Ding family murder trial

The trial begins of a man accused of the murders of Manchester Metropolitan University lecturer Jifeng "Jeff"' Ding, his wife, Ge "Helen" Chui, and their two daughers, Alice, 12, and Xing, 18, on April 29 2011.

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Jurors weep as 999 call played

Members of a jury in the trial of a businessman accused of murdering a Manchester Metropolitan University lecturer and his family in their home wept as a harrowing 999 call was played in court.

Anxiang Du, 54, is accused of stabbing to death lecturer Jifeng "Jeff'" Ding, his wife, Ge "Helen" Chui, and their two daughters, Xing "Nancy" 18, and Alice, 12, on April 29, 2011.

Du has denied carrying out the four murders on the day of the royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Prosecutors allege Du stabbed the Ding family in order to "avenge himself" after their business relationship turned sour and he ended up owning thousands of pounds in costs following a lengthy legal battle.

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Time of murder taken from 999 call

A Chinese businessman, motivated by revenge, brutally knifed a family of four on the same day as the rest of the country celebrated the royal wedding, a court has heard.

Anxiang Du, 54, denies killing Manchester Metropolitan University lecturer Jifeng "Jeff"' Ding, his wife, Ge "Helen" Chui, and their two daughters, Xing "Nancy" 18, and Alice, 12, on April 29, 2011.

William Harbage QC, prosecuting said Du had planned the killings and "carried it out with ruthless efficiency."

Jurors were told that the killings could be timed accurately because a 999 call had been made from Alice's mobile phone at 3.32pm.

The call was sent via BT, whose operator could hear the sound of female screams, more than one scream"

– William Harbage QC

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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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Jurors told no argument Du responsible for killings

Anxiang Du is standing trial accused of killing the Ding family in Northamptonshire.

William Harbage told jurors there was no argument that Du was responsible for the killings but he would claim he had not intended them to happen.

There is no dispute in this case that Du is the man responsible for these four tragic deaths.

There is no dispute that he unlawfully killed all four members of the Ding family.

Indeed, it was obvious from an early stage in the investigation that it was Du who did it, obvious from CCTV evidence of his movements and from forensic evidence, including his fingerprints found in blood at the scene. That much is admitted.

However, it is anticipated that Du may now claim that he should not be convicted of murder but should only be convicted of manslaughter on the basis of either diminished responsibility or loss of control...

...Suffice to say, the prosecution does not accept that this is anything other than the clearest case of murder, with the obvious motive of revenge, and any claim otherwise by Du is simply a blatant and transparent attempt to avoid his full responsibility for these grotesque killings.

– William Harbage QC
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Prosecution describes massacre of family

Anxiang Du, 55, denies mudering a Northamptonshire family of four.

Mr Harbage told the court that Du, "having massacred the Ding family", stole their car and went in search of another man, Paul Delaney, who had become involved in the civil litigation and lived elsewhere in Northamptonshire.

"Fortunately for Mr Delaney, Du did not find him," Mr Harbage told the court.

Du then fled; he drove to London where he took a coach to Paris, then travelled down through France and Spain to Algeciras on the Mediterranean coast where he took a boat to Morocco.

It was from there that he was brought back to the UK earlier this year, the court heard.

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Murder was result of decade long dispute

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.

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."

– William Harbage QC
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Prosecution opens case against Anxiang Du

Anxiang Du: Accused of murder Credit: Northamptonshire Police

The trial of a man accused of killing a Northamptonshire family of four has got underway today.

Anxiang Du, 54 and from Coventry, denies murdering Jeff Ding, his wife Helen and their two daughters two-and-a-half-years-ago.

Opening the case for the prosecution William Harbage QC said Du's motive "was one of revenge."

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Accused "Cold bloodedly stabbed them to death"

The Ding Family

The trial of a man accused of killing a Northamptonshire family of four has got underway today.

Anxiang Du, 55, is accused of killing Manchester Metropolitan University lecturer Jifeng "Jeff"' Ding, his wife, Ge "Helen" Chui, and their two daughters, Xing "Nancy" 18, and Alice, 12.

William Harbage QC told the jury of eight women and four men at Northampton Crown Court that Du armed himself with a kitchen knife and stabbed the family to death in their own home on April 29 2011, the day of the royal wedding.

Mr Harbage said: "Not content with killing them, the mother and father, in the kitchen of their own home, he then went upstairs to find their two daughters, Nancy aged 18 and Alice aged 12, cowering in a bedroom.

"He cold-bloodedly stabbed them to death as well."

Mr Harbage told the court, which contained members of Mrs Ding's family who had travelled from China to be present for the trial, that each member of the family had sustained many wounds, some of which had penetrated the chest cavity causing fatal damage to the heart and lungs.

Du denies four counts of murder.

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