Married company director who murdered his Hong Kong mistress appeals his conviction

PUBLISHED : Friday, 11 September, 2015, 7:01am
UPDATED : Friday, 11 September, 2015, 11:38am

A securities company director who was convicted of murdering his mistress whose body was never found has filed an application to appeal against his conviction.

Ivan Chan Man-sum, 42, was found guilty by an all-male jury last month of killing nightclub hostess Chun Ka-yee, 33, at her flat at Amoy Gardens, Kowloon Bay, in October 2011. He was given a life sentence by Deputy Judge Michael Stuart-Moore, who said the case had “no motive, no body and no weapon”.

The prosecution relied on circumstantial evidence including the building’s CCTV footage and found Chan moved a bulky nylon bag out of the building after Chun went missing.

The court was told Chun was last seen entering the building on October 5, 2011 and was never seen leaving.

Some of her friends tried unsuccessfully to contact Chun later that month. They called Chan – Chun’s boyfriend – but Chan claimed he last saw her on October 2. He also told her friends that he had broken up with her and thought she was going out to have fun.

The police found from CCTV footage that Chan entered the building on the evening of October 6, 2011.

He came back to the building the next morning and left with a bulky nylon bag.

A few days later, Chan ordered a decoration worker to clear the flat, which was left empty until the police arrived to investigate in March 2012.

Chan admitted he started an affair with Chun in 2008 and bought the Amoy Gardens flat for her in 2009.

However, his wife discovered his relationship with Chun in May 2011.

The court heard that Chan and Chun had a normal telephone conversation on the afternoon of October 6 and they agreed to meet at her flat that night.

Chan said in his defence that he went to the flat to clear out his belongings.

He said he visited the following day with a nylon bag to take away his clothes, some bottles of red wine and some documents.