Hong Kong police arrested a 19-year-old man after he admitted killing his girlfriend when they traveled to Taiwan last month.
The body of the victim, Poon Hiu-wing, 20, a student at the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education, was found in a plastic bag that was dumped in a grassy area near the Taipei Metro Zhuwei station by Taiwan police, Apple Daily reports.
Police investigation revealed that the man, surnamed Chan, an associate degree student from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and Poon went to Taiwan on Feb. 7 for a 10-day trip.
The two spent a few days in Kaohsiung city in southern Taiwan before going to Taipei to celebrate Valentine’s Day on Feb. 14.
Poon had told her family she would return home on Feb. 17, the second day of the Lunar New Year.
When she did not come back days after that, the family called Poon’s phone number but nobody picked up the calls.
On March 5, Poon’s mother approached Hong Kong police for assistance.
Later, Poon’s father learned that Chan returned to Hong Kong alone on Feb. 17. He then went to ask him where she was, and was told by Chan that they had separated after a quarrel and he had never seen her since.
Officers of the missing persons unit of the Kowloon East Region police district questioned Chan and found him in possession of Poon’s ATM card. Chan admitted that he used it to withdraw NT$20,000 (US$683) on Feb.17 and HK$8,500 (US$1,084) on Feb. 20.
On Sunday, Poon’s father flew to Taipei to seek assistance from local police, who later confirmed Chan left the hotel alone on the morning of Feb. 17, carrying a pink suitcase, and returned to the hotel in the evening without it.
After receiving a request from their Taiwanese counterparts to follow up the case, Hong Kong police located Chan on Tuesday and questioned him at the Tseung Kwan O Police Station.
It is understood that Chan admitted under interrogation that he killed his girlfriend and put her body in a luggage. It is not clear what motivated him to kill Poon.
Chan went to an area near the Taipei Metro Zhuwei station in Tamsui district, where he dumped the body of the victim wrapped in plastic, police said. He left the suitcase in Zhongshan district.
Police said Chan was arrested for theft in connection with Poon’s ATM card, and not for the killing, which happened in Taiwan. Hong Kong and Taiwan have no extradition agreement.
On Wednesday morning Taiwanese forensics staff collected evidence at the scene. Officers were to conduct an autopsy of the body in the afternoon to confirm the cause of death.
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