Man arrested over killing of Briton in Hong Kong

20th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

Hong Kong police have arrested a man in connection with the suspected murder of a British woman who was reported missing in the city less than a week ago.

Authorities on Sunday said they had taken a 29-year-old man into custody on Saturday over the death of a 64-year-old Janet Gilson, who was last seen on March 15 at her niece's home on Lamma Island.

The island, which is popular with expatriates, is a short ferry ride from Hong Kong's glittering downtown centre.

The British tourist reportedly arrived in the city on March 5.

Police said they made the arrest after discovering the missing woman's body at her niece's residence, a spokesman said Sunday, adding that the suspect was an "expatriate".

"When the (missing persons) report was first made, the niece didn't discover anything at the house," he told AFP.

"But she called us again on March 19 and, after receiving the second report to investigate again, we discovered the body."

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

Police did not release further details, saying an autopsy would be performed to determine the woman's cause of death.

Police Inspector Kwok Chi-keung said Gilson, a Salvation Army worker, appeared to have left the flat in a hurry, without her glasses or usual shoes, leaving her bedroom untidy and a bathroom water heater on, the South China Morning Post reported on Sunday.

Police said they arrested the suspect at a ferry pier in Hong Kong.

"The police thought that the man was armed so they acted very quickly, but he did not put up a fight," one witness told the Post.

© 2011 AFP

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