Prof guilty of murdering wife

Top News | Wallis Wang 27 Nov 2020

University of Hong Kong professor Cheung Kie-chung has been found guilty of murdering his wife, Tina Chan Wai-man, two years ago.

A High Court seven-member jury last night returned the guilty verdict after less than eight hours of deliberations following an 11-day trial.

Cheung, 56, admitted killing Chan, 53, on August 17, 2018 at their residence at the university's Wei Lun Hall.

Cheung's lawyer Graham Harris asked Justice Anthea Pang Po-kam to adjourn the case for mitigation of the charge of preventing a lawful burial.

Pang then adjourned the case until next Thursday for mitigation and sentencing.

Harris said although the defense understood that any person convicted of murder shall be imprisoned for life, they still wanted to mitigate on the other charge Cheung is facing.

Harris said they have prepared a mitigation letter that was signed by hundreds of people.

Cheung showed no emotion in the dock when the jury of four men and three women returned a 5-2 verdict after retiring for deliberation at 12.30pm.

Cheung strangled Chan with a cable wire while they were in bed. He stuffed her body in a suitcase in a "wooden coffin" and moved it to his office in the university.

Their two children - Nancy and Scot - had told the court that the arguments between their parents were usually provoked by Chan. Cheung had lost weight sharply and became impatient from 2016.

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