Briton's relative 'arrested in Hong Kong killing'

21st March 2011, Comments 0 comments

The suspect in the killing of a 64-year-old British woman in Hong Kong is the estranged husband of the victim's niece, reports said Monday.

Police arrested a 29-year-old man on Saturday in connection with the death of Janet Gilson, who was last seen on March 15 at her niece's home on Lamma Island, a short ferry ride from the city's glittering downtown core.

Authorities did not identify the suspect except to say he was an "expatriate".

But the South China Morning Post on Monday quoted Gilson's niece Julia Fareed as saying the suspect is her estranged husband. The pair met when Fareed worked in the Maldives, where the suspect is from, according to reports.

The Standard said he has a history of violence and breached an order banning him from going near his wife's home on the island, which is popular with expatriates.

Police declined to confirm the reports, and Julia Fareed could not be immediately reached for comment.

"We cannot confirm it because we don't have that information," a police spokeswoman told AFP.

"We just know he is not a local, he is not from Hong Kong," she added.

Police on Sunday confirmed they made the arrest after discovering the missing woman's body at Fareed's residence. Their initial search of the house turned up nothing last week, but a second probe uncovered the victim's body.

Gilson, a Salvation Army worker, reportedly arrived in the city on March 5.

Britain's Daily Mail has reported that Gilson's body was "rumoured" to have been found hidden behind a couch in the flat's living room.

© 2011 AFP

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