Hong Kong finance boss admits to disposing his mistress’ body in a rubbish trolley outside village
Finance boss tells murder trial he wheeled body from flat and drove around
A Hong Kong finance company director accused of murder claimed a fear of losing his family kept him from admitting to killing his mistress during a six-year period in which he had been “very cowardly” and “very selfish”.
Ivan Chan Man-sum, 44, revealed for the first time on Tuesday in the High Court that he had disposed of Chun Ka-yee’s body, which has never been found, saying he wanted to take his responsibility by sharing the whole story.
The court heard Chan drove around looking for a disposal site after he killed Chun, 33, whom he affectionately called “KK”, and wheeled her out of Amoy Gardens in Kowloon Bay in a nylon bag on October 7, 2011.
“I was very scared,” he told the jury on his second day of testimony. “I just drove about because I didn’t know where I could place the corpse.”
He refuelled his car at a service station in Tseung Kwan O and drove to a housing estate, thinking he could dispose of the body at its rubbish collection point. But he changed his mind upon seeing there were many people working on site, and drove on.
Later he found large rubbish trolleys parked outside a village located between Tseung Kwan O and Sai Kung and decided that was to be the spot.
“I carried the nylon bag and then I dropped it into a large trolley,” he continued. “I covered the nylon bag with rubbish I’d found inside the large rubbish trolley and immediately put a lid on top.”
Chan recalled taking a quiet break at Clear Water Bay beach after returning to work that day because he felt deeply sad.
“I had no peace in my heart,” he said. “I had no way to calm myself down.”
His counsel Steve Chui asked: “Did you have, at all material times, any intention to kill KK?”
“No,” Chan replied, shaking his head.
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While admitting to killing Chun, the married father has pleaded not guilty to a count of murder.
Over the two days that followed, Chan recalled, he paid attention to the news to see whether there were any reports on the discovery of a corpse.
Coincidentally, his wife thereafter sent the car for a monthly waxing and sterilising.
Chan then asked a decorator to clear out Chun’s flat to create an impression that she had already left and moved away.
He also used her phone number to send messages to people who were looking for her and told friends she had been out for fun.
“Thanks, I’m fine,” he said in one of them. “Want some peace. Keep in touch by phone.”
Then Chan told Chun’s psychologist in a message: “I will stay in the mainland for a period of time, contact you the day upon return.”
But he did not maintain the facade, saying the interactions had made him anxious. He disposed of the SIM cards to stop any further contact.
Senior assistant director of public prosecutions Anna Lai Yuen-kee SC noted that Chan had only confessed to the killing this month.
“Can you tell us the reason why you suddenly admitted to killing [Chun] after six years?” she asked.
Chan replied that he had been “very cowardly” and “very selfish”. He added he had lacked the courage to face the consequences and was worried about his then wife, who was suffering because of his unfaithfulness.
“Now I lost my family. I lost my wife.”
Facing the prosecutor, he took a deep breath, paused and swallowed. “I want to tell you the whole incident from the beginning to the end, hoping that in doing so ... I take up my responsibility. That’s why I had to plead guilty [to manslaughter].”
The trial continues with Chan’s testimony before Madam Justice Anthea Pang Po-kam.