Hooded and chained, elderly couple's alleged killers appear in court

PUBLISHED : Monday, 18 March, 2013, 2:36pm
UPDATED : Monday, 18 March, 2013, 7:47pm

Two unemployed men charged with murdering one of the men’s elderly parents appeared in Kowloon City Court on Monday morning.

Henry Chau, 29, and Tse Chun-kei, 35, are charged jointly with two counts of murder for allegedly killing Chau’s father, Chau Wing-ki, 64, and Chau’s mother, Siu Yuet-yee, 63.

They are accused of murdering the couple in a room on the third floor of a building at 38 Fuk Chak Street in Tai Kok Tsui on March 1 this year.

The address where the killing allegedly occurred was listed in a court document as the location where Tse resided.

The document also showed that Chau resided in Ivy Tower on Second Street in Western District.

A court interpreter read out the charges and asked the accused men if they had understood them. They replied that they had. They entered no plea to the charges.

The pair had been guided into the dock by police officers when their case was called and stood there for the duration of the hearing, which lasted about three minutes. They were silent throughout except when replying that they had understood the charges.

Chau and Tse’s appearance in court on Monday was their first since being charged with the murders.

Court prosecutor May Leung asked for an adjournment to allow time to conduct forensics tests, prepare autopsy reports, and to look into the financial backgrounds of the two defendants.

Kenneth Chan, a lawyer for the defendants, said they had no application for bail. Both were remanded pending their next hearing.

Acting Principal Magistrate Clement Lee Hing-nin adjourned the case to May 13 in the same court.