A sacked restaurant captain strangled the sister of his former boss after she refused to help him regain his job, a court heard yesterday. Ho Hoi-shing, 33, has pleaded not guilty to murdering 53-year-old Chung Koi-wun in the Hang Fook Lau restaurant in Hunghom on April 24, 2000. The court heard that Ho had been sacked earlier that month because of a complaint by Chung to her brother, the principal shareholder. Ho had returned to try to persuade Chung to talk her brother into reinstating him. Chung had refused to help him. The prosecution alleges that on being turned down, Ho lost his temper and strangled Chung, dumping her body under tablecloths in a storeroom. He then fled to the mainland and was only returned on August 10 last year after surrendering to Public Security Bureau officers at Nanhai , Guangdong. The court heard that Chung, who normally slept in the restaurant's office, was not missed until about 6.45am when a cashier knocked on the office door, expecting her to open it. When she received no reply, the cashier contacted a manager, who arrived and opened the door. The office was next to the restaurant's strongroom and, figuring Chung might have been asleep in there, the manager called the managing director to open it. But all that was found were four cash boxes on the floor. The locks had been forced and money was missing. Chung's body was discovered just before 8am when the restaurant's managing director and a guard, Yuen Joe-kim, searched the premises. Mr Yuen told the court he arrived at the restaurant about 10pm on the night of April 23 and had last seen Chung, who was known to staff as Wun Che, at about 12.50am. He said he had locked up and gone to sleep at about 2am. Aside from having to put a fish back into a tank after it jumped out at about 3am, he slept until almost 4am when the dim sum workers began to arrive. It was only when the cashier found herself locked out of the office and the opened cash boxes were located in the strongroom that he and the managing director decided to conduct a search. In one of the rear storerooms they found a pile of tablecloths that had apparently been thrown on the floor. 'I wasn't told to put away the tablecloths. [The boss] simply asked why they would be on the floor, so I went to tidy them up,' Mr Yuen said. 'Once I removed the cloths, I saw Wun Che.' The trial continues before Mr Justice Michael Lunn in the Court of First Instance today.