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Murder accused had been refused leave to remain six months before arrest for killing
Wednesday 12th April 2017 @ 10:08 by Nigel P.
Gorton & Openshaw Hyde Tameside




A Derbyshire police forensics van  present at the rear of the of Murder suspect Miang Jiang’sapartment block in Beswick just after the discovery of Yang Liu’s remains in Tntwistle last October

Day 6 of Ming Jiang’s murder trial heard evidence from a senior Scenes of Crimes Officer that a clean-up operation was likely to have taken place at the suspect’s flat in Beswick.

However despite any clean up the first floor flat revealed many samples of blood and DNA belonging to murder victim Yang Liu

The jury at Minshull Street Crown Court, heard earlier on day five of the trial on Friday, evidence from the Home Office recording the date of Ming Jiang’s entry into the UK.

Records show Jiang was admitted on May 23rd 2005  on the 25th of May 2008 he applied to remain indefinitely.

This was refused but on appeal it was referred to the Home Secretary and he was allowed leave to remain another three years and on the 19th of May he was granted discretionary leave to remain.

This was reviewed in early April 2016 (six months before Yang was last sighted and subsequently killed) and an appeal to remain was refused and an appeal launched against that decision and an application to remain is currently, still  under consideration with the Home Office.

Friday’s court also heard evidence from Casino employees about Jiang’s behaviour in gambling establishments and how he was considered a high roller.

This was evaluated on the amount of money he spent, lost and won and the amount of time he spent at the poker and roulette tables.

The court was told how his playing habits afforded him VIP status in Casinos, where he could expect free shopping trips to Harrods, hotel stays and meals in the VIP restaurant at 235 Casino.

They heard how he would have a member of staff assigned to him and other VIPs to facilitate these perks.

The jury were told how Jiang could be moody, happy when he won, volatile when he lost and how he was escorted off the premises and barred at The Grovesnor Casino for being “abusive and disruptive”.

One member of staff described him as “eccentric,” another “unmanagable”.

To many staff and fellow gamblers he gave the impression that he was very wealthy, but beneath the facade was a man who according to HMRC records had never earned more than £36,000 while in the UK and in some years his declared income had dropped to just over five thousand pounds.

Evidence from phone message records in the months leading to Yang Liu’s dissappearance show constant communication between himself and various money lenders and a pawn broker.

It appears Jiang was abble to manage many of his loans until the weeks leading up to October 2016 when he appeared increasingly desperate for funds sending friends and gambling colleagues pleading messages for small loans.

In September an agent from the Hyde branch of the Provident loan company, visited Jiang at his flat in Beswick where he arranged a loan of £200, though Jiang had asked for a £1000.

That loan remains unpaid as do several others, however a pawn broker who had regularly paid out loans to Jiang secured against expensive Rolex and Cartier watches told police investigators that Jiang retrieved several high value watches repaying £15,000 in cash on the 14th of October 2016.

The pawn broker thought this was odd and suspiscious and he asked Jiang to fill out a source of funds form, which he did.

He claimed the money came from a business account and said he owned several restaurants.

On Monday 10th of April, day 6 of the trial, jurors were told how sections of walls in Ming Jiang’s Beswick flat had been repainted.

This followed a two-week long investigation in October in which  pots of white paint, a mop, and a bloodstained ladder were sized as evidence.

Despite numerous blood stains in the apartment on Falconwood Way, the police report concluded that there is no actual evidence that an assault, (notwithstanding the probable clean-up operation,) had taken place.

Prosecuting, Peter Wright QC told the jury that items including a set of ladders, a mop, a tin of paint, a blood-stained box of staples and a tissue stuffed in the front door’s spy hole were seized, along with a designer jacket, several pairs of shoes, and a pair of red stained Armani jeans.

Swabs were taken from the flat’s ceiling, walls, furniture and worktop, as well as the boot of Jiang’s Mercedes.

Investigators also said there was an unusually large number of cleaning products found at the flat.

A trail of diluted blood was found leading from a footprint on the floor to under the sofa, and lead investigators to believe it had been moved, along with two small occasional tables, Mr Wright QC told the court.

A Blue Star Test was also carried out, where a luminescent chemical is sprayed to reveal blood stains not visible to the naked eye.

This highlighted several stains in the flat, in both the living room, on the bathroom floor, and beneath the wash basin.

Forensic tests have so far matched DNA samples taken from the flat to human tissue found at the layby near Tintwistle, where the charred remains of Yang Liu, of Salford Quays, were found in a suitcase in October.

The chance of DNA found in the flat belonging to anyone else other than Mr Liu, is about one in a billion (one thousand million), claimed the police report.

Most of the other DNA samples taken, the jury heard, are thought to belong to Jiang.

The trial continues.