A MAN today appeared in court charged with murdering a 16-year-old who was stabbed to death in her family's Chinese restaurant.
Wenjing Lin died in the bloodbath in the village of Ynyswen, Rhondda, last week.
Chun Xu today appeared in court with a bandage over his neck after being treated in hospital following the attack.
The 31-year-old is charged with murder and the attempted murder of a 38-year-old man.
He was arrested in connection with the incident and remains in hospital in a stable condition but is no longer being treated as a suspect.
Xu spoke through an interpreter to confirm his date of birth and that he was of no fixed address during the brief hearing at Merthyr Tydfil Magistrates' Court today.
He was remanded in custody to appear at Cardiff Crown Court on Friday.
It is understood that Xu is not related to Wenjing.
Dozens of police officers swarmed the takeaway last Friday at around midday.
Wenjing Xu, also known as Wenjing Lin, 16, had been chatting to friends about a pal's 16th birthday party just before she died, a schoolmate said.
The teenager's family paid a touching tribute to their daughter, saying in a statement: “Wenjing had a very gentle soul, she was a very quiet person.
"Wenjing helped the whole family, working in the family takeaway. She enjoyed school and worked very hard. She was loved by her family.”
She was described as a "positive role model" in a tribute from her school.
Treorchy Comprehensive School said: "Wenjing Lin’s sudden death is a tragedy and has had a devastating impact on our school and in particular her friendship group and Year 11.
"Wenjing’s life, however, will be remembered as a masterclass in how to be the very best version of yourself that you can be.
"The school will remember Wenjing Lin as a positive role model. She was extremely hard working and was in the middle of studying for her GCSEs and had ambitions to go on to study Psychology and Maths and further Maths at A Level.
"The school is working with outside agencies to support all those impacted by this tragedy.
"Students in Year 11 and across other year groups have already had access to immediate support, and this will continue with the support of trained counsellors during the weeks ahead.”
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