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Couple to stand trial after roadside murder of Chinese businessman Wing Fu Cheung in Northern Ireland


Gary and Lisa Thompson outside Laganside Court in Belfast

Gary and Lisa Thompson outside Laganside Court in Belfast

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Gary and Lisa Thompson outside Laganside Court in Belfast

A husband and wife have denied a string of charges linked to the murder of Co Antrim restaurant owner Wing Fu Cheung.

The 65-year-old Chinese businessman, known as Nelson, was attacked alongside his wife Kan-Fung Cheung after their off-road vehicle was ambushed and forced off the road as they drove home to Ballymena on January 7 last year.

Mr Cheung was then stabbed 17 times during a robbery and died as a result of his wounds. His wife, known as Wendy, also sustained knife wounds.

Appearing at Belfast Crown Court yesterday were husband and wife Gary and Lisa Thompson, formerly of Cunningham Way in Antrim.

Two men have already denied murdering Mr Cheung and wounding his wife. Portuguese national Virgilio Agusto Fernando Correia (33) from Randalstown, and 25-year-old Christopher David Menaul, from Antrim, are currently on remand awaiting trial. The Thompsons will join them for trial in the New Year, after they denied charges linked to the murder.

Gary Thompson (33) pleaded not guilty to murdering Mr Cheung, wounding Mrs Cheung and robbing Mrs Cheung of a handbag, iPad, iPhone, a purse containing £200, and credit cards. Charged with handling stolen goods, he pleaded "guilty to the mobile phone but not the bank card".

When the same charge was put to 34-year-old Lisa Thompson, from Monroe Avenue in Lurgan, she replied "not guilty." The couple are also jointly charged with assisting offenders - knowing that Correia and Menaul had committed an offence and allowing them to use their home for refuge to remove clothing used during the incident and clean themselves.

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They were also charged with perverting the course of justice - namely threatening Correia to discourage him from talking to police. Both denied the two charges and were released on continuing bail.

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