A finance company director killed his mistress and successfully sneaked the body out of her flat only for it never to be found, prosecutors told a Hong Kong court on Monday.
Opening the murder trial of Ivan Chan Man-sum, lawyer Anna Lai Yuen-kee SC said that although there was no direct evidence he was responsible for the death of Chun Ka-yee, 33, in 2011, the jury should take note of circumstantial evidence.
“We don’t even have the body,” she told the jury of six men and one woman.
But Chan had been captured on closed-circuit television entering and leaving Chun’s building, block E at Amoy Gardens in Kowloon Bay, on October 6 that year – the day after the woman was last seen entering her home, according to the surveillance system.
The next morning, Lai said, Chan returned to the building before later leaving with a trolley holding a nylon bag that appeared to be full and heavy.
“The prosecution believes this was the time he disposed of the body,” Lai said.
Chan pleaded not guilty to one count of murder. He had been having an affair with the woman since they met in a nightclub in 2007.
Lai said Chun was originally from Sichuan province but settled in Hong Kong in 2006. After a failed marriage she met Chan, the director of a corporate finance firm based in Central and a married father of two.
In 2010, Chan stumped up a down payment for Chun on a HK$1.5 million flat in Amoy Gardens, purchased under her name, for which she paid monthly mortgage instalments of HK$5,000. They both had a key to the flat and security pass to the building, the lawyer said.
“All went well until July 2011,” she said, at which time the defendant’s wife found out about the affair.
Chun was last seen alive on October 5 that year when she came home after a trip to her native Sichuan.
The next day Chan was captured on CCTV entering Amoy Gardens at about 6pm and leaving shortly before 9pm.
Purchasing records showed he went to the nearby Pricerite and ParknShop stores to buy gloves, cling film and deodorant, before returning to the building. He eventually left before 11pm, Lai said.
By that time, she said, the woman had been killed.
The prosecutor added that while Chan was supposed to have been at work the following day, he returned in the morning with a plastic bag containing something with a chequered pattern.
Lai alleged Chan later pushed out from the building a trolley carrying a chequered nylon bag containing Chun’s body.
Chan, Lai said, hired someone to renovate the flat two days later, telling the contractor he wanted the job done in just two days to show his wife “he had wrapped up the relationship with the woman”.
The following week, both Chun’s psychologist and one of her friends, who had previously been unable to contact her, received text messages from the dead woman’s phone saying “she would stay on the mainland for a period of time”.
Lai accused Chan of sending those messages. She also said Chan had used his office phone to call Chun after she went “missing”.
Months later, Chun’s brother, Qin Qun, flew to Hong Kong and reported her missing, sparking a police investigation, the court heard.
“There was such a long period of time during which I failed to stay in touch with my younger sister. So I came to Hong Kong to make a report to police,” the prosecution witness told the court on Monday, referring to a trip to the city in January 2012.
The trial continues on Tuesday before Madam Justice Anthea Pang Po-kam.
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