Murder case unveiled in Chai Kei Village in Tai Po as wife suspected of suffocating husband with bedding (Updated: 10.29am)

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10th December 2023 – (Hong Kong) At around 11pm yesterday, a 62-year-old man surnamed Chung was found dead in his village house in Chai Kek Village, Tai Po. The suspect, a 52-year-old woman surnamed Law, the wife of the deceased, was arrested at the scene by the police. Authorities have cordoned off the area for investigation, and more details of the case have emerged. As of this morning (10th), the crime scene remains sealed. When the police officers arrived at the scene, the female suspect allegedly pretended that her husband was still alive and called out, “Honey, wake up! Someone is looking for you.”

According to reports, the deceased man, who had been living abroad, maintained regular contact with his nephew, the 25-year-old individual who reported the incident. Concerned about his uncle’s recent unavailability, the nephew returned to Hong Kong and went to the village house to look for him. However, when he arrived, the aunt refused to open the door, leading to an altercation between the two. The nephew subsequently called the police for assistance. Upon their arrival and subsequent investigation, the police discovered the lifeless body of the uncle. The case is currently under investigation, including determining the time of death.

Throughout the night, police officers conducted a thorough investigation at the scene, collecting evidence, including the bedding suspected to have been used in the crime. The exact time of the man’s death remains unknown, but initial suspicions suggest that he may have been suffocated with bedding earlier this month. In the early hours of this morning, the police removed additional items of evidence from the house, including the bedding.

The crime took place in a two-story village house made of corrugated iron. As the investigation continues, police officers remain stationed at the crime scene to maintain security. Neighbours have revealed that the deceased man owned two properties within the village, with the incident occurring in one of them. The neighbouring three-story village house is reportedly used for rental purposes. At the crime scene, two private cars were parked in front, although it is unclear whether they belonged to the deceased or his family.

According to neighbours, the couple had a volatile relationship, often engaging in arguments over trivial matters.

Further information from a villager indicates that the deceased man had been through three marriages. He had a daughter with his first wife before divorcing and living abroad for over a decade. He then remarried a foreign woman, with whom he had another daughter, but that marriage also ended in divorce. The current wife, who is now the prime suspect, is believed to be a mainland Chinese national but holds a Hong Kong identity card.

Sources revealed that the deceased and his wife were retired, but it was alleged that the deceased frequently visited bars and engaged in extramarital affairs, leading to frequent arguments and sleeping in separate rooms. A few days ago, during another argument, the husband returned to his room to repair the bed frame. Unfortunately, he accidentally fell and someone took advantage of the situation to trap him under the bed frame and suffocate him using bedding. The forensic examiner, after examining the scene, believes that the deceased had been dead for a period of 2 to 4 days.