A young mother accused of murdering her lover told a court yesterday of how she tried to dismember the body because it was too big to fit in a box. Yik Po-man, now 20, said she first used a chopper on Cheung Wai-man, 22, hours after he died during a fight at their home in Tai Hing Estate, Tuen Mun, on February 10 last year. Yik, who denies murder, told the Court of First Instance she wanted to dismember the body - kept in a metal box - because it was too big and she could not close the box. When the chopper did not work, she used a cooking knife to try to cut off Cheung's arm and leg but failed. She said she also tried to remove his internal organs 'so it wouldn't be so smelly', but failed. She later fell asleep beside her three-year-old daughter who she had put to sleep earlier. Yik resumed her efforts on February 12 after borrowing two saws from a friend but again failed to sever his limbs. On February 13, she succeeded in cutting off Cheung's left arm and leg with another chopper and knife, the court heard. She dumped the limbs in a rubbish bin and poured 10 packets of salt into the box to mask the smell before locking it. Cheung's body minus the left arm and leg was found on February 14 and Yik was arrested eight days later in a Shanghai Street flat in Mongkok. The trial before Madam Justice Clare-Marie Beeson continues.