A Taoist master was charged with murdering a 21-year-old woman in Sai Kung when she was allegedly beaten after refusing to get up from her bed.
The incident was mentioned in Kwun Tong Magistrates' Court yesterday.
Dunsany Cheung Chi-choi, 49, who claimed to be a Chinese medicine practitioner, was charged with murdering Ng Yan-yu at Lung Mei Village in Sai Kung on Sunday.
The prosecution told the court that Cheung is a Taoist master and knew Ng's father. Cheung was living in the same village house as the family with his female student.
Ng's father found her unconscious in bed on Monday morning, and paramedics certified her dead. She had bruises on her body and a bloody nose.
The court heard that Ng was beaten as she refused to get up from the bed. There were blood stains in the room, which were cleaned up with tissues. A broom was disposed of at a refuse collection point.
The defendant did not make a plea yesterday.
The hearing was adjourned until October 30 for the police to conduct further investigations. Cheung was remanded in custody.
The defense did not object to the case being adjourned, but said Cheung was attacked after being arrested.
Ng's body was found in her village house at Lung Mei Tsuen, where Taoist talismans were put up on the windows.
Four people were arrested on Monday night, including Cheung, his 29-year-old female student, Ng's 50-year-old father and 52-year-old mother.
Police said yesterday Ng's parents and the female student had been released on bail, but have to report to the police in mid-September.
At about 9.45am yesterday, police conducted reenactments with Cheung. His head was covered with a black cloth and he was shackled at the waist.
Forensic investigators were also present at the scene, collecting evidence. Police and Cheung stayed near the entrance of the village house for a while. Cheung and the officers left the house after 30 minutes.
Cheung was then brought to a refuse collection point about 50 meters away from the house.
Ng's father was also brought to the scene to help in the reenactment.
Police took a chair and pillow with blood stains, along with some clothes.
A pair of slippers, three plastic rackets, a bag with the words "I have been demonized . . . do not come close," and a wooden stick with talismans were seized on Monday night.
A neighbor, surnamed Kong, said the family moved into the three-story village house over a year ago.