A 52-year-old man was jailed for life by the High Court for murdering his ex-wife’s aunt, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
His conviction came after a seven-member jury reached its decision in a 5-2 vote after hours of deliberation.
As the victim’s body has never been discovered, the defendant, a butcher surnamed Ngan, was also found guilty of preventing the lawful burial of a body and sentenced to seven years for the offense.
The two sentences are to run concurrently.
The court heard earlier that the victim, a security guard surnamed Chan, was reported missing to the police on May 3, 2016 by her son after she failed to return home.
An investigation revealed the woman, then 62, was last seen entering a building in Sham Shui Po. The police did a door-to-door sweep of the building on May 14, and arrested Ngan as he was trying to flee from a subdivided flat through a window.
They found stains of human blood in the flat which was subsequently confirmed to have come from the victim, who was a distant relative of Ngan’s ex-wife.
It is believed that Ngan dismembered the victim’s corpse and disposed of the remains using plastic bags and a suitcase.
High Court Judge Patrick Li Hon-leung described the killing as a chilling, ruthless and calculated crime, noting that Ngan failed to show any remorse and also tried to lie to the court.
Ngan had pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.
The judge commended the police for their relentless efforts to resolve the case, noting that Ngan could have escaped justice were it not for the police’s insistence on investigating the case.
The judge said justice may be slow but it will be served eventually.
The victim’s son said he was comforted by the ruling, although his great regret is that his mother’s body still could not be found.
He said he hopes his mother’s spirit can find comfort in heaven.
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