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Teen held over Valentine's trip suitcase murder: Taiwan police find body of Hong Kong woman

Top News | Staff reporters Mar 14, 2018
A 19-year-old student has been arrested for the murder of his 20-year-old girlfriend while on a romantic Valentine's trip in Taiwan last month.

Taiwanese police found the body of Poon Hiu-wing at 9.40pm last night. This followed the arrest at 6pm of her boyfriend, Chan Tung-kai, who had returned to Hong Kong without her.

Chan was last night being held at Tseung Kwan O police station.

According to sources, Chan confessed under caution that he had killed Poon, stuffed her in a suitcase and dumped it on a grass bank outside Zhuwei metro station.

Chan, nicknamed "Big Mole," traveled to Taiwan with Poon on February 13. The murder came to light when Poon's father became suspicious after Chan returned alone from Taiwan.

The father made a report to the police who sought help from their Taiwanese counterparts.

It is understood that Poon's father located Chan who claimed he and his girlfriend had quarreled in Taiwan before parted ways. He also told the father he did not know Poon's whereabouts.

Taipei police went though security footage and discovered that Chan left Purple Garden Hotel in Taipei on February 17 with a large pink suitcase and was acting suspiciously.

It is understood that Chan took the couple's luggage to the first floor of the hotel at around 11am on and left the hotel with just the pink suitcase. He returned to the hotel at 6.28pm alone and without the suitcase.

It is not known what had happened between the two that led to the killing.

Purple Garden Hotel is situated in the Taipei's Datong district near the Zhongshan metro station. Zhuwei is 15 stations away on the Tamsui metro Line in the seaside district of Tamsui.

Chan is a Polytechnic University associate degree student, while Poon was an Institute of Vocational Education student after studying at St Stephen's College in Stanley.

The couple, who had been courting for about a year, went to Taiwan to celebrate Valentine's Day.

Poon was a fashionista who loved posting selfies to Facebook and Instagram.

Her last public Facebook post, dated November 15, 2017, said: "He said I am his first and last girlfriend."

In another post, she shared her views on love, saying: "It is when a person parts with another and finds herself to miss the other very much, that she realizes she has fallen in love."

Chan, meanwhile, recently changed the user name of his Facebook account to "Love Phw" - the initials of Poon.

Taiwan and Hong Kong has not established an extradition or surrender agreement.

However, in the so-called cement-murder case in April 2016, where four culprits - one woman and three men - fled to Taiwan, the Taiwanese police detained the suspects and expelled them from the territory as their visas were annulled on the grounds that they might threaten public security.

As the culprits returned to Hong Kong, police described it as a milestone in law enforcement cooperation with Taiwanese officers.

However, vice-chairman of the Legislative Council Panel on Security James To Kun-sun said this case was different as the government cannot deport permanent residents.

He said Hong Kong courts have jurisdiction for this case as it involves a Hongkonger allegedly killing a fellow citizen.

"Hong Kong courts won't have jurisdiction for ordinary cases that happen in other places, and only a permanent resident murdering another is the exception," To said.



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