Ex-BF to face life after guilty verdict in wardrobe murderTop News | Sophie Hui 9 May 2018
The man who hid the body of his air hostess ex-girlfriend in a wardrobe has been found guilty of murder by a seven-member jury at the High Court.
Oscar Mok Chun-yin, 31, a former property agent, who wanted to plead guilty to manslaughter, was convicted, six to one, after the jury deliberated for four hours yesterday.
Sentencing was adjourned to Friday to hear the defense's mitigation plea, though Justice Joseph Yau Chi-lap had already told the jury that Mok would be sentenced to life imprisonment on conviction of murder.
Mok strangled Dragonair flight attendant Arbe Chan Man-yi, 26, in a jealous rage at her home in Allway Gardens, Tsuen Wan, on December 4, 2013, and hid her body in a wardrobe in her bedroom.
Chan's father and younger sister were in court yesterday. The sister said Mok deserved the verdict. "The judgment gave my sister justice," she said.
But she said Mok tore her family and it could not be remedied and what the law could do had been done, though her family could not forgive Mok.
The sister also asked the media to give her family some privacy.
The prosecutor said Mok and Chan became lovers in 2012, but they broke up three months before Chan's death. Mok was provoked after he discovered that Chan had a new lover.
A colleague of Chan called her family on December 8 and told them Chan had not attended work the day before without applying for leave.
The family then started searching for Chan's luggage, but Chan's father found her body at the bottom of the wardrobe.
Mok fled to the mainland through Lok Ma Chau on December 7, a day before Chan's body was found.
He had been hidden in the mainland for three years. He was arrested by mainland authorities in November 2016 and sent back to Hong Kong on February 1 last year.
While in Shenzhen, Mok met a new lover and the two have a two-year-old son.
The prosecutor also said Mok had told friends and colleagues that he had killed his ex-girlfriend, and that though he felt "liberated" after the slaying, he loved Chan very much.
After the verdict, the prosecutor revealed that Mok had threatened and attacked Chan on September 4, 2013, three months before the killing.
Apart from murder, Mok also admitted to one count of theft and attempted theft, saying after killing Chan, he tried to take Chan's savings by using her ATM card, and stole and sold her phone.