Anxiang Du sentenced for quadruple Northampton murder

28/11/2013

Anxiang Du, a businessman from the Midlands has been found guilty of the murder of a family of four in Northampton, a crime described by East Midlands Chief Crown Prosecutor Steve Chappell as 'a brutal and shocking crime'. He was sentenced today to life in prison with a minimum tariff of 40 years.

Du murdered Jifeng Ding, known as Jeff; his wife Ge Chui, known as Helen, and their daughters Xing (18) and Alice (12) in their home in Wootton, Northamptonshire, on 29 April 2011. They Dings were former business associates, but their relationship had soured following an acrimonious ten-year civil legal dispute.

The day before the killing, Du was served with an injunction, which effectively concluded the civil proceedings. He travelled by train and by bus from his shop in Birmingham to the Dings' home, armed with a kitchen knife and attacked and killed the whole family. He then left the country, fleeing to Morocco, where he was eventually found, arrested and extradited back to the UK.

He admitted the killings but raised the partial defences of diminished responsibility and loss of control on the basis of his mental health at the time. He was tried on four counts of murder and found guilty at Northampton Crown Court.

Steve Chappell, Chief Crown Prosecutor, CPS East Midlands said: "This was a brutal, shocking crime. Anxiang Du travelled to the Dings home armed with a knife and killed the whole family in their own home. The evidence was clear that this was an act of pre-meditated revenge and Du knew what he was doing. The jury had the option to consider a verdict of manslaughter, but has delivered a verdict that he was fully responsible for his actions and is guilty of murder.

"The Crown Prosecution Service has been working with the police since the very outset, providing advice to the investigation and taking all the required legal steps to ensure that Du could be brought back to the UK to face trial.

"The Ding family were honest, hard-working and well-liked people. It is a tragedy that their lives were cut short in this way. Our thoughts and condolences are with their family and friends."