Murderer, 32, is jailed for at least 30 years for strangling schoolgirl, 16, to death

Murderer 32 is jailed for at least 30 years for


A murderer has been jailed for at least 30 years for strangling a 16-year-old schoolgirl to death and trying to kill her stepfather in a Chinese takeaway revenge attack. 

Chun Xu, 32, was sentenced to life in prison after a jury convicted him of the murdering Wenjing Lin, also known as Wenjing Xu, by strangling her at the Blue Sky restaurant in Ynyswen, Rhondda Cynon Taf, South Wales, on March 5. 

Illegal immigrant Xu was also found guilty of attempting to murder family friend Wenjing’s stepfather, Yongguan Jiang.   

His Honour Judge PH Thomas QC, sentencing, told Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court in Xu’s absence: ‘You cruelly murdered an innocent 16-year-old girl in her own home.

‘You killed her as a wicked act of revenge upon her mother; Wenjing had done nothing wrong to you at all.

Chun Xu (pictured), 32, was sentenced to life in prison after a jury convicted him of the murdering Wenjing Lin, also known as Wenjing Xu, by strangling her at the Blue Sky restaurant in Ynyswen, Rhondda Cynon Taf, South Wales, on March 5

Chun Xu (pictured), 32, was sentenced to life in prison after a jury convicted him of the murdering Wenjing Lin, also known as Wenjing Xu, by strangling her at the Blue Sky restaurant in Ynyswen, Rhondda Cynon Taf, South Wales, on March 5

‘You, however, ended her life by strangling her with your hands, face to face.

‘It has left her mother utterly bereft, her only daughter taken away from her by you, someone she considered to be a member of her extended family.’

The judge said there was ‘no doubt’ the ‘vengeful and murderous attack’ on the family was planned ‘well in advance’.

‘The revenge motive, cruelly, savagely and carefully planned and executed, is clearly in its own right a substantial, aggravating feature,’ he said.

After sentencing, he added: ‘So that everyone understands the sentence, you will be in your 60s before you can apply to be released.

‘That will be in the year 2051. The fact you are able to be released does not mean that you will be released then.

‘You may never leave prison if it’s not considered safe and appropriate.’

His Honour Judge PH Thomas QC, sentencing, told Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court in Xu's absence: 'You cruelly murdered an innocent 16-year-old girl in her own home' (pictured: Wenjing)

His Honour Judge PH Thomas QC, sentencing, told Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court in Xu’s absence: ‘You cruelly murdered an innocent 16-year-old girl in her own home’ (pictured: Wenjing)

Wenjing lived at the takeaway in Baglan Street with her mother, Meifang Xu, and Mr Jiang.

The trial heard that Xu was a heavy gambler and owed the family £14,000.

He was said to have visited them armed with a kitchen knife, and, an hour before the attacks, had Googled ‘Can fingerprints be destroyed by fire’.

When he was later questioned by a psychologist about his fitness to be interviewed by police, he said: ‘I didn’t mean to hurt the little girl. I wanted revenge on her mother.

‘She upset me on many times and didn’t listen to what I say.’

Wenjing’s mother, speaking to the court via a translator, was tearful as she said her life has been ‘turned upside down’ by the incident.

She added that the whole family is missing Wenjing ‘terribly’ and that she will ‘be in our hearts forever’. 

She said: ‘She was my only child and my best friend. She was my everything, I can’t imagine my life without her.

‘I still make breakfast for her every morning and make her a cup of tea every night.

‘But our beautiful daughter has gone, I can never forgive him.’ 

The trial heard that Xu (pictured) was a heavy gambler and owed the family £14,000

The trial heard that Xu (pictured) was a heavy gambler and owed the family £14,000

Mr Jiang told the court he is missing his stepdaughter ‘unbelievably’ and spoke of the ‘scars’ he was left with after he was attacked.

Despite not being blood relations, Xu, also known as Little Gang, was regarded as a nephew by Ms Xu.

The family entrusted him with £20,000 that he said he would send back to China for them to pay a friend who had lent them money to start their business in the UK.

However, Xu only sent some of the money back and gambled away £14,000, which he had then begun paying back.

On March 4 2021, he rang Ms Xu and asked if he could go to see them, but told her not to tell anyone about his visit, before he strangled to death 16-year-old Wenjing the next morning.

After killing Wenjing, Xu began attacking her stepfather with two knives, stabbing him in the neck and body.

When Mr Jiang asked Xu why he was attacking him, Xu replied: ‘Money, money, money.’

Mr Jiang fought Xu off and went to find Wenjing. He discovered her lying on her back by the takeaway counter.

Despite attempts by the family and then paramedics to resuscitate the teenager, she was pronounced dead at the scene at 12.59pm.

Police found Xu in the kitchen, having cut his own throat. He was treated at the University Hospital of Wales before being arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder. 

Prosecutor Michael Jones QC, told the court that Xu first came to the attention of immigration authorities in 2015 after a raid on a Chinese takeaway in Merthyr Tydfil.

He applied for asylum in the UK and was invited for an interview in May of 2016 but failed to attend.

The court heard it has been confirmed that Xu has never been given permission to stay in the UK. 



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