"Gruesome" Chinese Student Murder "Involved in Internet BETTING SCAM"
Detectives piecing together the motive for the murders of ex-Newcastle University students Yang Zhen Xing and girlfriend Xi Xhou say Yang may have been involved in an international BETTING SCAM on the internet.
Police said an examination of the victims' computers and cell phones led them to believe Yang may have been involved in Internet betting scams and the arranging of fraudulent documentation like traveling visas and professional qualifications.
"A possible motive for the killing is beginning to emerge concerning the lifestyle of Xi Zhou and Zhen Xing Yang," said Detective Superintendent Steve Wade, leading the investigation.
"Community intelligence, supported by the examination of computer equipment and mobile call data, has shown that both of the victims have been involved in fraudulent activity which has angered and upset a number of people. We are currently investigating this as a possible motive for the killings."