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Man jailed for life after stabbing partner to death in Leyton

Yi Xing Song pretended to be unconscious when police officers arrived at the scene (credit: Metropolitan Police) 

A man has been jailed for life after stabbing his partner to death in Leyton and sending a picture of her body to her family in China. 

Yi Xing Song, 54, pleaded guilty to the murder of Li-Qing Wang at the Old Bailey on Tuesday, 1 September. He was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 19 years. 

A court heard how he stabbed the mother of two 21 times in their shared home in Magnolia Close on Tuesday, 25 February. 

He then posted a picture of the victim’s body to her families social media chat group which was seen by her sister and father. 

Li-Qing Wang tried to leave Song in October 2018 (credit: Metropolitan Police)

Two friends of the family went to check on Li-Qing. When they arrived, Song directed them to the bedroom where she lay motionless on the floor covered by a duvet with a bloodied knife at her feet. 

They quickly left the building and called the police. Officers arrived at the scene 12 minutes later and found Song lying on the floor next to Li-Qing’s body refusing to move and pretending to be unconscious. 

Officers conducted CPR but despite their efforts Li-Qing was pronounced dead by medics at the scene. 

Paramedics confirmed Song was conscious although he remained uncooperative and refused to open his eyes except when officers took him out of the building and to a police vehicle. 

At the custody centre, Song was asked how he was feeling and replied he was upset he had killed his ‘wife’. 

He was then interviewed and claimed he did not know if he had killed her but admitted he had argued with her. Throughout the interview he continued to keep his eyes mostly closed. 

An investigation revealed Song had a history of alcohol dependency and his relationship with Li-Qing had been turbulent. In October 2018, she attempted to leave him because of his drinking, jealousy and controlling behaviour. 

However, police were later called to after Song was found in the street holding a knife and with superficial cuts to his left wrist. He also had a half empty bottle of whiskey next him and a piece of paper with a mobile telephone number and the name Li Wang written on it. 

Following the incident, Li-Qing decided to stay with him. 

Song was charged with her murder on Wednesday, 26 February 2020. He was remanded into custody and at a number of court hearings he was referred for psychiatric assessment. 

After being found competent, he appeared at the Old Bailey where he pleaded guilty to the murder and was sentenced to life imprisonment. 

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Considine, who led the investigation, said: “This incident has left a large number of victims in its wake, Li-Qing’s children have lost their mother, and her family in China are left with the most horrific final image of her due to the callous actions of Yi Xing Song in sending a picture of her body to her family chat group, which included her father.

“Song stabbed Li-Qing 21 times in a frenzied and overwhelming attack. Such was his own disgust at what he had done he could not bring himself to open his eyes.

“This has been a long and traumatic investigation, with much evidence in Chinese Mandarin being provided by devastated family members through an interpreter.

“The sentence handed down clearly demonstrates that suffering from alcohol addiction is not a defence for causing harm to others, particularly, as in this case, the most grievous harm possible.

“My thoughts are with Li-Qing’s loved ones, her children and her extended family, and I thank them for their selfless efforts to assist the investigation despite the language barrier and their distance from the UK.

“I sincerely hope that they find some peace in knowing that the man who took her life will now pay for that callous act with his own freedom.”

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