Akshay Anand Chand
The killer of teenager Christie Marceau will finish his prison sentence next month, but remain in a forensic mental health facility - possibly for the rest of his life.
But Christie's family say they will always live in fear of Akshay Anand Chand being released, and have trouble trusting the justice system which has "failed" them.
Chand, who was on bail when he forced his way into the Marceau family home on Auckland's North Shore in 2011 and stabbed 18-year-old Christie repeatedly, was back before the parole board yesterday.
At a hearing at Mt Eden Prison, the board ordered he be detained as a special patient at the Mason Clinic, where he is already serving a prison sentence. That means he will stay there until the Ministry of Health's Director of Mental Health deems it safe to release him.
Chand, who was also 18 at the time of Christie's death, was found not guilty of her murder by reason of insanity after being diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.
He is serving three years for kidnapping her, threatening to cause her grievous bodily harm with a knife and intent to rape her two months before her death. They were the charges he was on bail for when she died. His bail conditions included a 24-hour curfew and not going near Christie.
Chand was refused parole at his first hearing in December. Early release was not considered at yesterday's hearing, which was to set conditions for his "release" on October 8 - the end date of his sentence.
Christie's mother, Tracey, who cradled her dying daughter in her arms after she was stabbed, said her family never want him released.
"We live in fear for both ourselves and the community that he will be released. It give us no comfort or confidence that he is in a secure facility. We were supposed to be protected the first time and we were failed. How can you ask me to trust the system?"
Date of Birth
1993 (D.O.B. is approximate)
Mason Clinic, Auckland
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