HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police have charged the former mother-in-law of a model with murder days after parts of her body were found in a refrigerator.
Hong Kong model Abby Choi’s father-in-law and his eldest son have been charged with murder, while her mother-in-law faces a charge of perverting the course of justice, police said in a statement on Sunday. Authorities also arrested the woman’s ex-husband on Saturday, but have not filed charges against the 28-year-old.
The gruesome case came to light on Friday when police found the model’s body, dismembered and stored in a refrigerator, in a rural village in Tai Po, a Hong Kong suburb near mainland China.
“The police also found that the apartment was meticulously organized by cold-blooded killers,” Superintendent Alan Chung said Saturday. “Tools used to dismember human bodies were found on the floor, including meat grinders, chainsaws, long raincoats, gloves and masks.”
The 28-year-old woman had financial disputes with her ex-husband and his family over millions of Hong Kong dollars, Chung said, adding that “some people” were not happy with the way Choi was handling her financial assets.
A woman’s severed legs were found in a refrigerator, and Choi’s identity card, credit cards, and other items from the home went missing for several days. They also found human tissue in the soup pots, Chung said. Police did not find the victim’s head, body or hands at the scene.
Chung said the house where her remains were found was rented by her ex-husband’s father just a few weeks ago.