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Hong Kong man confesses to killing, cooking parents

A man from Hong Kong on Wednesday (Aug 6) confessed to killing his parents while he was on the verge of an emotional breakdown. He had allegedly dismembered their bodies and cooked some of the parts with the help of a friend.

HONG KONG: The trial of a man from Hong Kong accused of killing his parents with the help of a friend on Wednesday (Aug 6) pleaded not guilty to murder, as gruesome details of severed heads in fridges and body parts cooked to resemble barbequed pork were played out in court.

30-year-old Henry Chau confessed to killing his parents as he thought they were "total losers". He told the court he was on the verge of a breakdown, as his emotional connection with his parents was getting worse.

The court was also told that Chau had planned the murder with his friend, Tse Chun-Kei, for more than three months.

In their bid to murder and dispose of the bodies of 65-year-old Chau Wing-Ki, and his wife Siu Yuet-Yee, the duo had bought knives, refrigerators, microwave ovens and a rice cooker.

It was revealed that after the killing, Chau and Tse dismembered the bodies, storing the couple's heads and organs in the fridge. They had also cooked parts of the remains to make it look like barbequed pork, packed it in lunch boxes with some rice, and disposed of it in a rubbish bin, after they ran out of storage space in the refrigerators.

The grisly find was uncovered after police searched an apartment the couple were last seen at in March 2013, a day after Chau reported his parents missing. DNA tests confirmed the identities of the bodies.

In evidence read to the city's High Court Wednesday, Chau claimed that he planned to mislead the police in order to buy himself some time to say goodbye to friends.

"My murdering partner and I were planning to make it a missing person case and dump the body piece by piece," he said in an internet messaging group.

Chau also called himself a "psychopath" in the messages and said: "I cannot empathise with people's pain because of my experience from childhood and adolescence". 

South China Morning Post reported that Chau pleaded guilty to manslaughter on grounds of diminished mental capacity. Tse pleaded not guilty to both counts of murder. The trial is set to wrap up at the end of the month.

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