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Daughter to deny Perth suitcase murder

AAP logoAAP 26/10/2016

The daughter of a woman whose body was found stuffed in a suitcase in Perth's Swan River intends to plead not guilty to murder.

Tiffany Yiting Wan, 25, appeared in the Stirling Gardens Magistrates Court via video link from prison on Wednesday, accused of murdering her 57-year-old mother Annabelle Chen between June 30 and July 2.

Her lawyer indicated she would fight the charge.

A fisherman found the suitcase containing Ms Chen's body and distinctive ceramic tiles floating on the river on July 2, prompting a wide public appeal for information.

Wan, who lives in Melbourne, told police she last saw her mother on June 30 and reported her missing on September 1, which finally led to a breakthrough in identifying the reclusive artist's body on September 5.

Police said Ms Chen had been partly estranged from her large, extended family.

Detective Senior Sergeant Tom Mills confirmed to reporters after Wan's first court appearance last month that police had been told she door-knocked the homes of Ms Chen's neighbours in affluent Mosman Park, where she had lived since 1999, asking if they had seen her.

Ms Chen's ex-husband Ah Ping Ban, 65, also appeared in court via video link from prison on Wednesday but gave no indication of how he would plead.

The pair have been remanded in custody and will return to the same court on December 21.

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