‘If I can’t have something, no one can’ – court hears thoughts of man accused in Hong Kong wardrobe corpse murder trial
Defendant Oscar Mok told close friend that he had previously thought of killing former girlfriend Arbe Chan, court hears
“If I can’t have something, no one can,” a Hong Kong man accused of strangling his former girlfriend and hiding her body in a wardrobe suggested to a close friend while revealing that he had thought of killing the victim before.
Oscar Mok Chun-yin, 30, also told his friend that he felt “liberated” after killing Dragonair flight attendant Arbe Chan Man-yi, 26, a court heard on Tuesday.
Mok – who killed Chan in a fit of rage after finding out she had a new boyfriend – told Tsang Sin-yin of a childhood incident to describe what went through his mind after she had guessed what he had done.
“If I could not have something, I would not give it to others,” Mok had told her.
A day after the alleged murder, Tsang recalled getting a call from Mok. Both were close friends from secondary school and he wanted to meet her that night. “He said that something had happened, which was quite troublesome,” she recalled.
Tsang said on the way to where they were going for a chat over a beer, she had already guessed Mok might have killed someone.
As soon as they sat down, Tsang recalled as she testified at Mok’s trial: “He said that I guessed right.”
She went on to ask him how he felt. “It was a liberation,” Mok told her. He said he had been having a hard time since Chan split up with him. The couple began dating in 2012 but broke up a year later.
Mok has denied murdering his former girlfriend on December 4, 2013 at her home at Allway Gardens in Tsuen Wan.
Prosecutors allege that after checking Chan’s roster, Mok went to her home on the day of the killing in the hopes of a reconciliation. The encounter took a fatal turn when Mok found out Chan already had a new boyfriend. Mok then killed her in rage, he told police after his arrest.
When Tsang asked him why he was so impulsive, Mok went on to tell a story from his childhood, the court heard.
Mok told Tsang when he was little, there was an incident in which he was fighting over a games console with a younger cousin. The adults sided with the cousin because she was younger.
In response, Mok threw the console away.
When Tsang asked how he killed her, the defendant pointed to his neck and made a squeezing action with his hands.
“I asked: ‘Did she stare at you?’” Tsang recalled. Mok said no, as a scarf was covering Chan’s eyes. He said he knew her body would not have been discovered because her family would think she was on duty.
“I further asked if he could sleep well. He said he slept from 3am till the following day,” Tsang recalled.
Mok does not deny killing Chan, but argued that he was overcome by rage and had lost control at the time of the alleged murder, which meant it should be a case of manslaughter.
But Tsang said Mok told her he had thought about killing Chan on a previous occasion.
The case continues before Mr Justice Joseph Yau Chi-lap.