A debt-ridden gambler who killed his wealthy friend, dismembered the body and dumped it in a suitcase on a road between Sheffield and Manchester has been jailed for a minimum of 33 years.
Ming Jiang, aged 43, was branded 'cruel and ruthless' by the judge who jailed him for life yesterday.
Jurors in his trial at Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown Court heard that the headless body of 36-year-old Yang Liu was found in a suitcase along the A628, near Tintwistle, last October.
Jiang and Mr Liu, both Chinese nationals and originally from Beijing, were friends and often gambled together but Jiang had wracked up debts of £273,115.
He lured his friend to his home, killed him with a blow to the head, chopped up the body and stuffed it into a suitcase before dumping it and setting it on fire.
Jiang then accessed Mr Liu’s bank accounts, spending £178,000 in a Manchester casino in two weeks.
Detective Chief Inspector Terry Crompton, of Greater Manchester Police's major incident team, described the murder as 'brutal and disturbing'.
Sentencing Jiang, who refused to attend court, Judge John Potter said: "Your actions ended the life of a gentle and kind young man.
“They demonstrate that you are a highly dangerous, cunning and ruthless killer prepared to stop at nothing to fulfil your own selfish desire to feed your gambling habit.”
The judge told Jiang he would not be considered for parole until 2050, by which time he would be 76.