The home in Warerview Crescent, Springfield Lakes, where Linjin “Violet” Cui was allegedly murdered by her former husband.
The home in Warerview Crescent, Springfield Lakes, where Linjin “Violet” Cui was allegedly murdered by her former husband. Sarah Harvey

Wife's dead body sawn into pieces

A MAN accused of murdering his ex-wife cut her dead body into seven pieces with a saw he bought from Bunnings, an Ipswich court has heard.

Linjin Cui, also known as Violet, is believed to have died at her home in Springfield Lakes last August.

This week Ipswich magistrates were presented with chilling evidence of what happened to her after she met her death.

Gory photographs taken by police showed how the 32-year-old’s arms, legs and torso had been butchered.

HER former husband, Jiagen Pan, 43, is accused of strangling her at the home the couple shared before their divorce in early 2009.

Ms Cui’s remains were later found at Pan’s home in Woodridge, Logan, after she had been reported missing by her new fiancé.

Pan was arrested and detectives later obtained CCTV footage of him buying a saw, as well as cement and a trowel, at a Bunnings hardware store.

A committal hearing in Ipswich was told the couple had met while working at a restaurant and later married without telling their families.

After divorcing Pan, Ms Cui became engaged to an old school friend, Zheng Hongyu, back in her native China.

Speaking through an interpreter, Mr Hongyu said he had tried to call Ms Cui on her mobile phone on August 12 last year as he was due to fly out to Australia the next day for their upcoming marriage – but his calls went straight to voicemail.

Feeling worried, as Ms Cui always answered her calls, Mr Hongyu contacted Queensland Police and was told officers would visit her home in Waterview Crescent the next morning.

When police arrived at the property on August 13 they saw a woman’s bag on the table and called a locksmith to let them in.

Inside they discovered blood and hair in a bedroom, ensuite bathroom and kitchen. More officers were despatched to Pan’s home address in Woodridge where police found Ms Cui’s recently-mutilated body.

Ms Cui’s sister Linying Cui told the court her sister had said Pan had a gambling debt of $20,000 and the couple had fought about it.

“Mr Pan had lost her lots of money through gambling,” Ms Cui said through an interpreter. “That made my sister unhappy.”

At least 14 witnesses were expected to give evidence during the committal, but the hearing was aborted when Pan’s defence team conceded there was sufficient evidence for their client to face trial.

Magistrate Donna MacCallum adjourned the case to Brisbane Supreme Court to be heard at a later date.

Pan is yet to enter a plea to the charge of murder.



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