One of Asia’s most prestigious universities is reeling with the arrest of a professor on suspicion of murdering his wife, after her body was found inside a box in his office on campus.
Hong Kong police said on Tuesday a 53-year-old man surnamed Cheung had been arrested on suspicion of murder.
Local media identified the man as Cheung Kie-chung — an associate professor at the University of Hong Kong and member of its governing council.
Cheung is a warden of a student residential building near the university’s main campus where he lived with his family.
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He reported to authorities on August 20 that his wife was missing after the pair had an argument and that she was last seen in the small hours on August 17.
“After receiving the [missing person] report, we checked the CCTV footage in the building,” Superintendent Law Kwok-hoi told reporters.
However CCTV vision showed the wife never left the dormitory.
Police said Cheung was seen on the video pushing a large wooden box on a trolley from the building.
“We viewed the CCTV of the building and we found the informant has moved the wooden box,” Superintendent Law said.
A police statement noted authorities found a dead body inside a wooden box in an office on Pok Fu Lam Road in Western Division — the address of the main campus of the University of Hong Kong.
Radio Television Hong Kong reported officers found a suitcase inside the wooden box, and a woman’s body was discovered inside the suitcase. She was in her underwear with a power cable around her neck.
The arrest came as the university prepared for the new academic year, with orientation activities in full swing ahead of classes beginning next week.