Cissy Chen with her father and brother Peter in the
background. Photo / NZ Police
The man charged today with murdering Cissy Chen has made
a brief court appearance this afternoon.
Her partner Jack Liu, listed on court documents under his
full name, Yun Qing Liu, was assisted in the North Shore
District Court dock by a Mandarin interpreter.
The 57-year-old's lawyer Ian Tucker did not seek name
suppression for Liu, nor did he ask for bail today. But he
indicated he would make a bail application soon.
Judge Roy Wade remanded Liu in custody until April 30 when he
will appear in the High Court at Auckland.
The judge told Mr Tucker he could ask for the matter to be
called earlier if he wished to apply for bail earlier.
Liu was processed in the Henderson police station this
Ms Chen's brothers have travelled from China and attended the
court appearance this afternoon, flanked by police staff.
Ms Chen, 44, was last seen on November 5, 2012, after leaving
the accountancy firm she worked at and driving home.
Police found her body late last month after a contractor
mowing the lawns at Totaravale Reserve found a ribcage and
skull in a drain.
Most of the rest of Ms Chen's remains were found nearby.
Cissy Chen's brother Philip Chen said outside court today "is
a really great day''.
"All of the hard work and effort that the police have put in
is worth it. Finally my sister Cissy's soul can rest in
"I would like to thank the people that assisted the police
investigation and the lawn (mower) man who found Cissy's
"The year and a half since Cissy disappeared has put a great
stress on our family. It's hard to describe the pain we have
been through. This has been a very difficult year for our
(79-year-old) father,'' he said.
"As brothers and sisters we have always had a strong bond and
now losing our only sister is really hard to accept.
"Even now we are still quite lost at times. New Zealand is
such a peaceful and beautiful country. Cissy loved New
Zealand very much and we decided we will bury her in New
Zealand on the North Shore.
"Cissy always told me she was happy to emigrate and live and
work her and she said after she came here it changed her
life. She liked (it) here very much and she always told me
"We are thankful for Cissy's friends and work friends, who
support us, and to the New Zealand public.
"Cissy has always been a very kind and gentle person and this
has been very very hard for our family to take in. We really
miss her very much.''
Mr Chen, who was accompanied by his brother Peter, thanked
the media for reporting the case.
Jimmy Ellingham and Anna Leask