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No parole for Fiji man

Shalveen Chand
Wednesday, December 18, 2013

FIJI-BORN Akshay Chand, who is serving a jail term in New Zealand for kidnapping and killing Auckland teenager Christie Marceau, has been denied parole.

The New Zealand Herald reported that Chand, 21, was jailed last year on charges of kidnap, assault and threatening to kill, but was found not guilty of murder by reason of insanity.

It is reported that Chand was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, and the Parole Board ruled it was "clear he cannot be considered for release" as he remains an "undue risk to the safety of the community".

In a decision released yesterday, the board said an updated psychiatric report stated Chand had a "well-established diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia which is currently stable due to medication".

According to the report, the ruling comes a day after Christie's parents welcomed a decision by the coroner to hold an inquest into their daughter's death.

It will take place next year but a date had not been set.

In November 2011, Chand, then 18, stabbed Christie repeatedly in her North Shore home. She died in her mother's arms.

Chand was on bail at the time and was facing charges of kidnapping, threatening and assaulting the 18-year-old university student two months earlier.

He was on a 24-hour curfew and had been ordered not to associate with, attempt to contact, or go anywhere near Christie or her home.

But just 32 days after his release on bail, Chand walked to her house armed with a hammer and kitchen knife and killed her, the media agency reported.