Son found guilty of murder in money row after retrial

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 28 February, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 28 February, 2013, 4:25am

A man who stabbed his mother over a money dispute has been jailed for life for a second time after a retrial in the Court of First Instance yesterday.

After six hours of deliberation, the seven jurors yesterday returned a unanimous verdict to find Lo Chun-siu, 26, guilty of murder. Lo killed his 46-year-mother, Kwok Yuk-kuen, at her Tuen Mun home in June 2009.

Lo was first tried for the crime in October 2010, with the jury finding him guilty in a 6-1 decision. The Court of Appeal allowed a retrial in July last year.

On the first day of the retrial earlier this month, prosecutor Andrew Bruce SC said in his opening statement that Lo had taken his mother's mobile phone from the flat and sold it within an hour of the killing.

Lo told police that on the afternoon of June 24, 2009, he went to visit his mother because he wanted to give his parents Buddhist pendants as belated gifts for Mother's Day and Father's Day, the court heard.

He attacked his mother, who fell to the ground, when she refused to let him move back home. He told police he did not remember when he stopped stabbing her, but she was still moving when he left the flat.

His father found his wife lying in a pool of blood. She was pronounced dead that evening at Tuen Mun Hospital after profuse bleeding from multiple wounds to her neck, according to an autopsy report.

The next morning, when Lo joined his father at a mortuary to help identify the body, a police officer noticed cuts on Lo's hand and arrested him.

Upon arrest, he said: "I didn't kill my mum. I am her son; how would I kill her?" He later confessed to "hurting the deceased with a knife".