Man kills parents, cooks and packs them into lunchboxes
An elderly Hong Kong couple were dismembered by their son and his friend before being salted, cooked and packed into lunchboxes "like barbecued pork".
The severed heads of Mr Chau Wing-ki, 65, and his wife Siu Yuet-yee, 62, were found in March last year, stuffed into two refrigerators in a bloodstained apartment, days after they were reported missing.
Their other remains were found in a rubbish bin, cooked and packed into lunchboxes with rice, in an attempt by the duo to hide the crime after they ran out of space in the refrigerators.
The couple's son Henry Chau, 30, pleaded not guilty to both counts of murder on Wednesday.
The South China Morning Post reported that Chau had pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility on Tuesday, while his accomplice Tse Chun-kei, 36, denied both counts of murder.
Both men have admitted preventing the couple’s lawful burial.
He wanted to 'dump the body piece by piece'
Prosecutors alleged that Chau and Tse planned the murder for months, buying knives, refrigerators, microwave ovens and a rice cooker.
Chau initially told police that his parents had gone to China, but later admitted to the murder on an Internet messaging group.
In evidence read to the city’s High Court on Wednesday, Chau claimed that he planned to mislead the police in order to buy himself some time to say goodbye to friends.
“My murdering partner and I were planning to make it a missing person case and dump the body piece by piece,” he said in a group message.
Chau also called himself a “psychopath” in the messages and said: “I cannot empathise with people’s pain because of my experience from childhood and adolescence.”
The Post reported that Chau claimed to have killed his parents with the help of Tse in the middle of an emotional breakdown, but prosecutors alleged that the murder was carefully planned.