A restaurant worker who strangled to death and then stripped the sister of his former boss after she refused to help him get his job back was jailed for life yesterday. Ho Hoi-shing, 33, had pleaded not guilty in the Court of First Instance to murdering Chung Koi-wun, 53, in the Hang Fook Lau restaurant in Hunghom on the morning of April 24, 2000. A jury took less than six hours to find him guilty by a majority of six to one. The court heard that Ho, then a senior restaurant captain at the restaurant, had been sacked earlier that month because of a complaint made by Chung to her younger brother, the establishment's main shareholder. Ho testified he had returned to the restaurant around closing time in order to confront Chung and convince her to persuade her brother to reinstate him. Ho waited for Chung in the restaurant's office, where she was known to sleep. 'You knew she would come to that room,' Mr Justice Michael Lunn told Ho. 'You testified that [once she arrived], there ensued an argument. 'You knocked her to the ground, jumped on her, sat on her and strangled her manually until she was dead.' Not content with having killed Chung, Mr Justice Lunn said, Ho then dragged her body to a back storeroom. There he removed most of her clothes before burying her under a pile of tablecloths, 'stripping her of dignity, even in death'. Ho then rifled her clothes and took the keys to an adjoining strongroom, where he ripped the clasps off four cash boxes and took $19,000. He then fled to the mainland, where he stayed until surrendering to Public Security Bureau officers on July 28 last year. He was handed over to Hong Kong authorities on August 10 and arrested. Ho, who had also been convicted in 1997 of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, did not show any emotion as Mr Justice Lunn delivered the sentence.