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Tearful finance boss tells Hong Kong murder trial he did not intend to harm or kill mistress

Ivan Chan Man-sum admitted telling a number of lies when recounting the incident on a separate occasion two years ago

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 30 November, 2017, 6:55pm
UPDATED : Friday, 01 December, 2017, 12:25pm

A Hong Kong finance company director who admitted killing his mistress six years ago tearfully told a court on Thursday he never meant to harm or kill anyone.

But Ivan Chan Man-sum, who is on trial for murder, admitted to telling a number of lies when he recounted the same incident on a separate occasion two years ago, during which he swore to the Almighty God to give true evidence and denied ever killing Chun Ka-yee, 33.

I only want to shoulder responsibility for the sake of my former wife and family members
Ivan Chan Man-sum

When the prosecutor suggested he was “a person who would have no hesitation to lie” to achieve his aims, Chan said no.

“On the last occasion I was very scared to shoulder responsibility for fear that I might lose everything and I was a coward,” he told the jury on the fourth day of his testimony.

“Now the burden’s off – I have lost everything. I only want to shoulder responsibility for the sake of my former wife and family members.

“I don’t want to harbour this incident for the rest of my life.”

Chan, 44, is accused of murdering his mistress Chun, whom he affectionately called “KK”, at her flat in Amoy Gardens, Kowloon Bay, on October 6, 2011. The High Court heard that he disposed of her body the next morning in a nylon bag dumped into a rubbish trolley parked outside a village between Tseung Kwan O and Sai Kung.

Her body was never found.

On Thursday, senior assistant director of public prosecutions Anna Lai Yuen-kee SC suggested that Chan applied excessive force in a fight with Chun that night, with the intent to kill or cause her serious injuries.

The defendant disagreed. “I never meant to harm or kill anyone,” he said. “Not KK. How could I?”

Chan also claimed he had “never entered into any disputes with anybody”, apart from two incidents, both involving Chun. One took place on the night she died, the other in 2009, following which Chun was bound over by Fanling Court to keep the peace for the next 12 months.

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But he admitted that he had not been truthful when he talked about the incident in August 2015.

During that occasion, he said he visited Chun that October night to break up with her and ask her to move out of the Amoy Gardens flat to show his then wife the affair was truly over. He claimed Chun was understanding about the break-up, watching TV while he was packing up his documents, clothes and bottles of red wine into a large nylon bag.

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Two years later, Chan clarified: “I simply wanted to hide the fact that I killed KK by mistake so I had to say that … That very night, all I had done was bag her corpse.”

He also admitted to lying about small matters like what Chun was doing when he arrived at the flat.

But he testified in tears that he had been truthful about finding a HK$100 banknote folded into a heart shape when he returned to the flat a few days later.

Beside the HK$100 was a note which read: “I will always love you.”

The trial before Madam Justice Anthea Pang Po-kam continues with closing submissions on Friday.