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23/03/2015 16:42 GMT | Updated 23/03/2015 16:59 GMT

Henry Chau Jailed For Life For Killing, Dismembering And Cooking His Elderly Parents

A man who killed, dismembered and cooked his parents has been jailed for life.

Henry Chau Hoi-leung was found guilty of two counts of murder over the deaths of his father Chau Wing-ki, 65, and mother Siu Yuet-yee, 63, reports the South China Morning Post.

The 31-year-old also received an additional nine-year sentence for preventing the lawful burials of the couple.

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Henry Chau has been jailed for life

During the trial in Hong Kong the court heard the couple’s heads were found stored in two fridges in 2013.

Various body parts belonging to them were also found in plastic boxes in the home of Henry’s co-accused Tse Chun Kei, who was unanimously acquitted of murder charges.

The remains, which had been salted and cooked, were found packed into lunchboxes with rice.

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Chau was convicted of murdering his father Chau Wing-ki (above) and mother Siu Yuet-yee (below)

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Chau’s motives are unknown, though some media outlets cite anger towards his mother for forcing him to learn to play the piano and animosity with his father for refusing to turn down the television as he studied during his schooldays.

Judge Michael Stuart-Moore described Chau as “narcissistic” and “preoccupied with fantasies for success”, AFP writes.

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The fridges where the victims heads were stored

Describing Chau as “a highly dangerous individual”, he added: “In practice you have no feelings for other people.”

A macabre shopping list composed by Chau including pork knives, hammers, lunch boxes, bleach and microwaves was published by Shanghaiist, as was a “script” for his plot which included the line: “Cut the skin, cut the organs… take the body to the nest.”

Pathologist Mak Chun-hung gave evidence in which he described finding the couples' heads, News.com.au reports.

He told the court: "The heads were placed neatly on towels with their eyes not fully closed."

Describing some of the flesh he saw, he recounted: "The colour of the meat looked different. I believe they had been cooked in hot water."