Friday 18 October 2019

Man whose wife went missing on cruise in fraud trial

Daniel Belling: He has been sent to trial accused of mortgage fraud
Daniel Belling: He has been sent to trial accused of mortgage fraud

Tom Tuite

A father of two whose wife went missing during a Mediterranean cruise has been served with a book of evidence and sent forward for trial accused of a mortgage fraud in Dublin.

German national Daniel Belling's Chinese wife Xiang Lei Li (38) went missing during a cruise in February 2017.

The Dublin-based couple and their two children boarded the ship on February 9, but crew noticed Ms Li was missing when they did a head count at the end of the trip.

In April, Mr Belling (46) was arrested by officers from the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau.

Computer programmer Mr Belling, of Kilkee House, Clare Village, Dublin 17, faces seven charges under the Theft and Fraud Act. The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) directed trial on indictment.

Yesterday, he appeared again at Dublin District Court when he was served with a book of evidence by Detective Garda Niamh Seberry.

Judge Dermot Dempsey sent him forward for trial to appear on July 26 next.

Mr Belling spoke briefly, nodding and saying "yes" when asked if he understood.

Judge Dempsey noted there was no change in the defendant's circumstances, and he acceded to a request from counsel to grant legal aid.

Mr Belling has not yet indicated how he will plead.

Irish Independent

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