18 Jul 2012

Deliberations to begin in fatal handbag case

6:01 am on 18 July 2012

A jury will begin deliberating on Wednesday in the trial of a man accused of killing a woman after stealing her handbag.

Christopher Shadrock is on trial for the murder of Joanne Wang, 39, at a South Auckland supermarket carpark in 2008.

Four other men are accused of destroying evidence.

In summing up in the High Court at Auckland on Tuesday, Justice Brewer told the jury it must put aside any sympathy for Joanne Wang and her family or prejudice towards the defendants.

The Crown says Mr Shadrock, 24, snatched Mrs Wang's bag and made for a stolen four wheel drive.

It says Mrs Wang chased him and positioned herself in front of the vehicle before he accelerated heavily, knocking her to the ground. She died in hospital.

But the defence says the possibility Mrs Wang could die never entered Mr Shadrock's mind and he had no murderous intent.