Friend of dismembered couple's son had nothing to do with the killings, court hears

Alleged accomplice of dismembered couple's son only helped handle the remains, court told

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 12 August, 2014, 1:01pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 13 August, 2014, 3:47am

A jobless man who allegedly helped murder and cut up a friend's elderly parents told police he had nothing to do with the killings and was shown the body parts only after the fact, a court heard yesterday.

When Tse Chun-kei, 36, was arrested outside his flat in Tai Kok Tsui, he said, "I did not kill anyone. It had nothing to do with me," according to senior police officer Yeung Chi-hang.

Yeung also cited Tse as saying in a reference to his friend Henry Chau: "Ah Leung only showed me a plastic box. I saw some hands and something like human parts. I only handled these for him."

Tse denies participating in the deaths of Henry Chau's parents - Chau Wing-ki, 65, and Siu Yuet-yee, 62 - at Tse's flat in Tai Kok Tsui on March 1 last year.

The bodies were cut up, with the heads stored in two refrigerators and other remains kept in lunch boxes, plastic bags and plastic boxes, the Court of First Instance heard last week.

Yesterday, the court watched a police video interview of Tse. He repeats himself and pauses as he says Henry Chau, while at Tse's home one day, asked him to look inside a box. "I smelled a very strong smell and saw … saw … one … one hand, and other things, all in pieces," he said.

After that, Tse said, he followed Chau's every instruction - when Chau ordered him to take out a body part to pack, he packed; when Chau told him to put sand in bags, he did that too.

He said he first met Chau when they worked in a Chinese arts auction firm in 2007. Chau was his superior at the time.

Also yesterday, the court viewed a police interview with Chau in which he says he spent up to HK$40,000 on the plot to kill his parents, and gave Tse about HK$25,000.

Chau said the two of them drew up shopping lists of items needed for the killings and used multiple SIM cards to keep in contact. He said they considered using syringes to limit the blood that would be spilled. "We did not want to make the place dirty," Chau said, but they later abandoned the idea.

Both men deny murder.