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Girlfriend arrested over murder of UK teacher in China


The girlfriend of a British lecturer has been arrested with two men over his murder in southern China, Chinese police said yesterday, with local media reporting he was dismembered after he was killed.

Hilary Bower, 60, who taught at a university in Hong Kong, was murdered over an “emotional dispute,” mainland Chinese police said, as media reports painted a complex picture of his love life involving several women.

Bower had been missing for more than three weeks after he was last seen on March 21 at a border point between Hong Kong and Shenzhen, where he is reported to have lived.

Hong Kong police earlier this week said that Bower had been killed on the mainland, “possibly” murdered.

Police in Shenzhen yesterday confirmed that he had been murdered on March 22.

A 38-year-old woman surnamed Xu and two men “murdered her foreigner boyfriend Hilary Bower over an emotional dispute,” the Shenzhen public security bureau said on its Twitter-like Weibo account.

It said Bower and Xu had lived together for 17 years.

The three were arrested on Friday last week and the case is still under investigation, it added.

Hong Kong local media, citing unnamed public security sources, reported Xu had turned herself in to police in Dongguan, China, on Thursday last week, where she had told officers she had murdered and then dismembered Bower with the help of two men.

The Dongguan Public Security Bureau could not confirm the details when contacted by reporters.

Local media said Bower had a number of girlfriends on the mainland.

One girlfriend, named by media as Shi Xiumei, had reported Bower missing at a police station in Hong Kong on March 30, Hong Kong police said earlier this week.

Bower had been reported to be living with Shi and their six-year-old son.

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