Sunday 19 January 2020

More time given in fraud case against man whose wife vanished on cruise

Daniel Belling faces charges of mortgage fraud
Daniel Belling faces charges of mortgage fraud

Prosecutors have been given more time to prepare a mortgage fraud case against a father-of-two whose wife disappeared from a cruise ship.

Daniel Belling (46) is facing trial and had his case adjourned for the preparation of a book of evidence when he appeared in Dublin District Court yesterday.

Mr Belling is the husband of Xing Li, who disappeared while they were on a Mediterranean cruise in 2017.

The charges against him relate to allegations of a fraudulent mortgage application and producing false documents at four different financial institutions between 2013 and 2015.

Mr Belling, a computer programmer and German national, of Kilkee House, Clare Village, north Dublin, was remanded on continuing bail. Garda Sergeant Paul Keane told Judge Carol Anne Coolican the book of evidence was not ready yet and sought more time.

The judge adjourned the case to July 5.

Mr Belling, wearing an open-necked blue shirt and black trousers, came forward when his case was called and did not address the court but nodded to the judge as he left after the proceedings.


He is charged with deception over the provision of a €112,500 mortgage loan, with the intention of making gain or causing loss to another at Bank of Ireland Mortgages, New Century House, IFSC, Mayor Street Lower, on March 13, 2014.

He is also facing a further six counts of using false instruments in order to deceive.

These are payslips, a P60, bank statements and a German ID card with a false date of birth.

Xing Li was last seen in 2017
Xing Li was last seen in 2017

One of those offences allegedly took place at Bank of Ireland, Burnell Green, Malahide Road, on July 1, 2013.

He is charged with the same offence at Bank of Ireland in Coolock Village on August 26, 2013, December 17, 2014, and January 19 and 27, 2015.

A further false instrument charge relates to KBC Bank, Main Street, Swords, on October 10, 2014.

Mr Belling has not yet indicated how he intends to plead to the charges.

Ms Li, also known as Angie, has not been seen since February 10, 2017. The family boarded the cruise ship MSC Magnifica in the Italian port of Civitavecchia on February 9.

After the ship set sail, it called at Genoa and ports in Malta, Greece and Cyprus. Crew members noticed Ms Li was missing when they did a head count at the end of the cruise.

Mr Belling and his children have since returned to Ireland.

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