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Family Of Four Murder Suspect Remanded
A Chinese businessman accused of killing a family of four in Northampton, has appeared at Northampton Crown Court.
Anxiang Du, 54, (right) faced the court on Friday 22 February 2013, charged with the murders of university lecturer Jifeng "Jeff"' Ding, his wife Ge "Helen" Chui and their two daughters, Alice, 12, and Xing, 18.
It was his first appearance at Crown Court since he was formally arrested on Wednesday 20 February after being extradited to the UK from Morocco.
Judge Rupert Mayo told Du he faces charges of the "utmost gravity".
A provisional date of 5 August was set for a trial, which is expected to last 10 days.
The bodies of Jifeng Ding, his wife Helen and their daughters Xing, 18, and Alice, 12, (right) were found at their home in Wootton, Northampton on Sunday 1 May 2011. It's believed they were killed two days earlier, on the Royal Wedding day, Friday 29 April.
Anxiang Du, 54, was arrested in Morocco in July 2012 and was extradited back to the UK on Wednesday 20 February 2013.
Du was remanded into custody to next appear for a plea and case management hearing at Northampton Crown Court on May 7.
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