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[wptab name=’Features’]Content for the tab Features[/wptab][end_wptabset]A British man thought to work for a top bank has been arrested after the decomposing bodies of two people were found in a smart apartment block in Hong Kong
A British financier has been arrested on suspicion of murder after two women were found dead inside the bloodied walls of his luxury apartment in Hong Kong.
The women were discovered in the 31st floor flat in the Wan Chai district of Hong Kong – a skyscrapper-filled central area popular with young, expat professionals. The 29-year-old Briton, who has not been named, was said by The South China Morning Post to work for a “top-tier global bank”.
Police arrested the man – reportedly a Bank of America Merrill Lynch employee, on Saturday after the two women, both of whom were said by local media to be sex workers of Asian origin, were discovered. According to a statement posted on a government website, police went to an apartment on Johnston Road after receiving a report by a 29-year-old foreign man at 3.42am.
The body of one was heavily decomposed, stuffed inside a large suitcase left on the balcony. Police believe it could have remained there for several days.
“She was nearly decapitated and her hands and legs were bound with ropes. She was naked and wrapped in a towel before being stuffed into the luggage,” a source told the newspaper. Her passport was found at the scene, and the newspaper said she was aged 25 and from Indonesia.
“From what we can see it was intentionally hidden because it was put in a travel suitcase,” said a police spokesman, describing the suitcase as being three foot long and one-and-a-half in width and height.
“This body belonged to a person who has passed away for quite some time,” he said, adding that maggots were found in the corpse.
The other victim, a woman aged between 25 and 30, was found with her throat cut, lying naked in the living room. She had been stabbed multiple times, and a knife was recovered from the scene.
CCTV footage from Friday allegedly showed the woman and the suspect returning to the flat around midnight. A small quantity of cocaine was found in the living room, the SCMP reported. “We are investigating whether he was under the influence of illegal drugs at the time of the incident,” the source said.
“There was a female that was unconscious, with knife injuries and was naked,” said Wan Siu-hung, assistant district commander, who attended the scene in Wan Chai.
Mr Wan said the cause of death was thought to be from a cut on her throat.
One resident who has lived at J Residence for about a year told the SCMP he had noticed an odd smell recently.
“There was a stink in the building like a dead animal,” he said. “It was a shock because you would never expect something like this to happen in Hong Kong.”
He said the building’s occupants were mainly expatriates. A middle floor 350 sq foot home in the building was rented out in October for HK$21,000 (£1,700) per month.
The area is both a business centre and a sought-after residential area.
Close to the Happy Valley racecourse and just behind the exhibition centre – where the handover from Britain to China was famously celebrated in 1997 – the district attracts affluent expats who want the prestige of living on Hong Kong island, but perhaps cannot afford the eye-watering prices of The Peak – the exclusive hillside mansions, overlooking Victoria Harbour.
By night it buzzes with life, as people drawn from all over the territory flock to its many bars and restaurants.
The gruesome case is unusual in Hong Kong, which has very low levels of violent crime. According to police statistics, the city of seven million saw 14 cases of homicide in the first half of the year.
A spokesperson for the Foreign Office told the BBC: “We can confirm that a British national has been arrested in Hong Kong.
“We are in touch with the local police and stand ready to provide consular assistance.”