Jury shown ketchup bottle used to hit teen

Local | Riley Chan 4 Jan 2018

The jury in a murder trial was shown a glass ketchup bottle which the defendant allegedly used to bash a 15-year-old part-time model.

The bottle was among more than 100 pieces of evidence viewed by the seven-member jury yesterday. They included nylon cables that were supposedly used to strangle the girl, and a trolley used to transport her corpse.

Lau Cheung-fai, 37, who had originally hired Kwok Wai-ming for HK$500 for a private photo shoot at his apartment, is contesting a count of murder in High Court, after prosecutor Martyn Richmond rejected his offer to plead guilty to manslaughter in Kwok's 2014 death.

Huge rubbish bags, two red, white and blue nylon bags, and a green suitcase that Lau used to conceal the body were also among the evidence presented to the jury.

Jurors also passed around photos of the crime scene and autopsy, along with transcripts of conversations between Lau and Kwok on WeChat.

On December 8, 2014, Lau took Kwok to his Yau Ma Tei flat and allegedly struck her several times on the head with the bottle after she refused to change into clothes prepared by him.

The accused then tied the teen's hands with duct tape, and used nylon cables to strangle her before wrapping her head with tape. He poured Chinese alcohol down her throat, and proceeded to sexually assault her. He then took the girl's body to a Mong Kok hotel, before dumping it the next day at a refuse collection point.

Lau had earlier admitted to police that he had intercourse with the corpse twice while at the hotel.

The trial continues today before High Court Judge Kevin Zervos.

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