Tuesday 27 September 2016

China arrests girlfriend of 17 years over killing of British teacher

Published 19/04/2016 | 12:06

Hilary St John Bower was killed on the Chinese mainland
Hilary St John Bower was killed on the Chinese mainland

Chinese police have arrested a woman and two men over the murder of a Hong Kong-based British university teacher found dead on the mainland.

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Officers in the southern city of Shenzhen would not elaborate on an earlier statement saying the 38-year-old woman, identified by her surname Xu, had killed 60-year-old Hilary St John Bower, her boyfriend of 17 years, over a relationship dispute.

The statement said two men aged 28 and 23 assisted Xu and were arrested with her on April 8.

The British embassy in Beijing said it was supporting the family of a British national who had died in southern China and was in close contact with local investigators.

English language teacher Mr Bower had worked at Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) since 1996 and was due to retire later this year.

According to his profile on the PolyU website, he had also taught in South Korea, Thailand, Spain and Kuwait.

Mr Bower vanished on March 22 after he travelled to Shenzhen, where he lived with his girlfriend and son.

A colleague was quoted by the city's South China Morning Post newspaper as saying Mr Bower was anticipating a windfall from a property investment in Shenzhen, just across the border from Hong Kong, although the police report did not mention a dispute over money. He was reported missing by another girlfriend on March 30.

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