Appeal Court judges have rejected a killer's bid for freedom, despite their belief that police may have used violence to extract a confession. Mr Justice Henry Litton said that in spite of 'disturbing allegations of ill-treatment' there was no basis to conclude that the trial judge was wrong to place the admissions before the jury. Mr Justice Litton, Mr Justice Charles Ching and Mr Justice Simon Mayo rejected Ringo Lam Wai-hang's appeal against his murder conviction. The salesman was jailed for life last July after a jury found him guilty of dismembering his lover. Defence barrister John Mullick said Lam should be freed because police might have struck his genitals to extract a confession. The trial judge should have declared the confession inadmissible and thrown it out of court, he said. Lam, 26, said Yuen Long police officers assaulted him several times after he was arrested on September 22, 1995. He was originally arrested and cautioned as a suspect in a theft case, and said he would never have confessed if he had not been subjected to violence. Lam was at the centre of a love triangle that ended in September 1995 when he bludgeoned one of his two girlfriends to death, cut off her legs and stuffed her body into a suitcase.