Man denies murder, admits other charges

KIRSTY JOHNSTON
Last updated 11:54 27/09/2012
Christie Marceau
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CHRISTIE MARCEAU: The 18-year-old was found dead at her home in Hillcrest, Auckland.
Akshay Anand Chand
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AKSHAY ANAND CHAND: Charged with murdering Christie Marceau.

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The man accused of murdering Auckland teenager Christie Marceau has admitted threatening to rape her two months before he allegedly killed her.

Akshay Anand Chand, 19, appeared in the High Court at Auckland this morning charged with murder, kidnapping, sexual assault with intent to commit sexual violation and threatening to cause grievous bodily harm.

He pleaded guilty to all but the murder charge, which lawyers indicated he would defend on the grounds of insanity.

The charges he admitted all relate to an incident in September last year, when Chand - who knew Marceau from primary school and a supermarket job - called her for help.

He threatened to kill himself unless she went to his Hillcrest home. Chand then hid a 20cm kitchen knife in the waistband of his pants, intending to rape her.

When Marceau arrived they sat and Chand talked about his problems.

Crown prosecutor Simon Moore, reading the summary of facts, said Chand then held out the knife and said: "If you don't obey me, I'll knife you. If you scream, I'll knife you. If you try to escape, I'll knife you."

Chand wanted Marceau to remove her clothes. When she refused, he threatened again to stab her and, frightened, she eventually stripped to her underwear.

The pair then talked for a further 35 minutes, with Chand telling Marceau his problems again. He then said he decided not to rape her, and allowed her to leave. He said he was going to kill himself after she'd gone.

Marceau discouraged Chand from harming himself but took the chance to leave, and raised the alarm.

Chand was then arrested and charged. He is accused of murdering Christie two months later, while on bail.

He was found at Marceau's house on the morning she died in November last year, along with a bloodstained knife.

He was arrested at the scene and has been in custody since. Moore indicated today that the murder charge would be defended on the grounds of insanity.

Chand will be sentenced before his murder trial, which is due to begin on October 17.

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