Blood stains and DNA found in flat not conclusive evidence Killing took place there
Wednesday 12th April 2017 @ 11:27 by Nigel P.
Gorton & Openshaw Longdendale News Tameside

Ming Jiang’s flat in  Beswick police cannot say conclusively whether murder victim Yang Liu was killed and dismembered there despite finding blood and DNA belonging to the victim

The jury in the murder trial of Ming Jiang, has heard how the victim’s DNA has been matched with samples taken from multiple belongings of the accused.
Yiang Liu’s torso was found in a burnt-out suitcase near Tintwistle in October 2016, and jurors at Minshull Street Crown Court, were told yesterday how his DNA has been matched with samples from the accused’s clothes, flat and the boot of his Mercedes.
Swabs taken from Ming Jiang’s property during a two-week long search starting on Oct 22 last year, have provided a positive match with the deceased Yang Liu’s DNA, likely signs that an assault and – or dismemberment, and following clean-up took place in the flat, said forensic expert Jacqueline French.
“In my opinion, these findings support the view that an attempt has been made to clean up the flat.” she told the jury.
After DNA samples were taken from Mr Liu’s body in the layby, along with his razor and toothbrush, Mrs French concluded that: “Blood that could have originated from Yiang Liu was at the scene, from stains on the ceiling, settee and worktop.
“This supports the view that the blood is from Yiang Liu, although I am unable to say whether this shows signs of an assault or dismemberment or both.”
Tests on clothing taken from Jiang, including blood stained jeans and sandals, have identified him as the primary wearer, as his DNA was found on the inside of the waistband. Blood stains swabbed from these clothes has also been identified as belonging to Mr Liu.
This however does not necessarily mean Jiang was wearing them at the time, his defence counsel argued, as where DNA from both men was identified in a single blood sample, the origin of the blood cannot be established.
“We do not know the nature or dynamics of what happened in that flat,” said Guy Gozem QC.
“If those jeans had been lying in reasonably close proximity to whatever happened, could those jeans simply have been stained, just by being there?” he asked Mrs French.
“I cannot eliminate the possibility.” she replied.
“Your findings say that ‘in your opinion’ Ming Jiang was involved. What does that actually mean?” Mr Gozem asked.
“It means that between him being involved, or not being involved, it is more likely in my opinion and given my findings, that he was involved.” she replied.
Mr Gozem also remarked that the blood-stained jeans were a size 30, while the jeans worn by Jiang when he was arrested are a size 32.
Mr Peter Wright QC, prosecuting, later asked her: “If he had not been involved however, would you expect to see blood from Yiang Liu on Jiang’s clothing, or anything else to indicate he was not involved?”
“I would not.” she said.

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Reporting by James Stirr.