A 19-year-old mother contemplated different ways to dismember the corpse of her live-in lover but gave up after hacking off his left arm and leg, a jury heard yesterday. Yik Po-man, now 20, tried to chop up Cheung Wai-man, 22, two days after she stabbed him to death at home, the Court of First Instance was told. She denies murdering Cheung on or about February 10 last year. Police found Cheung's body, minus the arm and leg, in a box of salt at the couple's Tai Hing Estate flat, in Tuen Mun, on February 14. Yik, who was arrested in a Shanghai Street, Kowloon, flat on February 22, said in a second video-taped police interview played in court yesterday that she started chopping up the body 'on and off' on February 12. When Sergeant Li Kwan-yiu, who conducted the interview, asked why she wanted to cut up the body, she replied: 'Reason? No [special] reason. I intended to cut him up and throw him away.' In the interview, Yik said she later went to buy packets of salt to cover the 'stinky' smell in the flat. She said she tried her best to dismember Cheung but found 'it was not possible' to go further than she had. In a third police interview, Yik said she contemplated using a saw to dismember the body but gave up the idea after cutting off Cheung's arm and leg with a chopper. In her first police interview, Yik admitted killing Cheung but said it had been an accident. Sergeant Li testified yesterday that he did not believe Yik had acted alone. The trial, before Madam Justice Clare-Marie Beeson, continues.