The Coroner is set to hold an inquest into the death of
Auckland teenager Christie Marceau, almost three years after
she was fatally stabbed in her home by a man released on bail
after kidnapping her.
While her family have mixed emotions about the hearing, and
going through the horrific details of the 18-year-old's death
again, they hope it will help prevent other families from
going through similar trauma.
On November 7, 2011, Akshay Anand Chand, then 18, stabbed
Christie repeatedly in her North Shore home. The 18-year-old
university student died in her mother Tracey's arms just
Chand was on bail at the time and was facing serious charges
of kidnapping, threatening and assaulting Christie two months
earlier. When released on bail Chand was ordered not to
associate with, attempt to contact, or go anywhere near
Christie or her home.
Judge David McNaughton also put a 24-hour curfew in place and
ordered Chand not to leave his mother's house unless he was
going to medical or legal appointments.
Just 32 days later Chand walked to Christie's house armed
with a hammer and kitchen knife, barged into her house and
In October 2012 Chand was found not guilty of murdering
Christie by reason of insanity.
He pleaded guilty to the earlier charges and was sentenced to
three years in prison but is serving his time at the Mason
Clinic where he is being detained indefinitely as a special
patient as a result of stabbing Christie to death.
Mrs Marceau and her husband Brian were informed recently that
an inquest would be held into Christie's death. It will take
place in 2014, but as yet a date has not been set.
It is understood that Coroner Gary Evans has asked police for
more information about the case. Usually when a case has been
resolved in court and a person held responsible for a death,
an inquest is not held.
Ministry of Justice spokesman Matt Torbit said Coroner Evans
could not comment on an active case.
"Essentially the role of the Coroner is to investigate the
wider circumstances of a death to see if something can be
done to prevent similar deaths happening again.
"Coroners investigating cases that have been before the
criminal courts does happen."
Mr and Mrs Marceau now live in Australia but will return for
the inquest and will make submissions.
Mrs Marceau said the family had "mixed emotions" about the
inquest and reliving Christie's final days in court and in
But ultimately they supported anything that could prevent
another family experiencing a similar tragedy.
"We are hoping to attend once we are informed of the date. We
are Christie's voice and she will be heard and we are very
pleased there will be an inquest," Mrs Marceau told the
"We hope that this inquest will highlight the flaws and
failings in both the justice and mental health systems as
Christie was betrayed by both. She should be with us now for
Christmas but we are facing our third without her.
"We hope the inquest is conducted thoroughly, as we never
want to see someone else go through what we have."