzhou has been informed of the findings, Headline Daily reported.

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