17 Jun 2015

Cissy case won't be reopened - police

6:43 pm on 17 June 2015

Police say they will not reopen the case of the death of Auckland woman Cissy Chen after her former partner was yesterday found not guilty of her murder.

Cissy Chen with her father.

Cissy Chen - pictured with her father Photo: SUPPLIED

Fifty eight-year-old Yun 'Jack' Qing Liu was accused of killing Ms Chen and disposing of her body in 2012, 16 months before it was discovered in a North Shore drain.

Detective Inspector Bruce Scott, of Waitemata Police, said they did not pass judgement on court outcomes.

But he said they would not be reinvestigating the case, and were not looking for anyone else in relation to Ms Chen's death.

He said the Chen family had been through an experience that no family should have to endure, and had shown strength and dignity since she went missing in 2012.

Outside the High Court in Auckland yesterday, a family spokesperson said they were devastated that Ms Chen's soul could not "rest in peace" and that her death would go unpunished.

Yun Qing Liu, charged with the murder of accountant Cissy Chen

Yun 'Jack' Qing Liu was yesterday cleared of Ms Chen's murder Photo: RNZ / Diego Opatowski

Meanwhile, court documents have revealed Ms Chen told a friend on the day she disappeared that, if she died, her partner would be the killer.

But the judge ruled the statement wasn't allowed to be used as evidence in the trial.

The Crown wanted to use a conversation between Ms Chen and a long-time friend as evidence during the trial. In it, Ms Chen told her that if she died, her friend was to call the police and say Jack was the culprit.

But Justice Katz ruled the conversation was inadmissible, saying the statement would be likely to assume a much greater significance than warranted.

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