Henry Chau, the Hong Kong man who killed and dismembered his parents, was found guilty of their murders by a majority jury in the High Court, while his co-accused, Tse Chun-Kei, was unanimously acquitted, reports the South China Morning Post.
The victims’ deaths were discovered in March 2013, when police found the couple’s remains in horrific circumstances at Tse’s apartment. Their heads and organs were stored in a fridge, while their body parts had been chopped up and cooked with rice ‘like barbecued pork’.
The judge presiding over the trial, Justice Michael Stuart-Moore, declared that Henry Chau was a ‘complete failure in life and soul’ and ‘an extremely dangerous man’. The judge went on to say that Tse Chun-Kei—who claimed Chau had shown him a box of human remains and threatened to kill his mother—had been manipulated and used by Chau in his evil scheme, describing him as ‘naive and vulnerable’. Tse was immediately released following the verdict, after having spent the last two years in custody.
Chau’s sentence has been adjourned, but a tough penalty can be expected given the heinous nature of the crime. Aside front the gory manner in which he dealt with the bodies, evidence was also released showing Chau’s cold and calculating means: mobile phone messages in which he boasted about being a ‘psychopath’ who ‘cannot empathise with people’s pain’, as well as notes found under his mattress, including a macabre shopping list for the murder and a script of the sinister plot he was concocting.