A woman in central China’s Hunan Province was arrested after she allegedly killed and dismembered her boyfriend before throwing his body into a well, according to local broadcaster Hunan TV on Tuesday.

The 51-year-old suspect, surnamed Li, was captured on a passenger coach heading to Shenzhen, Guangdong Province on Sunday. Police said she confessed to killing the victim Yin, 48, about two weeks ago after getting into an argument with him over his gambling addiction.

Chinese woman arrested for boyfriend's gruesome murder.
Chinese woman arrested for boyfriend’s gruesome murder. Photo: Hunan TV.

Police said Li sent a message to Yin’s brother posing as the victim and asked for 30,000 yuan a few days after the alleged murder took place. She wanted to “create an illusion” that Yin had left home to work in a big city, according to police. Yin’s remains were found in a 50-metre-deep well by fellow villagers 12 days after he went missing.

The couple had been living together for five years in Yin’s native home in Lucidu, Taojiang County before the alleged murder, police said. Li, who is originally from neighbouring Guizhou Province, moved to Taojiang after her three daughters all married to villagers there.

Vivienne Zeng is a journalist from China with three years' experience covering Hong Kong and mainland affairs. She has an MA in journalism from the University of Hong Kong. Her work has been featured on outlets such as Al Jazeera+ and MSNBC.