Last Updated on 2023/02/25
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Abby Choi’s ex-husband subject of citywide manhunt, ex-brother-in-law and former parents-in-law arrested
A gruesome murder case has shaken Hong Kong as police continue to investigate the killing of 28-year-old influencer Abby Choi Tin-fung. Authorities suspect that Choi was murdered over a fight that erupted among her ex-husband, his family, and herself over tens of millions of Hong Kong dollars. The ex-husband, a 31-year-old jobless man, has become the focus of a citywide manhunt, while Choi’s ex-brother-in-law and former parents-in-law have been arrested. Police discovered the remains of Choi’s corpse at a village house, which had been transformed into a horrific human butcher shop. The officers found a meat grinder, electric saw, soup pots filled with human tissue, and legs that had been stuffed into the refrigerator. However, Choi’s head, hands, and torso have not yet been found.
The details of this murder case have shocked Hong Kong and sparked a public outcry for justice. Many have expressed concern over the level of violence involved in the killing and the possibility of further gruesome details emerging as the investigation continues.
As the manhunt for Choi’s ex-husband continues, the Hong Kong Police Force has urged the public to come forward with any information that could assist in the investigation. Meanwhile, Choi’s friends and followers have taken to social media to mourn her tragic death and demand justice for the senseless killing of a young woman with her whole life ahead of her.
Hong Kong police investigating the murder of model Abby Choi Tin-fung have uncovered a macabre scene at a village house in Tai Po’s Lung Mei Tsuen, where parts of her body were found. Police officers discovered a meat grinder, electric saw, two pots of soup containing human tissue, and legs stuffed into the refrigerator. Superintendent Alan Chung Nga-lun of the Kowloon West regional crime unit described the flat as a “gruesome human butcher shop,” carefully prepared as a place to cut up a body. Describing the killing as “premeditated” and “well-planned,” Chung said that the ground-floor flat of the three-storey house had been rented by the victim’s former father-in-law. The flat was starkly bare of furniture, with only a couch and a table inside. The two bedrooms were also empty. The suspects had covered the walls of the flat with a sail and wore face shields and black raincoats to avoid getting bloodstained while dismembering the body.
The police are still looking for the victim’s head, torso, and hands, which they believe were disposed of. Authorities suspect that the murder was triggered by a dispute over tens of millions of Hong Kong dollars that erupted among the influencer, her ex-husband, and his family. The former husband, who is 31 years old and jobless, is the focus of a citywide manhunt, while Choi’s ex-brother-in-law and former parents-in-law have been arrested.
The discovery of the “human butcher shop” has horrified the public in Hong Kong, with many expressing their condolences for Choi’s family and calling for justice to be served. The case has sparked a national conversation about domestic violence and the treatment of women in Hong Kong.
The village house in Tai Po’s Lung Mei Tsuen, where parts of a corpse belonging to a missing Hong Kong model, Abby Choi Tin-fung, were found, had become a “gruesome human butcher shop,” according to Superintendent Alan Chung Nga-lun of the Kowloon West regional crime unit. Officers found a meat grinder, an electric saw, soup pots containing human tissue, and legs in the refrigerator. The flat had been carefully prepared as a place to cut up a body, Chung said, describing the killing as “premeditated” and “well-planned”. The body parts discovered belonged to a female, but the head, the torso, and hands had not been found, and police believed they had been disposed of.
The former father-in-law of the victim rented the flat, which was starkly bare of furniture, and the two bedrooms were also empty. Police also found two types of choppers, a hammer, face shields, black raincoats, and a purple handbag that belonged to Choi. The suspects covered the walls with a sail and wore face shields and raincoats to prevent being bloodstained while dismembering the body.
Police launched an investigation after receiving a report that Choi was missing on Tuesday, and they contacted the brother and parents of Choi’s ex-husband. However, the investigation was hindered by false and misleading statements made to officers by all three, aged 31 to 65. “They created plenty of lies and smokescreens to mislead us,” Chung said, adding that the force had wasted valuable time checking surveillance cameras in an attempt to confirm their accounts. Choi’s ex-brother-in-law, who served as her chauffeur, was suspected of driving to her home in the exclusive Kadoorie Hill in Ho Man Tin to meet her before she went missing. The two were supposed to go to pick up the daughter she had with her ex-husband. Choi also had a son with her former husband. The property was cordoned off as detectives and forensic experts examined the scene, while dozens of officers from the Police Tactical Unit combed the village for clues. A tow truck took away a white seven-seater vehicle from the crime scene, while six blue boxes were piled outside the ground-floor flat, each one numbered. About 20 police officers were seen entering and exiting the residence, although black curtains on the windows blocked any view inside. Choi was reported to be 1.55 meters tall (5 feet) and weighed about 40kg (88lbs), and she was wearing a white T-shirt, white trousers, and white slippers when last seen. She was also carrying a purple handbag.
Authorities believed that the killing was triggered by a fight over tens of millions of Hong Kong dollars that erupted among the 28-year-old influencer, her ex-husband, and his family. Choi’s former husband, 31 and jobless, was the focus of a citywide manhunt, while Choi’s ex-brother-in-law and former parents-in-law had been arrested.
Choi was allegedly the daughter-in-law of a founder of TamJai Yunnan Mixian, which was later acquired by Tam Jai International. The group expressed their condolences over the incident but did not provide further comments as they were not involved in the case.
Choi, who had a large following of over 80,000 on Instagram, had recently been featured on the cover of the fashion magazine L’Officiel. The magazine praised Choi’s unique style and her ability to mix and match pieces in unexpected ways, which earned her fans from all around the world. In an interview with L’Officiel, Choi described herself as someone who is always looking for inspiration and trying new styles. She also shared that she enjoys dressing extravagantly by combining different looks.
Hong Kong has seen a rise in the number of murder reports, with police handling 30 cases in 2022, which is a 30% increase from 2021. Half of these cases involved family members and all 30 cases were solved.
Lung Mei Tsuen is a popular destination for locals who want to escape the city center. It is located against the backdrop of the Pat Sin Leng mountains and offers various activities such as biking, hiking, and alfresco dining. The area is often crowded with families and couples during the weekends.
This murder is one of the most shocking incidents since May 2013, when Henry Chau Hoi-leung participated in the killing of his parents, a case that inspired the 2022 movie The Sparring Partner. In this case, the couple’s heads were found in the fridge, and parts of three arms and four legs were discovered around the flat. Chau was found guilty of two counts of murder and was sentenced to life in prison in 2015.
Another infamous murder in Hong Kong was the “Hello Kitty Murder” in May 1999. In this case, a 23-year-old nightclub hostess named Fan Man-yee was kidnapped by three triads and held in a flat in Tsim Sha Tsui. She was tortured for over a month before being murdered, and her severed head was found inside a Hello Kitty doll. The three men were sentenced to life imprisonment for manslaughter, but one had his sentence reduced to 18 years following a retrial.