A woman charged in the murder of a beauty-parlour owner testified yesterday that she rode in a taxi with two alleged hitmen without realising Angie Ip Sau-fun's body was in the boot. Yuen Miu-fun, 51, denied involvement in the killing, saying she didn't even realise Ip was dead until two months after her disappearance on June 19 last year. Ip's decomposed body was found several days later in a large suitcase at the bottom of a Stanley drainage ditch. Yuen testified that she left for a job in Guangzhou after the victim went missing and returned to Hong Kong a couple of months later. 'I heard she had disappeared and then from the news broadcast that she was dead,' Yuen testified. 'Then I knew it was the method of Dr Pao.' Prosecutor Frederic Whitehouse alleged that herbalist Pao Kong-keung hired Yuen, her co-accused, Huang Xiangrong, and a third man, Yue Wenjie, to kill his former girlfriend. Yuen and Huang have both pleaded not guilty to murder. Huang pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of unlawful disposal of a body at the start of the trial this month. Yuen pleaded not guilty to that charge. Pao and Yue - who was allegedly hired with Huang to strangle Ip - had both disappeared, jurors heard. Yesterday, Yuen said Pao asked her to bring the two men to Ip's Aberdeen beauty parlour on June 19. Huang testified this week that the herbalist wanted him and Yue to help move personal items after the break-up of his relationship with the victim. Yuen said she heard Pao and Ip arguing before the two alleged killers - waiting outside the victim's building - arrived at the shop. Pao then ordered Yuen - who denied she was Pao's lover - to wait in a rear staircase, she testified. Huang and Yue entered that staircase twice to have a conversation, but Yuen said she couldn't hear them. Huang had testified that the herbalist threatened to frame him and Yue if they didn't help move Ip's body, which suggested Pao was the killer. Pao then ordered Yuen to go sightseeing with the two men, she testified, adding that she never realised the dead woman was inside a large suitcase in the taxi's boot. Huang told Yuen to walk ahead of the two men when they got out of the taxi near Stanley, she testified. 'After a while, I realised that [Yue] was not carrying the suitcase any longer,' the woman said. 'I asked [Huang] where the suitcase had gone and he said, 'Just don't bother yourself with that - show us the scenery'.' The trial before Mrs Justice Verina Bokhary continues in the Court of First Instance today.