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Man denies murdering Te Atatu grandmother

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 12/04/2016
Cun Xiu Tian. © NZ Police Cun Xiu Tian.

A man accused of murdering and sexually violating West Auckland grandmother Cun Xiu Tian in her home has pleaded not guilty.

Jaden Lee Stroobant, 19, appeared at the High Court at Auckland on Wednesday where he entered pleas of not guilty to murdering and sexually violating Ms Tian, 69, in her Te Atatu home on January 15.

She suffered a prolonged and violent assault and a great deal of force was used to strike her about the head and face, police said.

A trial date was set down for November 21.

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