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Man admits Te Atatu murder

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 31/01/2017

A man has pleaded guilty to murdering and sexually violating a west Auckland woman.

Jaden Lee Stroobant, 20, had been due to stand trial in the High Court at Auckland on Wednesday after being charged with killing 69-year-old Cun Xiu Tian in her Te Atatu home on January 15 last year.

Instead, he pleaded guilty to the charge and two counts of sexual violation and was remanded in custody until sentencing on March 13.

Stroobant's trial had earlier been set for last November but was adjourned.

At the time of the attack, police said Ms Tian suffered a prolonged and violent assault.

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