A German national, residing in Dublin, is set to be charged with the murder of his Chinese wife, Li Yinglei whilst on board a cruise ship.
According to the The Irish Times, Daniel Belling’s wife disappeared whilst on board MSC Cruises MSC Magnifica during a 10 night Mediterranean cruise. Belling and his two children disembarked the cruise ship on Monday in Civitavecchia, Italy on Monday but without Li.
A descrepancy was found with the number of guests disembarked compared to the embarkation manifest 10 day earlier at the beginning of the cruise. Whilst it was established that Li had embarked the ship with Belling and their two children on 10th February, there was no evidence of LI Yinglei disembarking the ship on Monday at the end of the cruise.
Mr Belling was then held by poilice at Rome’s Ciampino Airport prior to boarding a flight back to Dublin with his two children. He was then arrested and transported to Rome’s Regina Coeli Prison, and is scheduled to be charged today with the murder of his wife, according to his lawyer, Luigi Conti.
Both of Mr Belling’s children have reportedly been spoken to by the police too.
Mr Belling is an IT Consultant based in Dublin but is orginally from Germany and holds German citizenship.
Mr Conti, Belling’s lawyer, has indicated that his client is currently ‘anxious’ about his forthcoming court date but will have the opportunity to explain the disappearance and whereabouts of his wife, Li.