24 May 2012

Murder accused in Marceau case named

5:23 am on 24 May 2012

Suppression orders have been lifted allowing the details of the case of a man accused of murdering an Auckland teenager to be revealed.

The orders were lifted on Wednesday when Akshay Chand, 19, appeared in the High Court in Auckland charged with murdering Miss Marceau in her North Shore home last year.

He was on bail at the time of her death, facing charges against her of kidnapping, assault with intent to commit sexual violation and threatening with grievous bodily harm.

He had been bailed to live at a house 350 metres away from the Marceau family.

At his last appearance, Mr Chand was committed to hospital for psychiatric testing to determine whether he was mentally fit to stand trial.

Justice Brewer said on Wednesday that the court had received reports from experts confirming the accused was fit to do so.

Ashkay Chand has pleaded not guilty and has been remanded in custody to a secure forensic unit.

Christie's mother Tracey Marceau says it was gut-wrenching when the accused was bailed to live near their home.

Ms Marceau says she can't understand the decision, which police strongly opposed and which left her daughter beside herself with fear.

The trial has been set down for October.