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Couple's parents 'had no fears'

Xi Zhou and her boyfriend Zhen Xing Yang
Xi Zhou and Zhen Xing Yang met at Newcastle University

The trial of a man accused of murdering a Chinese couple in Newcastle heard how their parents never suspected they were involved in any scams.

The mutilated bodies of Zhen Xing Yang and his girlfriend Xi Zhou, both 25, were found in their flat on 9 August.

Guang Hui Cao, 31, of Castle Close, Morpeth, Northumberland, denies murder.

Newcastle Crown Court earlier heard the couple could have been murdered for money made from an internet betting scam and selling false qualifications.

On Tuesday, the court heard written statements from the couple's parents, who live in China.

Each said they had been in regular contact with their children by phone and the internet and had no reason to suspect there was anything worrying them.

The court also heard that Mr Yang, known as Kevin, had sent £45,000 back home to his parents, who spent their life savings on his tuition fees in England.

Guang Hui Cao is taken to court
Guang Hui Cao denies two counts of murder

He had told them the money was payment for commentating on football matches.

Mr Cao came to Britain in 2001 and enrolled at Gateshead College to learn English, the jury heard.

Since then he worked as a kitchen porter and dishwasher at restaurants in Newcastle.

The trial continues.

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