A man claiming that his parents had abandoned him, causing him to lose his mind, recently pleaded not guilty to killing them, cooking them, then preparing their flesh with rice. Even after prosecutors produced evidence that 30-year-old Chau Hoi-leung had plotted to kill his parents in complicity with his roommate, he still proffered the defense that he had been emotionally abandoned by his parents and that their treatment drove him to kill them. But, as NT News in Australia reported Aug. 8, nothing could be further from the truth, according to friends of the family.
Those that knew Chau Hoi-leung and his parents, Chau Wing-ki, 65, and Siu Yuet-yee, 62, saw the relationship as one of doting parents who gave their son everything while his entire problem with them stemmed from the moment they told him to get a job. According to friends, Hoi-leung accused his parents of abandoning him after moving out of their home and severing ties with them.
So when he invited them over for lunch at his place in Hong Kong, they thought he had let bygones be bygones and was reaching out for reconciliation.
But Chau Hoi-leung and his friend, 36-year-old Tse Chun-kei, had developed a plan. Buying a couple of refrigerators and rice cookers and other cooking and storing equipment, they killed the couple, chopped them up, stored them in the refrigerators and even cooked parts with rice in the newly purchased cookers.
Police were shocked when, in an attempt to get some information from the son about parents' strange disappearance, they found the preserved heads of the couple in one of the refrigerators. Parts they were unable to fit into the refrigerator were packed in salt into lunch boxes.
Hoi-leung told authorities he had killed his parents because they refused to fund his lavish lifestyle.
The prosecutors have refused to accept Hoi-leung's plea of diminished responsibility and are asking that the two killers be convicted of murder.
Chau Hoi-leung isn't the only individual lately that decided to use cooking equipment in the killing of a family member. A Namibian teacher killed her disabled daughter in May and tossed her body on a barbecue grill, according to the Huffington Post. She told authorities that she had been seeing demons in the house.
In Nov. 2012, a 68-year-old California man was actually found cooking the remains of his 73-year-old wife on the stove when police answered a call from a neighbor complaining of an overpowering stench emanating from the couple's house. According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, they also found her severed head in the freezer.