Chinese family murder suspect arrested in Morocco

8th July 2012, Comments 0 comments

Police in Morocco have arrested a man they think is the prime suspect for the murders of a Chinese family of four in Britain more than a year ago, British police said Sunday.

A man believed to be Anxiang Du was arrested Saturday in Tangiers over the killing of university lecturer Jifeng Ding, 46, his wife Helen Chui, 47, and their daughters Xing, 18, and Alice, 12.

The four were stabbed to death at their home in Northampton, central England, on April 29, 2011.

"Detectives hunting for Anxiang Du have been informed by Moroccan law enforcement authorities that a man they strongly believe to be the suspect has been arrested," a Northamptonshire police spokesman said, adding that they would lodge a formal extradition application with the Home Office.

Moroccan authorities were not immediately available for comment.

Du, 53, a former business associate of the family who lived in Coventry, central England, was named as the only suspect in the case shortly after the bodies were discovered.

But police had been unable to trace the man since he disappeared on the day of the murders, despite interviewing more than 2,000 people and viewing more than 5,000 hours of video surveillance footage.

Officers had travelled to Chinese communities across Britain and to eastern China's Zhejiang Province in their efforts to find Du, who had been locked in a legal dispute with the Ding family.

Ding worked in the chemistry and environmental sciences division at Manchester Metropolitan University, while his wife taught Mandarin part-time at a local business school.

In April, British police investigating the case arrested four people on suspicion of conspiracy to assist an offender, but all were released on bail pending further enquiries.

© 2012 AFP

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