British academic killed in China: Hong Kong police

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 8:10 AM

Hilary St John Bower, who'd worked as an English speech instructor at the Polytechnic Univ in Hong Kong, had been deceased for more than a week by the time he was reported lost on March thirty, according to a police statement."The victim was killed on the evening of March twenty-two in mainland China," the Hong Kong police said, after receiving notice from their Chinese counterparts.

A 60-year-old British man who went lost for several weeks in late March, was confirmed to have been killed in China, the Hong Kong police said in a statement after being notified by Chinese authorities.

Hilary St John Bower, who'd worked as an English speech instructor at the Polytechnic Univ in Hong Kong, had been deceased for more than a week by the time he was reported lost on March thirty, according to a police statement.

"The victim was killed on the evening of March twenty-two in mainland China," the Hong Kong police said, after receiving notice from their Chinese counterparts.

The police statement included number specifics, however, on how he was killed, a possible motive, or why it'd taken so long to confirm Bower's death.

Hong Kong media reported that Bower had a longtime girlfriend and a son in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, and had frequently traveled between the two places.

The Chinese Public Security Bureau in Shenzhen said they'd number information on the case when contacted by Reuters.

The Polytechnic Univ also gave number immediate response to inquiries about Bower.

A U. K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesperson said: "We're providing assistance to the family of a British national reported lost in southern China and are urgently seeking further information from local authorities."

The Hong Kong police are presently seeking further details from Chinese authorities and investigations are continuing.

Bower had taught at the Polytechnic Univ since one thousand nine hundred ninety-six, according to his profile on the Univ website. He'd previously taught in China, S Korea, Thailand, Spain and Kuwait.

Murders of foreigners are extremely scarce in China, though the murder in two thousand-eleventh of another British man, Neil Heywood triggered one of the country'south biggest political scandals in decades. The wife of former top Chinese boss Bo Xilai was later convicted as Heywood'south killer, leading to Bo'south downfall and sentencing to life in prison in two thousand-thirteenth for corruption.

(Reporting by Tris Pan and Kevin Dai; writing by James Pomfret; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)

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