The murder trial of former University of Otago academic Clayton Weatherston is to continue with 11 jurors after one of the panel was today discharged by Justice Judith Potter.
Clayton Weatherston's former girlfriend wrote to him in prison after the murder of Sophie Elliott and was going to visit him but changed her mind, the High Court in Christchurch heard yesterday.
The murder trial of Clayton Weatherston was adjourned yesterday after one of the jurors was taken to hospital.
The murder trial of Clayton Weatherston has been adjourned for the rest of the day after one of the jurors became ill.
In a letter from prison, five days after he killed Sophie Elliott, Clayton Weatherston told a former girlfriend: "I am sorry that such a horrible person has been glorified in the media."
Former University of Otago academic Clayton Weatherston was obsessed about his ex-girlfriend Sophie Elliott and applying for an economics lectureship, the High Court in Christchurch heard yesterday.
Sophie Elliott was referred to by Clayton Weatherston's friends as "the psycho girlfriend", the High Court in Christchurch heard yesterday.
Sophie Elliott was referred to by Clayton Weatherston's friends as ''the psycho girlfriend'', the High Court in Christchurch has heard today.
The emotional extremes of the relationship between Sophie Elliott and the ex-boyfriend who killed her were under the spotlight in the High Court at Christchurch yesterday.
Sophie Elliott's best friend was in tears yesterday as she spoke of her fears Clayton Weatherston would harm her friend.
The head of the University of Otago economics department was not "too pleased" when he learned in August 2007 of the relationship between Clayton Weatherston and Sophie Elliott.
Five days before he killed Sophie Elliott, economics tutor Clayton Weatherston told a colleague his relationship with Miss Elliott was over and he was going to have nothing more to do with her.
Five days before he stabbed Sophie Elliott 216 times, University of Otago economics tutor Clayton Weatherston told a departmental administrator he had "moved on" and was glad the "bad relationship" was over.
Whatever Sophie Elliott screamed at Clayton Weatherston just before he killed her, the words were very loud and her daughter sounded "really frightened, scared"
A senior member of the University of Otago economics department told Clayton Weatherston in 2007 he believed there was little chance of him getting a lectureship with the department.
The mother of 22-year-old Sophie Elliott yesterday described seeing her daughter lying dead on her bedroom floor while her attacker continued to stab her.
Legal argument has delayed the start of the murder trial of former Otago University lecturer Clayton Weatherston in Christchurch.
In her opening address to the jury, Crown counsel Marie Grills said a pathologist would give evidence the pattern of 216 wounds inflicted on Miss Elliott indicated ''a persistent, focussed and determined attack''.
The emotional pain of his "torrid and tumultuous" relationship with Sophie Elliott provoked former boyfriend Clayton Weatherston to killing her, the High Court at Christchurch was told yesterday.
Sophie Elliott's mother has described the moment she managed to open her daughter's bedroom door and saw her lying dead on the floor while Clayton Weatherston continued stabbing her.