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Boys found murder victims' phones

Xi Zhou and her boyfriend Zhen Xing Yang
Photos of the couple were found on the stolen phones

Two schoolboys found stolen mobile phones linking a man to the murders of a Chinese couple, a court has heard.

The boys found the phones, containing photographs of Zhen Xing Yang and Xi Zhou, in a bag in a Newcastle park weeks after the couple were found dead.

Forensic evidence found on the bag was a match for defendant Guang Hui Cao, 31, the city's crown court heard.

Mr Cao denies murdering the couple, whose bodies were discovered at the flat in Croydon Road in August 2008.

Both the 25-year-olds were found dead on beds in the property. Miss Zhou had been struck about the head with a hammer or similar weapon while Mr Yang's throat had been cut.

Mobile phones and a laptop computer were taken from the flat.

A month later, two schoolboys found a carrier bag partially covered by bark under bushes at the entrance to Nunsmoor Park, the court was told.

Inside were three mobile phones, one containing photographs of Miss Zhou and Mr Yang.

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

One of the boys' parents recognised the couple after watching the BBC's Crimewatch, and alerted police.

On Tuesday, Northumbria Police forensic experts told the court that Mr Cao's DNA was found on the carrier bag, along with one of his fingerprints.

The jury has previously heard how the couple could have been murdered for money they made from an internet betting scam and selling false qualifications.

The trial continues.

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