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Ex-husband set to fight charge in Perth's 'body in suitcase murder'

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by October 26, 2016 General

The man accused of murdering his ex-wife, whose body was found floating in the Swan River in a suitcase, will fight the charge, his lawyer indicated on Wednesday. 

Ah Ping Ban, 65, and his daughter, Tiffany Wan, 25, are accused of murdering Annabelle Chen between June 30 and July 2.

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Police share details about Annabelle Chen

Police allege “body in suitcase” murder victim Annabelle Chen was killed by her only daughter and her ex-husband at her Mosman Park home.

The wealthy 57-year-old’s body was found dumped in the Swan River by fisherman on July 2.

Police will allege Ms Chen was killed by her only biological daughter and her ex-husband at her Mosman Park home.

Ms Wan, who lives in Melbourne, reported her mother missing more than nine weeks after her death following an extensive police effort to identify her.

Police will allege Ms Wan returned to Perth in September and door knocked Ms Chen’s neighbours before reporting her missing. They will claim Ms Chen was murdered somewhere between June 30 and July 2.

Ms Wan was in Perth visiting her mother on June 30 and, before she moved to Melbourne in 2011 to study, had lived with her in her Mosman Park home.

Mr Ban resides in Singapore and Malaysia but regularly visits Australia, police said.

Annabelle Chen and one of the tiles found inside the suitcase dropped at the Fremantle Traffic Bridge. Annabelle Chen and one of the tiles found inside the suitcase dropped at the Fremantle Traffic Bridge. 

Between 1996 and 2012, he had been a director of a company registered in South Perth. 

Ms Chen also has twin step-daughters, who are Mr Ban’s children, but Senior Detective Tom Mills said the family structure was complex.

One of the step-daughters lived in Perth, while another lived overseas. 

Senior Detective Mills said Ms Chen was a spiritual person who was private and enjoyed reading. She was born in Taiwan and moved to Perth with Ms Wan in the late 1990s or early 2000s following her divorce from Ms Ban.

Mr Ban and Ms Wan were remanded in custody to appear again in December. 

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