The trial of a man accused of killing a Northamptonshire family of four has got underway today.
William Harbage QC, prosecuting told Northampton Crown Court said the killing had come about after a business relationship turned sour.
– William Harbage QC
The defendant Du and his wife and Mr and Mrs Ding used to be in business together. The business relationship turned sour.
There followed a long running dispute lasting for 10 years involving protracted and acrimonious litigation in the civil courts for seven of those 10 years.
Although Du won the first battle he lost the last and was left with a large sum of money to pay in costs, some £88,000...
"...It was obvious to him that he had lost, he faced ruin, there was no other legitimate course of action for him to take to fight his case."