A 30-year old Chinese man is currently standing trial for killing his parents, chopping up their bodies and then using it as meat to cook rice.
In an August 5 court appearance in Hong Kong, the Court of First Instance heard about how Chau Hoi-leung killed his parents last year after inviting them over to his apartment for dinner.
According to close friends, Chau had been properly raised by his parents who gave him everything he needed. However, when they told him to get a job ‘cos he’s old enough and they cannot continue funding his lavish lifestyle, Chau cut them off from his life and accused them of abandoning him.
Then in mid February 2013, Chau – who prosecutors say had been planning for months to kill his parents – invited them over for lunch. His parents, Chau Wing-ki, 65, and Siu Yuet-yee, 62, honored the invitation, thinking that a reconciliation is in progress.
But as soon as his parents went into his apartment, Chau – with the help of his 36-year old friend Tse Chun-kei – killed them, chopped up their bodies, and cooked some of the flesh with rice, allegedly intending to eat them.
Chau also procured two big freezers, where they stored their heads and some body parts. They also threw some body parts into the ocean, and stored some of the cooked flesh in lunchboxes.
In addition to the freezers, detectives also found a microwave, rice cooker, various cutting instruments like saws and knives scattered all over Chau’s flat, and notes and receipts indicating that the murder was carefully planned for months.
Chau initially tried to plead guilty claiming that he was driven insane by his parents’ abandonment. But prosecutors disagreed, saying that the crime was ‘greatly premeditated’ and ‘extensive.’
Chau and Tse were arrested two weeks after the murder took place. He had earlier reported his parents missing to divert detectives’ attention away from him.