Chinese Student Murder: Yang may have Faked Degree
Detectives investigating the murders of Yang Zhen Xing and his girlfriend Xi Xhou, have now located his mother in China. Perviously, detectives had been puzzled by Mr. Yang's seeming lack of relatives
It has now been revealed that Mr. Yang may have been less than candid about his qualifications from Cardiff Business School, to obtain a place on a Masters course at Newcastle University. It is now thought that the pair may have become involved in seedy activities that attracted vengeful reprisals from territory-conscious internet gangs.
The Chronicle can reveal Newcastle University are carrying out a probe into the alleged forged qualifications.
A Cardiff University spokesman said: “We can confirm that Zhen Xing Yang, born February 1, 1983, attended Cardiff Business School from 2004 to 2005. Mr Yang left without an award.”
Mr Yang started the Newcastle course in September 2005 and graduated with an MA in international human resource management a year later.
There he met his girlfriend. She graduated with a MA in applied linguistics at the same time. She had been a pre-sessional English student from 2004 to 2005. A Newcastle University spokeswoman said: “We understand the investigation is ongoing in relation to Zhen Xing Yang and it would be inappropriate to comment.”
Yesterday the Chronicle reported suspected shady deals involving Mr Yang could have led to a savage revenge attack by a ruthless gang.
Police became aware of Zhen Xing Yang’s links to alleged passport forgery, fake visa and qualification documentation, and an internet football betting scam early in their investigation into his murder.
Detectives have been following the rumours and threats posted on internet sites from people said to have been employed by Mr Yang to help fix the outcome of betting on the results of games in the Premiership and other countries, shown in China.
But the couple may have been brutally killed in their flat in Croydon Road, Arthurs Hill, as targets of gangsters looking for profits.
Mr Yang suffered a sustained attack before being bludgeoned and stabbed to death by his killers, who then turned on his girlfriend.
They may have tortured him while trying to find if cash and profits from the alleged rackets had been hidden there.
A theory police are looking at as a motive is that members of a gang were outraged that Mr Yang had moved in on the lucrative racket.
Police know villains monitor websites for signs of criminal scams and anyone reaping the benefits. The internet was awash with allegations against Mr Yang and his girlfriend posted on Mandarin Chinese sites.
Detectives are now working on inquiries linked to other attacks on Chinese nationals. The Chronicle has learned one violent case under scrutiny involved a 31-year-old Chinese man. He narrowly escaped death but was left with a broken neck in the aggravated burglary and assault.