Northampton

Ding murders trial: Jury considers verdicts

Anxiang Du
Image caption Anxiang Du was arrested in Morocco in July 2012

A jury is considering its verdicts in the trial of a businessman accused of murdering four members of a family.

Jifeng "Jeff" Ding, his wife, Ge "Helen" Chui, and daughters Xing, 18, and Alice, 12, were stabbed to death at their Northampton home in April 2011.

Anxiang Du denies four counts of murder but admits killing the Ding family.

His defence at Northampton Crown Court is that all four deaths were manslaughter, due to loss of control or diminished responsibility.

Mr Du, of Coventry, was facing a bill for court costs of £88,000 after losing a 10-year legal battle with his former business partners Mr and Mrs Ding.

The prosecution said the family were "massacred" by him in a revenge attack on the following day, 29 April - the day of the royal wedding between the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Mr Du stabbed Manchester Metropolitan University lecturer Mr Ding 23 times, Mrs Ding 13 times, Xing 11 times, and Alice four times.

The jury has heard Mr Du fled the UK and was found in Morocco in July 2012.

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