A man has been charged with murder after his parent's heads were found in an apartment in Hong Kong earlier this month.

Henry Chau, 29, and his friend Tse Chun-kei, 35, are suspected of beheading the elderly couple at a flat in Tai Kok Tsui.

The heads of Chau Wing-ki, 64, and his wife Siu Yuet-yee, 63, were found inside a fridge in the flat last week, a few days after their eldest son reported them missing.

Police are currently looking for the victim's missing body parts; three arms and four legs were found scattered around the flat and police divers have been searching the sea near the apartment.

Investigators were led to the apartment after the two men were arrested. They also found saws, knives, a chopping board, plastic boxes and bags with other body parts in them.

Both of the accused have appeared in Kowloon City Magistrates' Court and neither entered a plea.

Chau is believed to have told his brother that he had seen their parents after they first went missing on 2 March. He told his elder brother they were travelling to the Chinese mainland for a two-day visit.

However, police said there was no record of them leaving Hong Kong.

Chau is accused of luring his parents to the apartment building by pretending he wanted to buy it. The pair will next appear in court on 13 May.

A similar case is currently being investigated in New York. Bashid McLean, 23, is accused of killing his mother Tanya Byrd and then chopping her up and dumping her body in bags across New York.

According to the New York Post, McLean took a picture of himself in the mirror holding his mother's' dismembered head before disposing of her body. Police are believed to have found the images on his mobile phone.

McLean stands accused with his friend William Harris, 26. Both have been charged with murder and unlawfully dissecting a human body and hindering prosecution. Both deny the charges.