Court hears details of how victims died

The prosecutor in the Anxiang Du murder trial told the court Du killed Mr and Mrs Ding downstairs first before making his way upstairs, leaving a trail of bloody fingerprints, and attacking the girls.

Before "making good his escape" after the brutal attacks, Du washed the blood from his hands and from the knife, the court heard.

The bodies of Mr and Mrs Ding were found in the kitchen, and Alice and Nancy were found dead in an upstairs bedroom - Alice on the bed and her sister on the floor.

Post-mortem examinations found that Mr Ding had been stabbed 23 times, Mrs Ding 13 times, Nancy had 11 stab wounds, and Alice had four.

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