Killing of fruit tycoon Peng Chi-hui 'probably planned' after affair revelations
Clifford Lo and Simpson Cheung
The woman who allegedly tried to behead her tycoon lover before leaping off a luxury Kowloon West apartment block on Sunday had probably planned the murder-suicide, her business partner has revealed.
Identification of the bodies of Wong Suk-kan, 47, and her long-time lover, "King of Fruits" Peng Chi-hui, 49, would be conducted today, the police said yesterday.
Wong, a businesswoman, is believed to have sedated Peng, a Nanhai district member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference in Foshan, with sleeping pills prescribed to her just two weeks ago, before killing him in their HK$150 million flat over his affair with another woman.
"My staff told me that after Wong learned Peng had a mistress about two months ago, she could not sleep or eat," said Teddy Hung Hon-yee, a shareholder of Tak Shing Electric Current Therapy Centre. Wong was franchised to run a branch of the company in Sheung Wan.
"She lost weight, dropping to about 40kg from 50kg in just two months. The news of the affair hit her badly."
Hung, 62, a triad member-turned-Christian, revealed that Wong turned up at her office on Friday to settle the rent and pay her staff's salaries for next month.
This led him to deduce that she could have been planning what she was going to do.
Wong allegedly slashed Peng more than 100 times with knives before jumping off the 77th floor of the Harbourside apartment building into the estate's swimming pool on Sunday afternoon.
One knife wound almost beheaded Peng, the police said.
Wong's family members said she had been emotionally unstable for the past two to three weeks, a police source revealed.
They said she had visited a doctor a fortnight ago and was prescribed with tranquillisers and the sleeping pills the police believe Peng was sedated with.
The police were looking into whether the tragedy was a result of Wong not having taken the medication as prescribed, the source said.
Wong married a German man, a senior executive of an IT company, in 2001, but their relationship soured in 2003 when the man found out about Wong's affair with Peng, another police source revealed.
In 2004, although Wong remained married to the German man, she had a son with Peng, whose wife and two other children live in Canada.
In 2006, Wong gave birth to the German's daughter, but he divorced her in 2010 after he discovered that the affair between his wife and Peng was still going on, the source said.
The two children were at a birthday party with their domestic helper at the time of the murder-suicide, he added.
Peng was the director of leading mainland fruit importer Ho Fai Holdings, and a philanthropist and racehorse owner. He was appointed sole fruit supplier for the 2008 Games in Beijing.
Peng and Wong's leased flat in the Harbourside belongs to a company of which Angela Leong On-kei, casino mogul Stanley Ho Hung-sun's fourth wife, is the director, records show.
Leong's company, Master Land, bought the flat for HK$36 million in 2004, but an industry source estimated that it is now worth HK$150 million.
A spokesman for the MTR Corporation, which manages the Harbourside estate, said its pool remained closed yesterday.