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CCTV shows accused’s car travelling through Tameside
Thursday 6th April 2017 @ 15:57 by Nigel Skinner
Droylsden Gorton & Openshaw Greater Manchester Hyde Longdendale News Tameside

VICTIM: Yang Liu

Minshull Crown Court was shown an extensive catalogue of documentary evidence compiled by the police against Ming Jiang today.

He is accused of murdering his friend and fellow Chinese national, 36-year-old Yang Liu, in the ‘body in the suitcase’ trial.

Jiang, from Beswick, is alleged to have killed and then cut up his friend’s body, dumping his torso in a suitcase at a layby near Tintwistle in Derbyshire before attempting to destroy the evidence by setting it alight.

The prosecution claims Jiang was attempting to steal Mr Liu’s identity.

On the third day of the trial, Mr Peter Wright Q.C. prosecuting, produced a long list of evidence that will be referred to during the trial, which is expected to last for another two weeks.

The evidence included extensive phone records from both men’s telephones, listing calls to and from each other and also pinpointing the phones and SIM location at different times using the General Packet Radio System.

There was also extensive CCTV footage of both the accused and victim at various points illustrating a time line of events from the last time Yang Liu was seen alive, to the date of Jiang’s arrest.

This included Jiang’s Mercedes hatchback being driven on the night before Yang Liu’s mutilated torso was discovered at Tintwistle on October 10 last year.

ANPR Cameras pick up Jiang’s car leaving his flat in Beswick and taking a route along the A57 Hyde Road and through various fixed cameras along a route through Tameside, which again were recorded regularly by ANPR.

The route travelled through Tameside shows his Mercedes car travelling along the M67, then along Mottram Moor lane into Hollingworth, along Market Street and eventually to Tintwistle where Jiang’s Mercedes was captured for the last time traveling in the direction of Sheffield.

ANPR camera 105 Woodhead Road was the location of the last camera to capture the Mercedes travelling in an easterly direction.

That camera is just before the lay-by known as Didsbury Gate, where the torso was found by a walker the following day.

At the same time as the camera recognition there was also evidence of Jiang’s phone being picked up by a mobile phone signal transmitter.

The court was also shown extensive CCTV images of Jiang accessing cash funds at an ATM at the Sports City branch of Asda using Yang Liu’s cash card.

There are also images of Jiang purchasing petrol from a BP station in Ardwick before his Mercedes is recorded making the journey out to Derbyshire.

Further images were presented of Yang Liu alighting from a tram at the Velodrome close to Jiang’s Falconwood Close flat.

Yang Liu walks towards Jiang’s flat before Jiang appears on the footage joining Yang Liu on the short journey back to the flat.

Other CCTV shows Jiang at the casino and coming and going from Yang Liu’s flat in Salford Quays.