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Pakistani denies killing Austrian-Filipina girlfriend

06 January 2017

By Vir B. Lumicao

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A Pakistani security guard accused of killing his Austrian-Filipina girlfriend Andrea Bayr in March last year, pleaded not guilty to murder on Jan 3 in Eastern Court.
Safdar Husnain, 28, made his plea before magistrate Jason Wan, who immediately ordered the case committed to the High Court for trial.
Husnain was remanded in jail. No bail was set as the charge is murder, a non-bailable offense.
The defendant, a tall and burly man who worked as a night-shift guard at a footbridge construction site in Tuen Mun, was subdued and arrested by police at dawn on March 29 while he was still allegedly battering Bayr, then 25, with an electric drill.
Husnain’s Pakistani friend who witnessed the incident called the police after the defendant allegedly attacked the victim during a fight over Bayr’s plan to break up with him.
Local media reports quoting police said Husnain was enraged when Bayr, a jobless divorcee, went to him to say she was moving in with a Caucasian boyfriend.
The reports said Bayr, who had been a waitress and manager of restaurants in Lan Kwai Fong and Wan Chai, was born in Hong Kong to an Austrian father and a Filipino-French mother.

The Consulate could not confirm the victim’s nationality, saying it did not have records of her or her mother, although she was a friend to many Filipino residents in Hong Kong’s, especially those working in the nightclub circuit.
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