Teen murder accused to stand trial

Last updated 05:00 15/10/2012
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 will this week stand trial over her death.

Akshay Anand Chand is accused of killing the 18-year-old at her North Shore home in November last year while on bail for kidnapping and sexually assaulting her.

Marceau, 18, died in her mother Tracey's arms at their Eban Ave, Hillcrest, home. Chand, 19, was arrested soon after and a blood-stained knife was found at the scene.

He has been in custody ever since and will go on trial on Wednesday.

At a court appearance last month, Chand admitted charges of kidnapping, sexual assault with intent to commit sexual violation and threatening to cause grievous bodily harm.

His lawyer indicated Chand would defend the murder charge on the grounds of insanity. 

The charges Chand admitted all related 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 at the appearance last month, 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.

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