Anxiang Du gets 40 years

Anxiang Du, from Coventry, has been sentenced to a minimum of 40 years in prison for the killing of the Ding family in Northamptonshire in April 2011.

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Man jailed for 'cold-blooded murders'

Sentencing Anxiang Du, who stood in the dock staring down at his hands, Mr Justice Flaux told him the jury had rejected his defence of diminished responsibility or loss of control.

What is clear from the evidence and the verdicts is that these were cold-blooded murders which, in my view, were pre-meditated and were considered acts of revenge in which you wiped out an entire family.

Barristers for Du had argued he should be convicted of manslaughter on the basis of diminished responsibility or loss of control as he was suffering a severe depressive illness at the time of the killings but jurors dismissed the claims.

I'm quite satisfied that hatred and anger and your desire for revenge was what motivated you to act as you did on the 29th of April, not the moderate depression you suffered.

Coventry man jailed for life for family murder

Anxiang Du Credit: ITV News Central

A Coventry businessman who murdered a family of four with "ruthless efficiency" has been sentenced to a minimum of 40 years in prison.

54-year-old Anxiang Du was yesterday found guilty of stabbing to death university professor Jifeng 'Jeff' Ding, his wife Ge 'Helen' Chui and their daughters Xing 'Nancy', 18 and 12-year-old Alice.

The attack happened on April 29, 2011, on the day of the royal wedding.

The trial heard that Du, from China, wanted revenge after a lengthy legal battle which left him with a bill of £88,000.

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Anxiang Du sentencing for family murder begins

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Coventry man to be sentenced for family murder

Anxiang Du was yesterday found guilty of four counts of murder Credit: Northamptonshire Police/PA Archive

A Coventry businessman who murdered a family of four with "ruthless efficiency" is due to be sentenced late today.

54-year-old Anxiang Du was yesterday found guilty of stabbing to death university professor Jifeng 'Jeff' Ding, his wife Ge 'Helen' Chui and their daughters Xing 'Nancy', 18 and 12-year-old Alice.

The attack happened on April 29, 2011, on the day of the royal wedding.

The trial heard that Du, from China, wanted revenge after a lengthy legal battle which left him with a bill of £88,000.

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Police mishandled victim's 999 call allowing Du to flee

A killer who massacred four family members was able to flee the country and evade capture for 14 months after police mishandled a 999 call from one of his victims.

The bodies of Manchester Metropolitan University lecturer Jifeng "Jeff"' Ding, his wife, Ge "Helen" Chui, and their two daughters, Xing "Nancy", 18, and Alice, 12, lay undiscovered for two days in a Northampton house, despite a frantic 999 call from the youngest family member.

Jifeng and Helen Ding and daughters Xing, 18, and Alice, 12. Credit: ITV Central

Alice made the call at 3.32pm on April 29 2011 as Anxiang Du carried out the killings and both girls could be heard screaming before the line went dead.

Northamptonshire Police "badly mishandled" the call with officers being sent to the wrong address and the emergency call closed when nothing untoward was found at that location.

The force admitted they will "never know what may have happened" if they had responded correctly to the call" but said it was "unlikely" the Ding family could have been saved.

An investigation by the police watchdog, the Independent Police Complaints Commission, said had the force responded correctly, officers would have been at the scene "within minutes."

Relatives of murdered family speak out after verdict

Relatives of the four family members stabbed to death said it was "like the whole sky had fallen down" when they were told about the murders.

Jifeng "Jeff" Ding, his wife Ge "Helen" Chui and daughters Xing "Nancy", 18, and Alice, 12, were murdered by businessman Anxiang Du in April 2011.

The Ding family were murdered in their home in 2011
The Ding family were murdered in their home in 2011 Credit: ITV News Central

Speaking after the verdict, Mrs Ding's father Zuyao Cui said:

Anxiang Du killed a whole family and it affected the older people especially. They have found it very difficult to accept.

The evidence we heard in court was just like a knife to the body.

When the two families heard about this it was like the whole sky has fallen down on them. We all cried together.

Mr Cui said Du had not shown any remorse during the trial and added that the fact he let himself in the back door showed that it had been pre-planned.

Judge pays tribute to victims' family and jury in Du trial

A judge has paid tribute to the family of four murder victims, as well as to the jury - some of whom were in tears as they returned a guilty verdict on killer Anxiang Du.

Coventry businessman Du will be sentenced tomorrow.

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Judge paying tribute to the Ding family members who have attended entire trial and to the jury, some members who are in tears #DuTrial

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