German parent of two apprehended after wife disappears during luxury Mediterranean cruise

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A judge in Rome, Italy has ruled that a father of two will remain in custody due to suspect behavior after he returned from a Mediterranean cruise on the MSC Magnifica without his wife.

Daniel Belling, a 45 -year-old German man who resides in Dublin, Ireland, was arrested soon after disembarking an 11 -day cruise in Civitavecchia, Italy, with just his two children, aged six and four, and not his Chinese-born wife, Li Yinglei.

Belling was comprehended at Romes Ciampino Airport while waiting for a flight home to Dublin with his two sons, reports The Telegraph.

The ships crew claims that Belling never reported Yinglei as missing during the cruise, which departed on Feb. 9 from Civitavecchia and stopped in other Italian ports of call, as well as Malta, Greece and Cyprus before returning on Feb. 20.


During a hearing on Friday, Belling and his defense lawyer Luigi Conti offered an explanation for his behavior, The Irish Times reports.

According to Belling, Yinglei was not enjoying the family vacation, so sometime between stops in Malta and Greece, she informed him that she wanted off the vessel. Once in Greece, Belling says Yinglei opted to stay on the ship while he and their children ran sightseeing in Katakolon– but when they returned, she was nowhere to be found.

Yingleis belongings were gone too, said Belling.

At the hearing, the father-of-two claimed that he didnt report his wife missing because she has a history of doing this kind of thing she left a previous vacation early, he says and assumed she was already on her way home to Dublin.

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Conti also was contended that Belling wasnt trying to hide his wifes absence at all, saying that Belling even informed a chambermaid of his wifes early departure, and told her to attain only 3 beds instead of four.

His behavior after disembarking was not that of a person who was trying to flee, Conti added in a statement to The Telegraph. He simply headed to Ciampino airport with his children to catch the flight that he had booked where reference is first organized the cruise.

Yinglei was last assured with her family on Feb. 10 in Genoa, Italy, by the owner of a keepsake store, who spoke with a local newspaper.

Until the public prosecutors office files charges, Preliminary Investigative Judge Maria Paola Tomaselli has ordered Belling to remain in the Regina Coeli prison in Rome due to both his suspect behavior and fears that he poses a flight hazard. His children have been placed in a state-run home until they can be reunited with household in Ireland.

Bellings lawyer added that Belling is very concerned about his wife, his children, and himself in that order.

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