Couples bodies found in flat

Local | Sophie Hui 13 Oct 2017

Police say they are uncertain over the death of a couple whose rotting bodies were found in a flat in Sheung Shui yesterday.

A spokesman said there was no suicide note, no signs of a struggle and no noticeable injuries on their bodies.

There was a small wound on the back of the wife's head but nothing could be determined until an autopsy was carried out, the spokesman said.

The bodies of the couple, in their 40s, were found in their 32nd-floor flat at Ching Chiu House, Ching Ho Estate, around 10.30am after police received reports from neighbors about a foul smell from the flat.

When firefighters broke into the flat they found the husband, named Lui, 41, lying on the bed in the bedroom with his 40-year-old wife, Chui, on the floor.

Tai Po assistant district commander (Crime) Jasper Choi Chun-hoo said the bodies were swollen and rotting, but there were no superficial injuries except for a small wound at the back of the wife's head.

"Whether this wound caused her death, we have to confirm by an autopsy later," he said, adding police would have to wait for forensic pathologists to confirm the cause of death, as well as how long they had been dead.

Choi said there was no sign of fighting in the flat and that it was locked with all windows closed. "We believe that only the two were in the flat at the time."

Police could not confirm whether the case is suspicious as the reasons behind their deaths have not been found.

Choi also said the couple had been living in the flat for more than 10 years and that they had a child who did not live with them. He said the deceased had medical records.

He said police had previously received reports about disputes between the two while a social worker had been taking care of the couple. Officers took away evidence including the medicine and a dumbbell from the flat. The case has been classified as dead body found.

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